Vietnam is a beautiful country with diversified topography from river to sea, plain to mountain that offers a lot of spectacular landscapes. In which, there are many beautiful lakes consisting of both natural lakes and artificial lakes ranging from North to South. And you are highly recommended to visit one of those lakes while traveling in Vietnam as you will have opportunity to enjoy beautiful sceneries of lakes and countryside areas as well as to discover daily life activities of local people who live around the lakes and go fishing everyday for their livelihood. As below, we provide you with 3 most beautiful lakes to visit in your Vietnam tour packages, and thanks to their charming beauties, all those lakes are even praised as Halong Bay on land.
Nui Coc Lake is located in Thai Nguyen Province, around 90Km from Hanoi city. This lake is a reservoir with an area of 25km2 & 23m depth that is surrounded by mountains and includes 89 islands. It is attractive to tourists thanks to its picturesque scenery, fresh atmosphere and immense emerald rice fields. Especially, the local people until now still orally transmit a legend of a sad love story. The legend has it that there was a man named Coc who was so poor that he has no ability to find a girl to get married. He then met a beautiful girl named Cong who was daughter of a rich mandarin. They fell in love with each other very much, but the girl’s family did not allow them to get married as Coc was so poor. Coc returned to his homeland and waited for so long for his sweetheart until he turned into the present Coc Mountain. When Cong heard the sad new, she was broken-hearted and cried until she passed away. Her tears flowed and changed into a river which is the present Cong River and holds Coc Mountain closely. That's why when visiting to Nui Coc Lake, you can still feel the mystical beauty like a water-color painting than a real landscape. You can visit to Nui Coc Lake in one day or can arrange it as a stopover on your discovery to the Northeast of Vietnam.
Being well-known as one of the biggest artificial lakes in Vietnam, Thac Ba Lake is located in Yen Bai province that is a truly beautiful stop for your trip to the Northwest of Vietnam. The lake is created on the Chay River for construction of the Thác Bà hydroelectric plant in the 1960s. The lake is 24,300 hectares with 1331 beautiful islands dotted on the water surface that form charming and spectacular landscapes of mountain and river. While cruising on the lake, you will enjoy the fresh atmosphere of emerald water. Especially, it is so easy to see beautiful images of local inhabitants fishing on the lake by their small boats moving slowly around. A fantastic trip to the Northwest of Vietnam combining with Thac Ba Lake can be arranged as below:
Day 1: Hanoi – Thac Ba Lake
Day 2: Thac Ba Lake – Sapa
Day 3: Sapa – Lao Chai & Ta Van hill tribe villages – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Hang Da – Hau Thao – Sapa
Day 5: Sapa ethnic market – Drive back to Hanoi
Located at Ba Be district, Bac Kan Province, Ba Ba Lake is a fantastic place for a sightseeing tour as well as for adding on any Vietnam adventure tour. Ba Be Lake covers a water area of around 500 hectare and spreads over 8Km enclosed by steep, densely wooded slopes and white limestone cliffs. It is considered as the biggest natural water lake in Vietnam that offers a feast of limestone and tropical forest. The main sites to visit in Ba Ba Lake includes Tay ethnic villages who lives around the lake, caves and waterfalls that you can see while boating around the lake. Or if you are wildlife lovers, Ba Be is a great place to watch animals as it belongs to Ba Be National Park and you can see at least of 220 animals, 417 plans and 49 fish species that are recorded here. As below, we advise you a best 2-day 1-night trip to Ba Ba Lake:
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be: Depart from Hanoi city at 08:00 and you will arrive at Ba Ba Lake at around 14:00. Check-in your homestay and take a short rest before walking around the surrounding villages and discovering the daily life of local ethic people. Have dinner with local host and overnight at Ba Be Homestay.
Day 2: Ba Be – Hanoi: Enjoy a 5-hour boat trip in the morning to visit to Puong Cave and Dau Dang Waterfall as well as to see local people fishing on the lake. After having lunch, drive back to Hanoi and arrive at your hotel in Hanoi at around 19:00.
Or you can combine Ba Be Lake tour with Northeast adventure tour as below:
Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Son Valley
Day 2: Bac Son – Ba Be Lake
Day 3: Ba Be Lake – Cao Bang
Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall & Nguom Ngao Cave
Day 5: Cao Bang – Meo Vac – Dong Van
Day 6: Dong Van – Ha Giang
Day 7: Ha Giang – Hanoi
Hoa Binh Lake is a popular stop while you are on the way to visit to Mai Chau Valley. It is so beautiful that tourists even praise it as Halong Bay on mountain. This lake offers great scenery with picturesque islands jutting out from the lake surface. Normally, the tours only arrange driving on the road running along Hoa Binh Lake, however, it is also a great idea to stop at a local house in the middle of the lake and take 1-hour boat trip for enjoying the beautiful view of the lake and surrounding areas.