Ba Be lake is about 240km from Hanoi and located in Bac Kan province in the northeast of Vietnam, a beautiful region and has long been a great destination for adventurers.
Ba Be lake listed as one of the world's largest fresh water lakes and the special heritage of Asean (Southeast Asian countries). Vietnam travel agents in Hanoi can organise a 2 day or 3 day tour to explore Ba Be and the unique experience is the homestay at Bac Ngoi village of the Tay minority. This picturesque vilage situated peacefully by the bank of the lake and can easily access by boat or road.
Tour itinerary 1:
Day 1: Hanoi - Thai Nguyen - Ba Be lake (Homestay)
Day 2: Ba Be lake discovery (Homestay)
Day 3: Ba Be lake - Hanoi
Note: This tour itinerary can be shortened within 2 days - 1 night. However, it is too rush because of long drive. 240km from Hanoi may take 6 hours.
Tour itinerary 2:
Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang
Day 2: Ha Giang - Dong Van
Day 3: Dong Van - Bao Lac
Day 4; Bao Lac - Ban Gioc waterfall
Day 5: Ban Gioc waterfall - Ba Be lake
Day 6: Ba Be lake discovery (Homestay)
Day 7: Ba Be lake - Hanoi
Note: This is a wonderful tour to see the highlights of the northeast Vietnam including Dong Van rock plateau, Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be lake. If you have time, go for this one and you will definitely have an unforgettable trip.
Things to do in Ba Be lake
Homestay is highly recommended to experience life and culture of the Tay ethnic group who live on the houses on stilts. The homestay is basic, but clean and comfortable enough. Remember to learn how to cook local foods and try some corn wine. If you want to stay in a mini hotel, it is possible but will be boring.
Boat trip is the best way to visit Ba Be lake. The trip takes around 4 hours and you can visit widow island, Dau Dang waterfall and Puong cave.
Trekking in Ba Be national park is also a good thing to do. Ba Be is a diverse area of biology.