Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (L, D)
7:am HTS tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for the journey to Ba Be Lake, a drive of approximately 150 miles. Along the way you will pause to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam who mostly live off the cultivation of rice.
You will continue to Ba Be National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall and a tiny island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Bo Lu Village, where you will spend the night in a homestay situation.
Day 2: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will depart for Cao Bằng, close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. You will meet the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village producing traditional farming tools.
You will see terraced rice fields all around, as you continue on to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the majestic falls that straddle the border between Vietnam and China. Spend some time at leisure, relaxing and taking photos as you soak up the sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall.
You will stay overnight in the Quang Uyen hotel.
Day 3: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B, L)
After a night at the hotel in Cao Bang, you will depart for your transfer south to Ha Noi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles through many rice terraces and passing remote villages.
You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production. This is a less traveled road in Vietnam and offers the chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area.
There will be a stop for lunch along the way, before eventually reaching your hotel in Ha Noi, where the tour ends.