Day 1 : Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Ba Be Lake (L, D)
8:00 HTS Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi, embark on a route into the mountainous areas north of Hanoi. On the way we will visit the Thai Nguyen Minority and Culture Museum where we can learn something about the culture and traditions of the different minority groups in Vietnam. We continue onwards to Ba Be National Park, one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many kinds of birds, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground river tributaries and also to local ethnic minorities, including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong.
Following an exploration of a spectacular cave, we hike around small villages and along the riverfront. The night is spent with a local family in a traditional house of a Tay family to experience their way of life.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake Boat Trip & Trekking (B, L, D)
After breakfast with your host family, you will board our boat for a cruise on the Ba Be Lake. Cruising on Ba Be Lake’s placid waters you visit fishermen who work from their dug-out canoes. Passing Peleng corner we will cruise further to Puong Cave, home to thousands of bats before we trek through H’mong and Zao village of Cam Ban. We will continue to Cam Ha village where you can observe the peaceful life of the Tay people living amongst the green rice fields. We have a lunch in a local restaurant near the Dau Dang water fall. Coming back to Ba Be Lake you will visit An Ma temple where Mac command in chief is commemorated. We will trek through Ba Be rain forests and climb a tower to get the best photos of the area. We return to Bo Lu village by for dinner and to spend the night.
Day 3 : Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)
After breakfast we will stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely Pac Ngoi villages where most Tay people keep traditional houses and hike to the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. Later our car driver will take you to “Pass” then stop so you can take amazing photos of the terraced fields. After lunch in a local restaurant we also pay a visit to the majestic Đền ĐuổmTemple, built during the Ly dynasty to commemorate the national hero Duong Tu Minh. We continue our journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5.00pm, where your tour ends.