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ba be- ban gioc

BA BE – BAN GIOC- Adventure Tour 4Days

(2 Reviews)
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Private/ Group Tour: 2-10
  • Sleep: Homestay & hotel
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5)~10km/day hike on flat and hilly roads
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc waterfall are the natural wonderland in Northeast Vietnam. Ba Be lake is well known with a natural largest lake in Vietnam and various kinds of fauna & flora. Ban Gioc waterfall, as the world’s fourth-biggest border-crossing waterfalls, is attractive for its picturesque painting of blue sky, great limestone mountains and stunning rice fields together with the daily life

With various types of landscapes with rivers, waterfalls and caves, Ba Be lake & Ban Gioc waterfall become a perfect destination for travelers that seek an authentic and adventurous travel experience. It is a truly amazing destination for the more adventurous traveler or for photographers looking to get off the beaten track. We have many different activities such as cycling, kayaking, hiking combine exploring the culture of hill tribes.

Our program has a well organized and flexible itinerary depends on the weather and your health, so to have a smooth program, let discuss with Zonitrip – local Tour operator Expert before book the tour. 

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi Old Quater area 

Price Includes

  • Private car with experience driver
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Boating or Kayaking ticket, bicycle
  • All meals are included
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water: 1 little/day/person

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities (industry recommendation is 5-10% of trip cost)
  • Personal items: Clothes, rain-gear, foot wears
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Beverage: Extra drinks

Complementaries

  • Comfortable walking/trekking shoes
  • Light comfortable clothes and warm clothes in winter time ( from Oct to Feb)
  • Take a small day backpack for hiking
  • Insect/mosquito repellent, sun cream, sun hat, light raincoat
  • Passport, camera
What to Expect
  • Kayaking/Boating at Ba Be lake + CyclingVast variety of flora and fauna, interesting geology and landscapes (waterfall, lake, caves, valley…)
  • Boating at Ban Gioc waterfall, Hiking in Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience staying at traditional homestay & enjoy the tasty Vietnamese food
  • Less touristic, avoid the crowed in tourism area, merge with nature
  • Well organization and flexible program with best price
Itinerary

Day 1HA NOI- BA BE LAKE ( ~250KM) (L,D)

Morning: 7:30: Our guide will pick you up at hotel, start your Ba Be – Ban Gioc Adventure Trip 4 Days. It takes around 5hrs to transfer by car, then you will stop for lunch before taking the boat trip.

Afternoon: Travelling on our private boat, you will go through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be – means Three Bays). You will enjoy the beauty of the lake, with green water and various flora beside the river and your boat. Soon, you reach the enormous tunnel of Puong Cave which measures an impressive 300m long by 30m high and many kinds of Bats. This is the result of millions of years of erosion from the flow of the river or you can choose to visit Dau Dang waterfall, with walking through the forest.

The boat will reach the homestay – the Bac Ngoi village– which is located close to rice fields and the lake.

If you are an active person, and don’t like to sit a long time on the boat, you can choose instead of boating by kayak activities. ( Swimming in the summer from April to September)

Sum up:

  • Dring time: 5-6hrs
  • Boating/kayaking time: 3.5 hrs.
  • Sleep in a homestay of Tay people ( If you want to enjoy the traditional performance of Tay people, there is an additional cost)

Day 2BA BE – CAO BANG – PHIA THAP ( QUANG UYEN) (150KM) (B,L,D)

Morning: Cycling about 5km to explore Waterfall. The route for cycling is very nice and peaceful. You will cycle beside of rice or cornfields, river, the villages with many stilt traditional houses, and green Karst Mountain. It’s also an interesting activity when seeing the locals catching the fish along the river and enjoy the peaceful life and fresh air.

After lunch: Transfer by car from Ba Be- Cao Bang.

Reach Phia Thap community-based tourism village – the famous incense making the village. The village is surrounded by limestone pinnacles which make for spectacular scenery. Every household in this village makes incense, so you can easily see and explore the process of making incense and talk with friendly and hospitable locals here.

Sum up:

  • Driving time: 4hrs
  • Cycling: 2,5-3hrs
  • Sleep in a homestay of Nung people

Day 3Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc waterfall - Cao Bang ( B,L,D) ( 150km)

7:30: Morning: You can hike a short trip in the morning 1hrs to the peak of ain in the village to see the panorama of Phia Thap village – located in the valley and surround by karst mountain.

After that, we will transfer to Ban Gioc waterfall – one of the largest waterfalls in Vietnam – located in the border between Vietnam and China. We will have time to take the beautiful pictures of 2 huge waterfalls in Vietnam, take the boat trip close the bottom of the waterfall and see the other side of the Chinese border.

Afternoon: New & Interesting Hiking route to Nguom Ngao Cave

We start a hiking trip to “Than Giap” small hamlet and discover the local’s habitant and the fabulous nature. This excursion takes the intrepid trekkers the difficult Challenge to pass, but when you feel running out of your energy amongst the mountains and hills, the sloping path will lead you downstream to the immense terrace-rice paddle field dotted with some farmers who are working. This scenery will freshen you up and you may be regretful if do not have the best picture for yourself. The new trekking road will lead you to enter the new rugged gate of Nguom Ngao Cave. The untouched spectacular darkness inside the cave takes you along the little stream and force you to climb up the cliffs beside this stream to pass. The crazy path ever but exciting get over all of the challenges and listened to its interesting legends will immerse you in the dark and light cave..

Finish the trip, we stay at a homestay or hotel.

Sum up:

  • Driving time: ~5hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel/homestay

Day 4BAN GIOC - HANOI ( 335km) ~7hrs driving

On the next day, on the way transferring back to Hanoi, you will enjoy the charming sceneries deeply reflecting the North Vietnam color: stunning limestone peaks, long-lasting lush paddy fields and untouched peaceful villages. To satisfy your desire of discovering, we will stop at an ethnic village known for its tobacco production, where you can not only learn more about the daily life of the locals but also enjoy peace and tranquility. There is a stop for lunch before getting back to Hanoi city and ending the trip.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Solo travel is taking off. More and more adventurers are forging their own path and travelling alone as part of a group tour. And it’s no wonder. With the confidence you gain from seeing the world on your terms, solo travel gives you a sense of freedom like nothing else.

If you want to travel to your own tune, you’ll be in good company with Zonitrip. Lots of our travellers arrive alone and leave with lifelong friends. With shared authentic experiences in far-flung destinations, our tours are the perfect chance to create lasting friendships.

We’ll match you with the group having suit your departure time, so you can share the tour cost. About single supplements like accommodation, most of our homestay have a single mattress so it’s very convenient for solo travel. If you want to upgrade a private room, the small surcharge can be accepted.
If at the departure time you want, we haven’t had any other group, you can book in advance or deposit to keep a sit. We will inform you of the update or customized suitable or better options.

You can also find many travel ideas and tours here in the best solo travel destinations. Don’t worry, let contact with us.
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How about accommodation?

After a long day with a lot of activities, we know a comfortable place to rest overnight is a special concern. A relaxed and enjoyable accommodation is not only to state the quality of the tour but also to get the energy back for the possibly hard days after.

We can say Vietnam tourism has been developing so well so please do not worried about the accommodations when on tours in Vietnam. We can easily find and stay in a 3 to 5 star hotels in the big cities or touristic areas.

However, the Trekking and Motorbike tours of Zonitrip are almost at remote regions where accommodations are not like other big towns, so we’ll stay mostly at the standard hotels or home-stay. But don’t’ worry, they’re surely safe and the equipment is comfortable enough for you:

  • Hotels: 

Most of the towns we stay during the tour are pretty small where there may be only one or few little basic hotels; however, they have will have most of the standard equipment for you to have a safe and comfortable stay such as soft mats, blankets, mosquito nets, Air-conditioning, clean toilets… and free wifi. We sometimes tour through some big cities/touristy areas and we can have better choices to stay in a better 3 or 4 star hotels.

  • Home-stay:

Mostly 90% of Zonitrip’s customers are pleased with staying at homestays. 

All the families we choose to stay have special permits and are certificated from the local government. Most of the homestays are nice wood and clean houses on stilts, are owned by warmly host, who are local knowing well area. Below is the equipment you can expect to have at the homestay: private mats, blankets, mosquito nets, fans, clean toilets, hot water. 

 

How's about the food?

We would like to say food on tours is one of the most important reasons to make our clients come back for more.
We serve almost local Vietnamese food on the tour. Generally, Vietnamese food is light but it’s surely not boring and so healthy. We can be sure all food is fresh with a lot of vegetables, especially for vegetarians.
We sometimes choose a basic roadside restaurant for meals or eating at homestay but the food is always fresh, tasty and plenty to choose.
Such as famous PHO (rice noodle soup), BUN CHA (special noodle with grilled pork), NEM (Spring rolls)…The local people have different methods to cook so we can be sure you can have different food for each meal during the long adventure tours in Vietnam. 

How do I book and pay?

All our quotes are in USD/VND. We accept Visa/MasterCard by either directly giving us your card details or using our authorized payment form, Western Union, bank transfers or cash ( USD & VND).
Once you have agreed on an itinerary or service we will ask for a 30% deposit and start making reservations for you. Once all reservations have been made we will confirm back to you. The final balance is due on your arrival in our area or before your tour departs.

What is cancellation policy?

-Once you have paid 30% non refundable deposit your trip is confirmed.

-Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by ZONITRIP

-For cancellations made within 7 days and 48 hrs before the day of the service we reserve the right to retain 25% of the due amount.

-For cancellations made within 48 hrs of the tour we reserve the right to retain the full fee.

-No refunds are given in case of force majeure

-No refunds are given if the client leaves the program after it has began for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no showing up

2 Reviews
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Tuan Tran – Australia

Family Traveller

Above all expectations
I did extensive research before planning our trip and looked at multiple tours. We went with Zonitrip’s 7 day adventure tour (to Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang/Ban Gioc and Ha Giang) as it included multiple activities that aren’t organized by most other tours. This included Kayaking in Ba Be Lake or near Ban Gioc waterfall or cycling to Hua Ma Cave. There were multiple treks that our guide (Zoey) who took us to the village after village that seemed completely off the beaten track. We walked off small tiny pathways will no signs that led further and further into small villages. Often we would be walking in rice paddies and taking various shortcuts. One great unexpected experience was taking a local villagers suggestion and walking up the top of a small mountain in Phia Thap with magnificent views. it was also Zoey’s first time and was well worth the 1hr trek (up & down). Zonitrip seems to be very knowledgable on where are good places to stay and take in reviews and feedback from many others. Every place we stayed out, we were very happy and preferred the booked accommodation over others in the same village. Communication with Zonitrip was excellent before the trip had begun and we came to an agreement on which accommodation was suitable for each night and any preferences. I also told Nghia my plans to propose to my partner with certain specific requests (including organizing a bottle of champagne, booking a nice hotel with nice views/rooftop in Cao Bang, ensuring private raft/boat in Ban Gioc waterfall, etc). This was, of course, all done (and my partner said ‘yes’!). The best part of the trip was having our Driver (Chu Mi-Anh?) and our guide Zoey. The driver was excellent with 30 years of driving – we felt very safe on the hazardous roads in Ha Giang. As my partner was scared of biking in Ha Giang, we took a private car and she felt incredibly safe (unusual for her) and slept on each trip! Zoey was the best guide ever and our trip was amazing mainly because of her. She was thoughtful and very friendly and she cared for us from start to finish every day. She was very knowledgable on every aspect of the tour – where to stay, guiding treks, available activities, interacting with locals, ordering food, basically everything! We certainly felt that she understood us and accommodated for our needs. Being Vietnamese (from Australia), I understood the interactions and I would certainly recommend her as a guide and also this tour. Best 1 week holiday we’ve had.

14/08/2019

Mai Tien- Vietnam

Family Traveller

Ba Be Lake-Ban Gioc Waterfall (4d3n)
My family had spent the wonderful days at Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall with Zonitrip & Ms. “Tour guide” Zoey (Tung) who was very nice, positive and friendly during our 4d3n tour.

Boating on Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall, bicycle to famous Hua Ma cave through very beautiful road with mountain, river and corn fields along to, visiting Ngườm Ngao cave, walking through the villages to get near to the life of people there … all made our tour to be very great.
Thank to Zonitrip & Zoey

24/04/2019
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