How to travel to discover Ba be lake in northern Vietnam

  240 Km distant from Hanoi, the hanging lake of Ba be is one of the most favorite destinations for travelers who love nature, culture, people. More important, this is one of the less touristic place on the tourist map of Vietnam.
 

 240 Km distant from Hanoi, the hanging lake of Ba be is one of the most favorite destinations for travelers who love nature, culture, people. More important, this is one of the less touristic place on the tourist map of Vietnam.

 

The lake is particular for its formation and its natural diversity. It is one hanging lake on the limestone mountains. The karst structure makes the sceneries more magical and breath taking. There are numerous caves, grottos, fissures camouflaged by the thick tropical forests and jungles. That becomes the ideal environment for many species to live.

 

The lake is supplied with water from rivers, streams coming from jungles around. One of the biggest river is Nang. It derives water from the Dau dang water fall and pushes toward the Puong cave.

 

Take a motor long boat for excursion is memorable experience. The boat will take you from the Pak ngoi village of Tay minority to the Nang river and continue until the cave and pass it to another side. It takes 5 hours for this trip.

 

Ba be lake is different from others in Indochine. It is hung in the lime stone mountains, and  keeps the water thanks to its thick soil bottom. The water can not pass through it and is distributed via the rivers.

 

It is not only the lake but also the rich biodiversity around. There are villages of minorities, jungles, and animals.

 

The Tay and Thai minorities inhabit this area for many centuries before arriving of Việt people. They live in house on stilts and have their own religious believes and culture. They speak a different language of Tay Thai group. Slowly they change themselves to adapt to the social changes.

The flora boasts for its richness but facing threat of deforestation. There are precious species, even in the red book. Iron wood is very precious and in danger in the forest.

There are primates, bears, birds and also snakes in the forest.

 

What to do for travelers in Ba be lake?

The most common excursion is on boat trip. You can do 4 or 6 hours to visit the water fall and the Puong cave.

Trekking is permitted until some remote villages such as this tour:

 

You will have a traditional breakfast which may comprise of noodles, pancakes or omelette and bananas and should be considered a luxury in this remote area of Ba Be. Leaving the Dzao village, it is a 10km hike to a H'mong Village where you may meet the children at the school. Often we will take some sweets, pens and notebooks as it is great to be able to give them a small gift. You will find a nice spot for a basic but tasty picnic lunch that we have brought with us. The last 10 km to Coc Toc village is undulating and a little bit of a workout, crossing Coc Toc Stream where the villagers make a living by fishing on Ba Be Lake. On hot days here, it is great to jump into the lake to cool off and take the chance to relax a little in the water. 

One unique experience is stay with local people in their houses, Homestay. Don't forget to do it. 

Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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 Hallo Mario
We had a nice flight back home, and now we are redatto to get back to work. Which is the hardest part or been back home :( 
The journey through Vietnam was marvellous and did enjoyed very much! We do appreciate your and all the staff in Vietnamtravelart professional!
Thank you for our discovery of your beautiful country! 
Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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