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Ba Be Lake

Bac Kan is blessed by nature with many picturesque natural landscapes. From the majestic primeval forests, to the vast natural lakes and rolling mountains, all create an impressive watercolor picture.

If you are a traveler who loves the majesty and poetry of peaceful nature, then one of the places that will surprise you during your trip to Bac Kan is Ba Be Lake.

1. Where is Ba Be Lake?

Ba Be Lake is located in Ba Be National Park – which is recognized as Vietnam’s national tourist area. Ba Be Lake is located in Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, about 70 km northwest of Bac Kan city and about 230 km north of Hanoi capital.

Boat trip - Ba Be Lake

2. How is Ba Be Lake unique?

The lake was formed over 200 million years ago. The lake built up on the limestone mountains, creating the lake. The greatest value of Ba Be Lake is its unique geological landscape, outstanding geomorphological value and tremendous biodiversity value. This is the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam.

In 1995, Ba Be Lake was recognized by the World Hook Conference. Ba Be lake is one of 20 special freshwater lakes of the world that need protection. At the end of 2004, Ba Be National Park was recognized as the ASEAN Heritage Garden.

The lake has a water surface area of more than 650 hectares, the water surface is always clear and calm. Ba Be Lake is called the green pearl of the National Park. Because the lake is surrounded by majestic rocky mountains and vast tropical forests.

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3. When is the best time to visit Ba Be Lake?

Ba Be Lake has both heavenly beauty and a cool, temperate climate all year round. Each season, this place has its own beauty that makes visitors admire it.

If spring is the Long Tong festival season of the Tay people, you will enjoy the bustling atmosphere of interesting folk activities and games taking place on the 9th – 10th days of the first lunar month such as boat racing, singing, dancing, archery, wrestling,… You will have more regional cultural experiences when having fun with local people.

Summer from May to September is the time to attract tourists to come here to avoid the sweltering heat in urban areas, the cool fresh air in the mountains, forests, and pristine lakes will dispel them. the sweltering sun of a summer day.

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4. How to get to Ba Be Lake?

4.1 Moving to Bac Kan city

Nearly 200 km from the capital Hanoi, visitors can easily travel to Bac Kan city by many means such as motorbikes, cars, and buses.

Traveling by private vehicles

This is quite a popular choice for travelers who want to be proactive and comfortable during their trip. You just have the opportunity to conquer the ideal road, with poetic scenery. However, you need to control your speed and obey traffic laws to ensure safety.

Traveling by coach

Passenger cars will be a fairly safe and fast choice. At Yen Nghia or My Dinh bus station, you can easily catch bus companies going to Bac Kan city with many different departure times.

Traveling by plane

In addition, for tourists in the Central or Southern region of Vietnam, you can choose a bus, or more quickly and conveniently, choose a plane to Hanoi then move to Bac Kan city. by road.

4.2 Moving to Ba Be tourist area

If traveling by personal means, you can follow the instructions of Google map or follow the reference itinerary below.

From Hanoi, follow the Hanoi – Thai Nguyen highway -> turn to National Highway 3 -> go to the intersection with TL 268 -> turn left and move towards Dinh Hoa (Chu Market) -> move along TL 254 Go to Bang Lung (Cho Don) -> continue going about 40 km to Ba Be Lake.

Fisherman - Ba Be Lake

5. Activities and experiences in Ba Be Lake

5.1 Visiting Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake is located right in the center of the national park, formed from geological fluctuations and subsidence of caves and limestone mountains millions of years ago. Creating a blue lake with a poetic and peaceful beauty that many tourists enjoy.

Visiting Ba Be Lake, visitors can choose to rent a motorboat, kayak, SUP (stand-up paddleboard) or canoe. There are usually two departure ports: Ba Be Lake and Nang River.

In addition to renting services on-site, visitors can choose a tour departing from Hanoi that combines SUP, kayaking and trekking through the national forest, conquering nature in one of the beautiful places of Northern Vietnam.

5.2 Visiting Ba Be National Park

Ba Be National Park is a destination that you should not miss on your journey to conquer Ba Be. With a large space of 7,610 hectares in 5 communes of Khang Ninh, Cao Thuong, Quang Khe, Nam Mau and Cao Tri, the national park possesses a diverse and rich flora and fauna system.

With the space of mountains, forests, and green lakes, you can not only discover the vast and wild beauty of this place. But you also have the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem of the place that preserves more than 1,999 plant species and more than 80 rare animal species.

5.3 Exploring Hua Ma cave

About 6 km from Ba Be Lake, you will pass 300m long steps running along the mountainside. Coming to the cave, you will be surprised with the unique stalactites, both mysterious and magnificent. Many tourists who come here imagine they are lost in a gilded royal palace.

To facilitate traveling to Ba Be and moving in Hua Ma cave, you should wear walking shoes to make the process of exploring the cave more convenient.

5.4 Exploring Puong cave

Another impressive destination in Ba Be that you should not miss is Puong cave. Located on a mountain with a length of 300m and an altitude of about 30m, coming to the cave you will admire the colorful and shaped stalactites.

Conquering Puong cave, you also have the opportunity to explore the underground water flowing through the cliffs and the smooth white sand in the cave. The cave is quite dark, so prepare a flashlight to fully explore this place!

5.5 Visiting An Ma temple

A spiritual tourist destination that attracts many tourists when coming to Ba Be, Ma Temple is a place to worship Buddha, Lord Son Trang, Mau Thuong Ngan, Saint Tran,… In the early days of spring, festivals take place here. bustling activities that you should come to participate in.

5.6 Dau Dang Waterfall

The majestic Dau Dang waterfall will be a destination for those who love to conquer and explore. Located between two rocky mountain ranges on the Nang River, this place has majestic mountain scenery, the waterfall falls from a height of 500m creating a majestic white wall.

Don’t forget to go to Dau Dang waterfall to cool off on hot summer days, especially if you also have the opportunity to admire giant sized fish.

5.7 Participating in highland markets

Participating in highland markets gives you the opportunity to shop for unique items and at the same time understand more about the beauty of highland culture. Market times are as follows

  • Nam Cuong Market operates on the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th lunar month.
  • Quang Khe Market operates on the 3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th lunar month.
  • Khang Ninh market and Cao Thuong market operate on the 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th lunar month.
  • Cho Ra – Ba Be town operates on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th of every lunar month.

Ba Be Lake tour 2 day from Hanoi

6. Specialty dishes when traveling to Ba Be Lake

When traveling to Ba Be Lake, in addition to admiring the amazing natural landscapes, you will enjoy the unforgettable flavors of Bac Kan specialties. But if you need to enjoy delicious dishes, please save this menu now:

  • Pac Ngoi grilled fish.
  • Roasted suckling pig.
  • Bamboo shoots rolled with meat.
  • Bo Khai vegetable.
  • Na Ri vermicelli.
  • Khau Nhuc.
  • Ba Be sour shrimp.
  • Smoked pork.
  • Smoked sausage.
  • Wormwood leaf cake.
  • Plum jam.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Ba Be Lake

According to Ba Be Lake travel experience, to have a complete trip, choosing a satisfactory accommodation near the sightseeing area is quite important. In Ba Be, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful space at homestays with natural views, built with unique architecture imbued with highland characteristics.

7.1 Resorts:

  • Saigon – Ba Be Resort. Address: Ba Be National Park, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Le Hung ecological area. Address: Thuong Giao Commune, Ba Be, Bac Kan.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Thuy Dung Hotel. Address: Sub-zone 5, Cho Ra Town, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Hoa Hotel. Address: Sub-zone 4, Cho Ra Town, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Viet Trinh Hotel. Address: Sub-zone 5, Cho Ra Town, Ba Be, Bac Kan.

7.3 Guesthouses:

  • Ba Be Legend Villa. Address: DT254, Khang Ninh, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Thuy Tien Guesthouse. Address: Bo Lu Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Dat Diem Guesthouse. Address: Pac Ngoi village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be, Bac Ka.
  • Hong Son Guesthouse. Address: Bo Lu Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.

7.4 Homestays:

  • Ba Be Lakeside Bungalow. Address: Coc Toc, Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Minh Quang Homestay. Address: Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Huyen Hao Homestay. Address: Pac Ngoi village, Nam Mau commune, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Ba Be Lake View Homestay. Address: Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.
  • Hoang Nguyen Homestay. Address: Pac Ngoi, Nam Mau, Ba Be, Bac Kan.

8. Some other famous tourist attractions near Ba Be Lake

8.1 Widow Island (Ba Goa island)

Ba Goa Island has an extremely favorable location, right in the middle of Ba Be Lake. Ba Goa Island is associated with the legend of Ba Be Lake about a widow who saved villagers from a great flood.

Coming to Ba Goa Island, you will see with your own eyes the beautiful landscapes that you have heard so much about. In addition, you can also experience swimming and watch the brilliant sunset at Ba Goa Island. Don’t forget to note Ba Goa Island on the Ba Be Lake tourist map.

8.2 Thac Bac Waterfall – Vang Village

Thac Bac Waterfall – Vang village is located in Hoang Tri commune and is located in the buffer zone of Ba Be national park. From our experience traveling to Ba Be Lake, we tell you an ideal place to see the panoramic view of Bac Ban Vang waterfall, which is from the top of Khau Vang pass.

Standing at the top of Khau Vang pass, you can capture the entire majestic image of the white silk strip of Thac Bac Waterfall. In addition, you can also go directly to Bac Ban Vang waterfall to experience soaking in the cool water.

8.3 Pac Ngoi village

Continuing with the tour to explore Ba Be Lake, you should visit Bac Ngoi village. Bac Ngoi village is located on the banks of the Leng River and close to Ba Be Lake. Coming to Pac Ngoi village, you will have the opportunity to exchange and learn about the culture of the Tay ethnic people.

In addition, this is also an opportunity for you to enjoy the specialties of the Tay people such as: Lam rice, grilled fish, five-color sticky rice… In particular, you can also experience sleeping in a stilt house or watch Thai girls. Beautiful Tay performed singing then, playing guitar,…

8.4 Fairy Pond (Ao Tien)

If you are looking for a beautiful photo location during your trip to Ba Be Lake. Come immediately to Ao Tien. Ao Tien is located near Ba Be Lake, you only need to walk about 100m to get there.

Legend has it that Fairy Pond is where beautiful fairies descend to play and cool off. Perhaps that is why the indigenous people call this place Ao Tien. Fairy Pond is like a magic mirror reflecting the silhouettes of all things on the clear water surface. You can freely take photos with the picturesque Fairy Pond.

8.5 Nang Tien Cave (fairy cave)

Fairy Cave is the last place we want to introduce to you in the Ba Be Lake travel itinerary. You can find Nang Tien cave in Luong Ha commune, Na Ri district.

As soon as you step into the entrance of the Fairy Cave, you will feel like you are lost in another world. The overwhelming darkness, the dim steam, the sound of gurgling water… You can feel all of these changes clearly. You should go with a tour guide to visit Nang Tien cave to ensure safety.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Ba Be Lake

  • Plan and schedule your trip to Ba Be early to prepare thoroughly.
  • You should experience traveling by boat to visit Ba Be Lake.
  • Dress politely and discreetly when visiting spiritual and sacred sites in Ba Be.
  • During the fun, you need to be aware of civilized tourism, not litter, and preserve the pristineness of the tourist destination.
  • You should check prices in many places and choose the right reputable place before deciding to buy specialties as gifts.
  • Comply with traffic safety laws when driving to ensure and protect yourself and those around you.
  • The air at Ba Be Lake is cold in the morning and at night, so jackets and umbrellas are needed in the summer. In addition, you need to bring mosquito and insect repellent cream.
  • There are not many food and grocery stores in the village, so visitors should prepare carefully and bring snacks and drinks. Meals should be ordered in advance.
  • If tourists want to stay in Pac Ngoi village, they can catch a motorbike taxi at the national park gate or ask the homestay to arrange someone to pick them up.
  • You should wear comfortable sneakers when visiting tourist attractions in Ba Be Lake.
  • You should bring all your personal documents, luggage, and personal medications.

Traveling to Ba Be Lake always brings visitors new experiences about the wonderful nature in the mountains of Northern Vietnam. If you are a nature lover, this will definitely be a destination you don’t visit just once.

In order to have the most complete trip to Ba Be Lake, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional local tour operator, we provide the most useful information and guide you in a detailed tours in Vietnam to explore Bac Kan with unforgettable experience.

Please drop an email to or call direct to +84829098686 for All things need to know before travel to Ba Be National Park information.

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