Ban Chang Lake
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Ban Chang Lake

Ban Chang Lake with its straight, green pine forests as far as the eye can see, where the villages of the Tay and Nung ethnic groups live, create a vivid watercolor painting. This is an ideal place for tourists to avoid the hot summer days, with fresh air, a feeling of peace and learn about the national cultural identity. Let’s explore this romantic lake with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Ban Chang Lake?

Ban Chang Lake is located in Duc Van commune, Ngan Son district, Bac Kan province, Vietnam. The lake is about 60 km northeast of Bac Kan city center and about 230 km north of Hanoi capital, in the direction of National Highway 3 to Cao Bang, so it is very convenient to move and connect tours and routes with the province.

2. How is Ban Chang Lake unique?

Ban Chang Lake is an artificial lake with a water surface area of about 40 hectares, providing irrigation water for more than 100 hectares of agricultural land in Duc Van and Bang Van communes. From the center of Ngan Son district, go about 6 km towards Cao Bang. Looking to the left, you will see Ban Chang lake like a green “super machine” regulating the climate here. In the middle of the lake, it is easy to see that the small islands still retain their wild beauty and lush green trees.

Ban Chang Lake is a suitable place for camping or fishing trips and weekend picnics. It is a suitable place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, immerse yourself in nature and let your soul soar through the romantic pine forests, enjoying the exceptionally cool air. With a prime location and favorable climate, many tourists have come here to experience ecotourism.

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3. When is the best time to visit Ban Chang Lake?

Bac Kan is in the Northeast region of Vietnam, with clear seasonal climate differences. The highest temperature in summer is about 35 degrees Celsius, the lowest in winter is 7-8 degrees Celsius.

  • Summer, from May to July, can be considered the best time to travel to Ban Chang Lake – Bac Kan. At this time, the climate is dry, the temperature is 3 to 5 degrees Celsius lower than other regions and urban areas are full of noise and dust.
  • In general, you can visit this lake at any time of the year, depending on your time and preferences. In winter, the Ban Chang Lake area will be colder than in the city, suitable for those who love the cold of the northern mountains of Vietnam.

4. How to get to Ban Chang Lake?

4.1 From Hanoi to Bac Kan city

Bac Kan city is about 165 km from Hanoi capital. From Hanoi to Bac Kan there are 2 routes:

  • Route 1: follows old National Highway 3 (about 3 hours of travel, accessible by car and motorbike).
  • Route 2: follows the Hanoi – Thai Nguyen highway then continues onto National Highway 3, takes about 2 hours (can only go by car).

Passenger buses depart from My Dinh station (Hanoi). You can choose bus companies running the Hanoi – Bac Kan or Cao Bang route.

4.2 From Bac Kan city to Ban Chang Lake

From Bac Kan city to Ban Chang lake is about 60 km, travel time is about more than 1 hour. Particularly, the section from National Highway 3 to the lake is less than 2 km. The road is a bit small but is covered with beautiful concrete so it is still easy to travel. In particular, the entire road is filled with shady green trees, creating a relaxing feeling for tourists.

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5. Activities and experiences in Ban Chang Lake

If you are a person who likes peace and harmony with nature. Ban Chang Lake is an ideal destination not to be missed. Around this lake are green pine forests, the trees are straight and stretching beautifully. Coming here, you will naturally feel peaceful, comfortable and extremely relaxed.

The water surface of Ban Chang Lake is calm all year round, the water is clear and calm. The water surface area of this artificial lake is about 5 hectares, in the middle of the lake there are many small islands, adding to the wild and idyllic scenery. Coming here, visitors are fully embraced by the scene of calmness and relaxation.

Visiting this enchanting lake is an opportunity for visitors to admire the charming landscape painting. The harmony between the clear water and the green color of the immense pine forests creates a beautiful mark for Ban Chang Lake.

Today, Ban Chang Lake in Bac Kan is an ideal destination for picnicking, fishing, and relaxing activities on weekends. If you want to escape from the noisy streets, return to nature and let your soul be embraced by beautiful scenery, this is a place not to be missed. Whether alone or with friends and relatives, you will have poetic experiences at this lake.

Is it worth a visit to Ban Chang Lake?

To serve tourists, there is currently a camping service around the lake with lovely tents overlooking the lake shore. There’s nothing more wonderful than resting in a beautiful tent, admiring the peaceful lake view. Surely tourists traveling to Bac Kan will not want to miss this experience.

For those who are passionate about taking “virtual life” photos, the beautiful scenery around the lake will be the background for a series of extremely romantic check-in photos. Coming here on a sunny day, you will have more beautiful check-in photos. Of course, even on cloudy days, Ban Chang Bac Kan Lake still exudes a very poetic and poetic beauty.

In addition to camping, visitors can still choose this location for a day picnic. Just bring a tarpaulin, some drinks, fruit, snacks, etc., and you can sit and admire the scenery while sipping your favorite delicacies.

6. Specialty dishes when traveling to Ban Chang Lake

When traveling to Ban Chang Lake, visitors will not only admire the fresh and poetic natural landscape, but you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this Bac Kan land.

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6.1 Smoked sausage

Smoked sausage with main ingredients being small intestine and large meat. This type of sausage is marinated with iced ginger, so it has a special aroma that blends with the smell of sunlight and the smell of kitchen smoke. In many places where the craft is done, you can still feel the smell of wine and mac gall leaves. The smoked sausage is chewy and crispy, with a harmonious ratio of lean meat and fat, so no matter how much you eat, you won’t get bored.

6.2 Ba Be grilled fish

Grilled fish is another delicious dish created from the rich produce of Ba Be Lake. Local people often choose small fish the size of a thumb, both similar to goby and similar to flatfish in the lowlands, to grill. Cooked fish meat has a sweet taste, when you eat it you immediately feel its freshness. Crispy grilled fish is often dipped in chili sauce, enjoyed with a cup of fragrant corn wine.

6.3 Na Ri vermicelli

Vermicelli noodles are a famous specialty of Na Ri district, Bac Kan. Na Ri vermicelli is made from the starch of arrowroot – a product grown on Ang Toong pass at an altitude of more than 1,000m, so the color and flavor are completely natural. This type of vermicelli when boiled is very fragrant, and has a crunchy texture. And can easily be transformed into many delicious dishes.

6.4 Bac Kan specialty sour shrimp

Sour shrimp is a familiar dish in the daily lives of Bac Kan people. Because in the past, the Ba Be Lake area had a lot of shrimp, so our ancestors came up with a way to pickle them to preserve them longer. The specialty shrimp dish has a unique and delicious taste, both fatty and sour and spicy, stimulating the taste buds. Local people often eat this dish with boiled pork leg or pork belly, accompanied by a plate of sour star fruit, green bananas, polyscias fruticosa…

6.5 Bo Khai Vegetables

Bo Khai vegetable (Da Hien vegetable) is a Bac Kan specialty that often grows in rugged rocky mountain areas, looking like mistletoe. This vegetable can be used both to prepare dishes and to make medicine to treat liver diseases. After buying it, you don’t need to prepare it elaborately, just pick up all the vegetables, sauté fragrant garlic and stir-fry over high heat to have an attractive dish. Bo Khai vegetables can also be eaten with pho, fried noodles,…

7. Accommodation when traveling to Ban Chang Lake

When traveling to Ban Chang Lake, visitors can refer to some of the accommodation facilities below:

  • Diep Van Guesthouse. Address: Sub-zone 1, Na Phac Town, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Hai Huong Guesthouse. Address: Sub-area 2, Na Phac Town, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Hai Chau Guesthouse. Address: Van Tung Commune, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Huan Dung Guesthouse. Address: Sub-area 2, Na Phac Town, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Trung Duc Guesthouse. Address: Area 1, Van Tung commune, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Hieu Hien Guesthouse. Address: Sub-zone 1, Na Phac Town, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Hai Yen Guesthouse. Address: Area 2, Van Tung commune, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.
  • Phuong Nam Guesthouse. Address: Area 2, Van Tung commune, Ngan Son, Bac Kan.

8. Some other famous tourist destinations near Ban Chang Lake

During the trip to Ban Chang Lake in Bac Kan, tourists can visit many other famous tourist destinations to make the trip more complete below.

8.1 Ba Be Lake

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Ba Be Lake is a famous Bac Kan tourist destination near and far with many unique landscapes and biological diversity. Travelers will be immersed in the beautiful mountainous nature, enjoy countless traditional local dishes, freely explore the cultural identity of the ethnic people here,…The lake was formed about 200 million years ago, creating a rich, panoramic landscape like a beautiful watercolor painting.

8.2 Ao Tien

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Ao Tien is a small lake with an area of about 3 hectares on the top of the mountain, located in Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province. The pond has underground water connected to Ba Be Lake.

True to its name, Ao Tien possesses a magical and poetic scene. Surrounding Ao Tien is primeval forest so the weather here is always cool. The water is clear and blue, allowing you to see the bottom.

Looking down from above, Ao Tien looks like a giant mirror in the middle of the mountains and forests. The space here is so peaceful. Every day passes gently and peacefully. This promises to be a place for Bac Kan tourists to get rid of all the worries and troubles of everyday life. You may also enjoy our Ba Be National park tour offer here.

8.3 Dau Dang Waterfall

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Dau Dang is located in Ba Be National Park, formed from the Nang River, famous for being the most beautiful waterfall in Bac Kan province. The waterfall is more than 1000m long, divided into 3 sections: in the first section, water pours down from above with a strong, fast flow. The second section splits into 2 streams while the third section has smooth, dreamy water flowing, attracting tourists.

The closer you get, the more majestic Dau Dang waterfall appears, creating cool, white foam. Coming here, try soaking your feet under this waterfall to cool off in the summer or reach out and splash the water to feel the clarity here.

9. Some important notes when traveling to Ban Chang Lake

  • At Ban Chang Lake, there are not many services for tourists. Therefore, it is best to prepare enough food, water and necessary equipment when you want to camp or picnic around the lake.
  • If you want to take photos, don’t forget to invest in appropriate clothing to take more beautiful photos in harmony with the natural scenery.
  • Whether you come to Ban Chang Lake to have fun, enjoy the beautiful scenery or take photos. You should also pay attention to keeping the landscape clean. Avoid throwing trash indiscriminately or affecting the landscape and pine forests around the lake.

Ban Chang Lake is a beautiful and fresh destination loved by many tourists. Therefore, if you want to find a peaceful place and immerse yourself in the beautiful natural landscape. It’s an ideal destination, well worth considering. Surely you will have many beautiful photos when you come here, as well as have moments of living slowly, truly returning to nature.

If you are planning your tours in Vietnam to Ban Chang Lake, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional Vietnam tour operator. We are committed to accompanying and bringing the most interesting experiences to visitors on their journey to explore the beauty of Bac Kan.

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