Ba Be National Park travel guide (Last updated on December 23, 2019):
Ba Be National Park is located in the northwest of Ba Be district, 68 km from Bac Kan town in the northwest and 250 km from Hanoi capital to the north. This is an ecotourism destination that attracts many tourists thanks to its wonderful natural landscape. Ba Be is a natural heritage of ASEAN that was recognized in 2004. The center of Ba Be National Park is Ba Be Lake.
Best time to travel to Ba Be National Park
With the cool year-round atmosphere of the mountains, you can go to Ba Be at any time of the year. However, we recommend coming in the summer to enjoy the coolness of the mountain and lake air here.
How to get to Ba Be National Park?
By Local Bus
The distance from Hanoi to Ba Be is about 200 km. With this option, you can go to the bus stations such as My Dinh or Gia Lam to buy tickets to go to Bac Kan province.
If you prefer to travel by motorbike, using this vehicle to go will be a very suitable option. However, you should pay full attention to complying with road traffic laws and avoid going at night to ensure safety.
By Tourist Bus
You can easily book a bus from Hanoi to up to Ba Be with prices from 10 USD to 15 USD/1 way. The car will pick you up in Hanoi old town and start departing from 7:30 am.
Get directions and show routes
You can get directions for driving, public transit, walking, or biking on Google Maps. Whenever you see multiple routes, the best route to your destination is blue. Other routes are in gray on the map.
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay & Hotels in Ba Be
Currently, the homestay model is developing and enjoyed by domestic and foreign tourists whenever traveling to Ba Be National Park. With this type of service, you will have the opportunity to live in harmony with nature and local people to explore and experience life here.
In addition, Booking.com is a very reasonable choice we would like to advise you with information and photos, very detailed service, as well as reviews of the people who have booked here.
Places to visit in Ba Be National Park
Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake is in the list of 16 most beautiful lakes in the world, as a “green pearl” of Bac Kan which is sure to be an ideal destination for visitors to explore here. About 240 km from Hanoi, Ba Be Lake is located in the central of this national park, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province. The entire Ba Be lake is surrounded by rocky mountains and primeval forests so the climate is so cool and pleasant all year round. So you can come in all seasons of the year, but the best time to visit the lake is in the summer, spring or early autumn. Coming to Ba Be Lake, you can rent a boat to explore the beauty of this place. There are big boats for rent, small boats, and dugout canoes if you love adventure. The water in Ba Be lake is very clear and green, so you can see the hawthorn trees and plants at the bottom.
Hua Ma Cave
Hua Ma Cave is located in Quang Khe Commune, Ba Be District. The cave has only recently been discovered so it is still almost untouched and enigmatic. The cave has been naturally shaped during the many-thousand-year process of geological changes. It is 700 meters in length and in some places, the cave opens up and is 50 meters in height. Inside the cave, there are thousands of stalagmites and stalactites of different shapes; some look like small towers, others are like a statue of Goddess of Mercy or a formal court of mandarins in the feudal time.
Being a two-headed cave, the Puong cave is 300 meters long, more than 30 meters high withstanding cliffs and stalactites of various shapes and colors, formed when the Nang River flows through the bottom. Lung Nham Limestone creates a very majestic landscape.
Dau Dang Waterfall
Dau Dang Waterfall is 16 km from Ba Be District, 3 km from Ba Be Lake, is an interesting place with the magnificent scenery for tourists in Vietnam travel to explore and enjoy.
Located in the “Third lake” of Ba Be Lake, Fairy pond is a small beautiful lake.
The waterfall is about 40 m high, with nearly vertical cliffs, hidden in the green of the forest, the bottom of the clear water with large rocks, gentle, you can bathe, enjoy the peaceful place. Come to Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), you will feel the grandeur of wild mountains, fresh air, pure, all will be unforgettable moments to come and want more times again.
Pac Ngoi Village
Pac Ngoi Village, Nam Mau Commune, Ba Be District is the stilt house village of the Tay ethnic group on the banks of the Lèng River close to Ba Be Lake. The village has more than 80 households with nearly 400 people. The people in the village are Tay people.
Come to Pac Ngoi you will experience and enjoy the delicious specialties of this place such as grilled fish, sticky rice …, sleeping on the floor, visiting the lake by canoe, fishing on the river, the lake … and here to visit the village of ethnic Ba Be Lake.
Best activities in Ba Be National Park
Beautiful unspoiled nature of rivers, streams, caves, waterfalls, rice fields makes it a place of trekking by favorite trekking lovers. Our advice is that you should hire a local tour guide, who knows the land very well, so you can take the best trekking routes to see and explore the wild nature here and there. The most important thing is to ensure your safety during the trip.
Ba Be Lake is famous for its calm blue water, so there is an activity you should not miss when you come here is to do kayaking. Not only can you directly explore the beauty of the lake, kayaking is also an opportunity for visitors to learn and experience the cultural beauty of the highland villages here.
Discover by biking
You can also explore this national park by bicycle. The rental price for a bicycle is about 10 USD / day. The roads around this national park are in good condition and there is not so much transportation here so it is very suitable for visitors to explore. With day-to-day cycling programs, you will be able to visit a few caves, ethnic villages, waterfalls …
In addition, you can rent a motorbike taxi so that they can take you to the most beautiful tourist destinations here.
Enjoy local food
Visiting Ba Be, visitors not only have the opportunity to discover the beauty of nature but also enjoy the specialties of this region such as:
- Grilled fish, grilled shrimps – this is a favorite dish of many tourists when coming here. Fish and shrimp are caught directly in the lake then clamped on the grill and grilled on charcoal for about 15 minutes.
- There are also fresh forest vegetables, pork, “com lam” … that you can enjoy right away at the homestay you stay.
Some other experiences should be noted
- If you want to travel to the national park by motorbike make sure you have outlined a suitable route. Don’t forget to bring a travel map or phone with an internet connection to use google maps and absolutely comply with traffic laws.
- Ask and agree in advance the price for each service you plan to use when you come here.
- If you want to go trekking, remember to bring a thin raincoat, shoes suitable for walking, insect repellent creams and clothes suitable for trekking.
- Remember to bring waterproof bags for electronic devices if you do kayaking.
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- When is Ba Be National Park open?
Open hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon – Sun.
- What’s the best way to see Ba Be National Park?
You can easily move to Ba Be from Hanoi by the following means: Local Bus, Motorbike, Tourist Bus. Depending on your travel plans to Ba Be National Park, you can choose the appropriate transportation. For those who prefer to explore on their own, you can use Local Bus or Motorbike, and for those who want to travel in Ba Be National Park according to the type of tour, there are many tours. 2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights departing from Hanoi will be very suitable.
- What hotels are near Ba Be National Park?
The popular type of accommodation in this area is the only homestay.
Some good quality homestays:
– Huyen Hao Homestay (1,3km from center). Phone: 0355 913 600
– Thai An Homestay (1,8km from center). Phone: 0967 081 844
– Minh Quang Homestay (800m from center). Phone: 0395 420 267
- What restaurants are near Ba Be National Park?
Right next to Ba Be Lake, there are local restaurants or you can buy food at your homestay. It will be very easy for you to find noodles, pork, fish, shrimp, crab … caught directly from Ba Be Lake and fresh vegetables. All the food here is very clean.
- What attractions are near Ba Be National Park?
You can visit beautiful tourist destinations such as Ba Be Lake, Hua Ma Cave, Puong Cave, Pac Ngoi Village …