Travel all the way up to the Chinese border to visit the incredible Ban Gioc Waterfall on this 3 day tour, including a stay in Ba Be National Park.


Hotel pick-up from Hanoi Old Quarter

Luxury limousine bus transfers to/from Ban Gioc

Professional English-speaking guide

All meals as outlined in the below itinerary

Sightseeing and entrance fees

Homestays with the Nung and Tay people

From $150 per person


Day 1

Morning: Our tour guide will pick you up by car at your hotel in Hanoi around 7:30am. An early start is necessary for the long drive up to the Chinese border!

Around 3 hours in we reach Chi Lang Pass, a 20-km-long gorge between two towering mountains. This place occupies an important position in Vietnamese history as the location of many victories against various Chinese invasions over the centuries, as far back as 981AD. As such it bears the reputation of Vietnam’s strongest citadel and bastion.

Here you will have roughly an hour to walk around and explore the area around the Quy Mon Quan Gate, which translates as “The Gate of Monsters”. You’ll then have lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Dang.

Afternoon: Continue your trip over the pass, stopping to visit Mother’s Temple and Dong Khe, where The Battle of Dong Khe was fought during the First Indochina War.

In the evening you will get to enjoy dinner and overnight rest in a local homestay, owned and operated by a local Nung family.

Day 2

Morning: After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China.

Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing.

Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China.

You’ll get some time here to take in the stunning views and capture them on camera.

Afternoon: Once you’ve finished at the falls, it’s time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, another impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is full of incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake. Here you’ll meet another of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, with a homestay in a Tay village. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.

Day 3

Morning: After breakfast at your homestay, we’ll kick the second day of the tour off by boarding a boat and setting off onto the lake.

Sit back and soak in the views of stunning karst formations all around you, covered with wild vegetation and rich in wildlife.

The boat will then continue along the Nang River, giving you a chance to explore the caves of Puong Grotto. Here, you can marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites created through river erosion, as well as observe the thousands-strong bat colony that lives here.

Afternoon: After your exploration of the lake, you will have the chance to rest as we drive you back to Hanoi, taking in the beautiful scenery along the way.

You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant on the way before arriving in Hanoi at about 17:30.

Lily’s suggestion:

Complete your tour of Vietnam’s far North with the incredible Ha Giang Loop.

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