Hiking and trekking with - a 15 - 17 km trek on day 2
Climate From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
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You will be collected from your hotel at 07:30 to begin your journey to Ba Be, driving through the mountainous provinces of Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan. Along the way, you can enjoy the marvellous views of rice paddies, tea plantations and bamboo paddle wheels on the banks of the river. You will have lunch at a local restaurant where you can try some tasty local dishes.
After lunch, your route will take you through the winding mountains and tea plantations. Upon arrival in Boc Lom Quay, you can transfer to kayaks and paddle down the Nang River towards Ba Be Lake. You will enjoy the dramatic landscapes of chalky cliffs, not bare, but with small wild gardens clinging to the flanks and the liana trees with their long hanging tendrils.
You will take the kayaks to visit Puong Cave, a tunnel studded with stalagmites and stalactites and home to thousands of bats.to Hua Ma cave. You will have time to look around the cave, take some great photos, and if you wish you can have a swim at Silk waterfall.
We continue to visit the ethnic minority village of Pac Ngoi at the edge of Ba Be Lake, where the Tay people make their living fishing and from rice and corn cultivation. They live in wonderful pretty stilt houses that you will be able to see as you explore the area.
Enjoy Ms. Que homestay's food and hospitality in her beautiful traditional house. In the area, there are many spectacular rivers, caves, and mountains to discover.
The later part of the day can be spent on Ba Be Lake, before returning to the homestay for a beautiful dinner of local specialities cooked by your host. In this time, you will also have the option of walking or cycling around Pac Ngoi Village, kayaking on the lake, or simply relaxing and enjoying the views.
Today you will have the chance to explore the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Ba Be as you trek through the national park. To begin the trek, your local guide will take you to visit Pac Ngoi Village around.
After that you will cross Pe Lu Stream and navigate some steep terrain, but as you gain height you will begin to see the beautiful views of the mountains. As you journey further towards the uplands, you will stop in a H'mong ethnic village where you will have a picnic lunch.
Your guide will then take you through the vast mountain ranges and valleys to see the stilt houses and school of the Dzao people and along the trail to visit another H'mong ethnic village. You will then return to your homestay where you can enjoy a dinner of local home cooked food.
After breakfast at the homestay, you will set out on foot to Bo Lu Harbour. From here you will take a three-hour boat trip, touring peacefully around the lake.
This is a great time to jump into the water for a swim to cool off or just relax on the boat. The trip will take you along the slow flowing river, giving you gorgeous views of the dramatic mountains, valleys, and natural caves.
There is also a good opportunity here for some bird and butterfly spotting - the national park is home to a wonderful diversity of flora and fauna. The boat will then take you through the tunnel of Puong Cave, with its spectacular array of stalactites and stalagmites.
You may also get the chance to see some bats here, as the cave is home to a colony of thousands. You will then get the chance to rest on the trip back to Hanoi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way, arriving in Hanoi at about 17.30 where you will be let off at your hotel. End the tour.
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