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Ba Be lake – An interesting destination of the Northern Vietnam

If you want to make an escape from urban worries and get into the fresh atmosphere of nature, then Ba Be Lake is the perfect choice for your trip.

1. Where is Ba Be Lake?

The lake is in Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, 230km from Hanoi. Local people call Ba Be by a special name: Slam Pe, it means “three lakes”. This name is derived from the lake is the confluence of three branches of rivers: Pe Lam, Pe Lu, and Pe Leng.

2. What time should we travel to Ba Be Lake?

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The pristine look of Ba Be lake

Ba Be Lake is a place where is really a great combination of mountains, rivers, water and cool climate of the mountain,… So, visitors can visit the lake at any time of the year. However, the ideal time to visit the lake is in Summer, early Autumn or Spring.

3. Which transfers to choose when traveling in Ba Be lake?

From Hanoi, you can take a motorbike or take a bus to Bac Kan, then drive to Cho Ra town and take a motorbike trip to Ba Be.

Passenger bus: Bus to Bac Kan departs from My Dinh bus station or Gia Lam bus station with the average price from 100,000 to 130,000 VND/ passenger.

By car: Follow Highway 3, start going toward Noi Bai, cross Soc Son to Thai Nguyen, this road is small and has many vehicles circulating, so you’ll need to pay careful attention when going on this road. From Cho Ra turn into a lake, on a small road, running through the mountain, you have to be careful with the turns.

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On the way coming to Ba Be lake

Motorbike: This vehicle will give you the comfort when you come to Ba Be and visit the surrounding area of the lake. Before driving your car here, check the vehicle, pay attention to speed and avoid going in the evening.

4. How to move to the lake?

You can rent a boat to row on the lake. If you travel in large groups, you can rent large boats, adventurous groups can move by canoe. Another way to discover Ba Be from Na Hang – Tuyen Quang is to rent a boat, rowing down Nang River to Ba Be for 2-3 days. In addition, cycling along the zigzag forest path or trek in the primitive forest of the lake is also very interesting.

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Rowing a boat on Ba Be lake

5. Tourist attractions can’t be ignored in Ba Be lake

Ba Be lake and Ba Be national park: This is the largest lake in Northern Vietnam. The entire lake is surrounded by mountains and primeval forests.

Puong cave: with the length of 300m, more than 30m high. The wonders of the cave with the stalactites are enough beautiful to steal any tourist’s heart at the first time seeing. In the cave, there are tens of thousands of bats living.

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Pac Ngoi pagoda

Pac Ngoi Pagoda: located in Nam Mau Commune, Ba Be District, this pagoda is a stilt house lying on the banks of the 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.

Dau Dang Waterfall: The Nang River is blocked by hundreds of large rocks that have to split into many small streams, the water flowing formed a majestic Dau Dang waterfall. The waterfall is more than 1,000m long with three steps, each with a difference of 3 to 4m in length, creating a wild and romantic image for Ba Be.

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Dau Dang waterfall

6. Where to stay while being in Ba Be Lake?

Homestays are now being developed in the villages here. In Pac Ngoi village, there are more than 10 households providing food, sleeping services at affordable prices, fully equipped with minimum equipment. If you love nature, you should sleep in the village to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the mountains. In addition, tourists can also stay in Bac Kan town or guest houses in Cho Ra, or in the hotel near the lake.

7. Delicious dishes can’t be ignored in Ba Be lake

Grilled fish, roasted small pig of Pac Ngoi, hill chicken, sticky rice, steamed bamboo shoots, Ba Be shrimp sauce, wild vegetable, stream fish,… are the specialties tourists should try when coming to Ba Be.

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A specialty of Ba Be Lake

8. Things need to notice before coming to Ba Be lake

The atmosphere in Ba Be Lake is cool, a bit cold in the early hours and at night, so you should bring warm clothes to avoid night dew, anti-mosquito cream, insect repellent, long-sleeved clothes to protect yourself from wild insects. Also, there are not many food and groceries in the village, so bring snacks and drinks along.

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