5 Days
Duration
Hanoi,Ba Be Lake,Ban Gioc Waterfall,Bac Son Valley
Location
Year-round
Dates

Bac Son Valley in The North East Loop 5days

Route: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Bac Son Valley – Hanoi

The Highlights:

  • Experience the daily life of ethnic minorities with homestays at local stilt houses.

  • Boat trip on Ba Be Lake ( Ba Be National Park)

  • Visit the most beautiful waterfall – Ban Gioc in Vietnam

  • Tasting variety of local food

  • Admire the august mountainous landscapes in the North of Vietnam

Bac Son is a rural district of Lạng Sơn Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam and it is situated 160km northeast of Hanoi.

One of the interesting aspects about this valley is its incredibly high mountains which are about 500-1200 meters high. These mountains, together with the valley’s paddy fields, create a great scenic landscape that you can only see its best after climbing to the peak of a mountain which is located just a few minutes from the town.

The valley’s pathways leads you to the paddy fields where you’ll get a chance to see the beautiful river that runs crossing the rice fields. Besides the valley itself, Bac Son district’s villages possess a beauty of their own.

The district is inhabited by the Tay ethnic people and their traditional stilt houses. Some of the overnight bac son tours will be the best for both the scenery and learning the local life of the hill tribe.

If you wish to see the entire view of the valley, you would need to hike up to the telephone station which was built on the top of a high mountain. From here, you are absolutely amazed by the stunning 360-degree scenery of mountains, villages, rivers and farms. It can be tiring to climb the mountains, but the effort is very much worth it.

 Bac Son Valley Climate & When to go?

From Beginning of December to the end of March, Bac Son Valley’s ground is not very green because this is not the rice season. Here and there, the locals grow some vegetable for their daily consume. You are still able to witness the locals’ rural activities somewhere. Because of the weather, the mountains are green all year around. During this periord, it is still good for trekking/hiking activities in the region. However, some days in this periord, it is rather misty with drizzling

From April to November, The rice carpets the valley and landscape becomes so green and beautiful, it looks really stunning from a mountain’s summit. There are two crops of rice during these months. This is why the valley is known as the green paradise, except for July and November as these are the times when the rice getting ripe and the color is turning yellow, ready for the harvests. July and November are the favorite months for photographers to come and hunt for beautiful pictures. October and November are voted to be the best time to come for both weather and scenery.

The climate here is mild and generally warm and temperate. At an average temperature of 26.9 °C, July is the hottest month of the year. January is the coldest month, with temperatures averaging 13.4 °C.

Bac Son Valley is a place with significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. The average annual temperature is 21.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1538 mm.

Precipitation is the lowest in January, with an average of 17 mm. Most of the precipitation here falls in August, averaging 314 mm.

Please give a look at our photos which are sorted by different periords of the year so that you can imagine more easily and schedule your visit accordingly and better.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Private a/c vehicle

  • Private tour guide

  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Sightseeing tickets & Entrance fees

  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts (2 nights at local houses; 2 nights at a hotel)

  • Boat trip in Ba Be Lake

  • Bamboo raft at Ban Gioc Waterfall

  • Simple Bicycles (If not interested in the mountain hike)

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Hotel in Hanoi

  • Tips & Gratuities

  • Personal expenses & Other things not mentioned clearly in the Inclusions above.

NOTES:

In case of bad weather or physical condition, the alternative activities to the mountain hike can be walking around the villages, to the rice fields or embarking a gentle bicycling tour around this beautiful valley

Additional information

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DAY 1: HANOI – BA BE LAKE

The driver and the tour guide will come to pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.30 am and drive up to the Northeastern mountains for Ba Be lake with photo stops on the way. Arrive at Ba Be national park and take a walk around the Tay people village to learn about the local life. Overnight in Tay minority’s stilt house.

Included meals: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: BA BE LAKE – CAO BANG CITY

If you can wake up early, a morning walk is beautiful with fresh air. After breakfast, spend most of the morning to explore the lake and Nang river. These will include a cruise though this Vietnam’s biggest fresh water lake, a visit to Dau Dang water fall, Puong cave. Around noon, get on your private car to Cho Ra town for lunch at a local restaurant. After that,  we will head for Cao Bang. Arrive in Cao Bang City and check into a hotel for the free evening and dinner on your own account. Overnight at a hotel in Cao Bang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: BAN GIOC WATERFALL & NGUOM NGAO CAVE

After the breakfast at your hotel, we will embark the morning drive to the remote area, Trung Khach District. Have a short stop on the way to visit Phuc Sen village of the Nung people where you can learn how basically the local blacksmiths are making their farming tools such as knives, sickles, plough plates… Arrive at the Waterfall around 11.30. Take a short walk down to Quay Son River and get on a bamboo raft to visit the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. In the afternoon, continue on with a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone Cave, which is located about 2 km from Ban Gioc. Walking through this cool cave offers you a great chance to admire how wonderful the stalagmites and stalactites have been formed. Back to car and return to Cao Bang City. Overnight in Cao Bang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: CAO BANG CITY – BAC SON VALLEY

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and get ready for the morning drive to Bac Son Valley in Lang Son province. The drive includes some stops on the way for you to take photographs whenever you want. Arrive at Quynh Son village of the ethnic Tay people and have lunch on a stilt house. This afternoon you will walk to visit the village and hike up to the top of the telephone-station mountain for a stunning scenery over the valley. This is a great point for those who love photographing. Dinner and chat chit with the host of our homestay tonight.

However, you can choose to stay at a basic mini hotel or at a homestay of the Tay people (If you stay overnight at the homestay, you will be separated to different beds (for couple) as it is the culture of the local people for guests – men and women sleep separately)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: BAC SON – HANOI

After the traditional breakfast, this morning we will embark on a 3,5-hour hike on a rural back road. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. At the end of the hike we get picked up by our private transport back to the family. After lunch, we will drive back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi in between 4. 30 and 5.00 PM. End of service.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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