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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Ba Be National Park Trekking And Cycling 3 Days

The 3-day adventure Trekking And Cycling in Ba Be National Park in the north eastern Vietnam. The drive from Hanoi to Ba Be Park takes about 6 hours. You have nearly three days for your active adventure travel holidays, including such activities jungle trek, visit ethnic villages, boat cruise and biking around national park. Spending two nights at local home (homestay) in a Tay village also offers interesting experience.

Ba Be National Park is centred on Ba Be lake. The name Ba Be means “three lakes”, although the lake is one continuous water body, 8 km long and up to 800 m wide. At an altitude of 178 m, Ba Be is the only significant natural mountain lake in Vietnam. It is up to 29 m deep, and contains numerous small limestone islets.

Ba Be lake is fed by the Ta Han, Nam Cuong and Cho Leng rivers, which form the above-ground hydrological system in the southern part of the national park. The lake drains into the Nang river, which flows through the north of the park. The Nang river then flows southwards, eventually meeting the Lo river in southern Tuyen Quang province, before joining the Red River west of Hanoi.

Often referred to as the Ba Be Lakes, Ba Be National Park was established in 1992 as Vietnam’s eighth national park. The scenery here is breathtaking, with towering limestone mountains peaking at 1554m, plunging valleys, dense evergreen forests, waterfalls, caves and, of course, the lakes themselves.
There are 13 tribal villages in the Ba Be region, with most belonging to the Tay minority, who live in stilt homes, plus smaller numbers of Dzao and H’mong. A village homestay program is now well established, allowing travellers to experience life in a tribal village. Ba Be Center Tourism is Tay-owned and can arrange homestays, boat trips and multiday tours of Ba Be National Park, including trekking, cycling and kayaking.

Ba Be National Park Trekking And Cycling 3 Days

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (Lunch, Dinner, Guide) 3 - 5 km hike

In the morning, you’ll drive the 240km to Ba Be Lake National Park in a comfortable vehicle. It’s a long trip, but there will be breaks en-route, and the latter part of the journey takes you through striking mountain scenery. You’ll arrive with time for a sunset stroll in the crisp forest air before dinner. You’ll spend the night in Ba Be National Park's Guesthouse.

Day 2: Day of Trekking And Cycling (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) 24 - 30 km trek and bike

After breakfast, your tour guide will take you on a trek to Pac Ngoi village where the local people live by fishing and growing rice and corn on the land of "Soi Bai". You will walk along the stream edge to view the stilt houses. You will borrow bikes from a local family and cycle to the Tày ethnic - 4 area where you will explore an amazing cave in the mountain. The journey continues to Silk waterfall which is about another five km by bike. If it’s hot, copy the local kids and jump in and swim. We will have a picnic lunch at the waterfall.

In the afternoon, you will come back and leave the bikes and walk around Ba Be lake shore and try to capture some great photo shots of the sunset. You'll go to the local markets for souvenirs and then back to our Homestay by boat. You will have dinner and overnight at Bo Lu village.

Day 3: Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide) 2 -4 km hike

After breakfast at the Homestay, you will check out and leave the bags on the car. Don’t forget to bring your camera though because today is a chance for some more great shots.  Travelling on our private boat you will go through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be - "3 bays") and up the Nang River, to an astonishing site, Dong Puong, an enormous cave (300m long by 30m high) that the river has tunneled right through a limestone mountain.

The boat then goes up river to the small village of Tay people. Time to say goodbye to Mr Boatman, and you will transfer to the car for our return journey, stopping for lunch on the way.  You should return to your hotel at about 5 pm.

Inclusive

  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

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