HANOI OFFROAD MOTORBIKE TOUR TO BA BE LAKE AND BAN GIOC WATERFALL
updated: September 13, 2017
By Minh Hoang
Vietnam Northeast Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc waterfall will bring you an unforgettable motorcycle tour to ride in the Northern Vietnam. It is the great north Vietnam motorbike ride from Hanoi, within 5 Days we learn and experience lots of things during our north Vietnam motorbike tour such as; home-stay in a local family in Ba be lake, stunning scenery, daily life activities of the local. Motorbike tour northeast Vietnam is always the best choice. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be lake area is one of the best place for off-road Vietnam motorbike tours.
Ban Gioc Waterfall – Probably the most beautiful and imposing waterfalls in Vietnam. The fall is of 53m in height and over 200 meters in width and listed the largest transnational waterfall in Asia. It is a fall which we should not miss during motorbike Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall: Hanoi Motorbike Tour to Ba Be National Park (242 km, 7 hours riding)
Today we depart for our memorable motorbike tour at 8:00 AM . With the motorbike ride out from Hanoi capital to the Red River on the Thang Long bridge, the rural suburb quickly gives way to the sprawling farm lands of the Red River Delta. North Vietnam motorbike tour along highway No 3 to Thai Nguyen for a stop to enjoy a lunch of traditional local Vietnamese food. Our motorbike tour is worth a visit to the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam Ethnic Groups.
Leaving the delta behind, we ride through the mountainous area of Ba Be National Park. After amazing motorbike tour in northern Vietnam we arrive in the center of National Park in the afternoon. We then have a short break after long motorbike ride, we motorbike ride down to the hill to visit Tay village. After check in home-stay, we will have free time to walk and visit around this wonderful area.
After this great northern Vietnam ride today, we will stay with the local family and enjoy the outstanding meal with lovely and hospitable local people.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Hanoi Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall: Ba Be Motorbike Tour To Cao Bang (130 km, 4 hours riding)
We start our motorbike tour today with Ba Be National Park, surrounded by rugged limestone mountains. This is Vietnam’s only natural mountain lake. Its important eco-system is very popular for its over 330 species of butterflies! We have breakfast with Tay family. The lush forest clinging to the surrounding mountains is your backdrop as we explore the lake. Reach the end of the lake and stop for a trek to Dau Dang waterfall.We then go back to village by local boat. Take our bikes and keep riding motorbike tour in northern Vietnam we head to further north through the lush mountain passes to the city of Cao Bang. Today we also have best motorbike tour of northern Vietnam.
Overnight in Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Loan hotel
Ba Be Lake (Vietnamese: Ho Ba Be, Ba Be meaning “Three Lakes” in the local Tay language) is the largest natural fresh water lake, stretching about 8 kilometers in the north-south direction. The surface area of the lake fluctuates between 3 and 5 km² between dry and wet season. Unlike many lakes in Karst limestone areas, Ba Bê Lake never falls dry. Its average depth varies between 17 and 23 meters, the maximum depth is 35 meters. The lake lies about 150 meters above sea level, making it also Vietnam’s highest. The name “Three Lakes” refers to the three parts of the lake named Pe Leng, Pe Lu, and Pe Lam. All these three parts are connected into a single continuous body of water, however.
The Ta Han, Bo Lu, and Leng Rivers feed into the lake from the south and the west. During the dry season, water is drained from the lake northwards into the Nang River. During high floods in the wet season, the latter flow is reversed however, and the lake takes up water from the Nang River thereby acting as a buffer regulating flooding”.
Day 3: Hanoi Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour To Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang (180 km, 6hours riding)
After breakfast, we continue our motorbike tour to motorcycle to beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall on the Chinese border. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. This northern Vietnam motorbike tour offers unique landscapes, limestone karst formations soaring from the verdant rice paddies of the surrounding farms of local ethnic minorities.
Along northern Vietnam, we have a a great chance to meet local people to share experience with Hmong and Dzao ethnic minority groups. Motorbike ride back to Cao Bang, stop to explore the expansive 2,144 meters Nguom Ngao Cave to discover its brilliant stalactites. Enjoy our best motorcycle tour Vietnam back to Cao Bang then we stop for a night here.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Thanh Loan hotel
Day 4: Hanoi Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall: Cao Bang Motorbike Tour To Lang Son (140 km, 4 hours riding)
Today before northern Vietnam motorbike tour to Cao Bang, consider climbing the hill up to the War Memorial, it offers a great panoramic view of the area. Keep motorbike tour northern Vietnam along famous Highway No 4. The road winds its way through steep mountain passes where much of the land remains untouched, the vista views are truly spectacular! Lang Son is the capital of this mountainous area and is an important crossing and trading route with China, the area is home to Dzao, Man, Tho and Nung ethnic minority groups. After a beautiful northern Vietnam motorbike tour we will stay in Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Lang Son hotel
Day 5: Hanoi Offroad Motorbike Tour to Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall: Lang Son Motorbike Tour Back To Ha Noi (165 km, 4 hours riding)
Sure that we should not miss market in this area during our motorbike tour. Lang Son has two markets worth visiting such as the Old Market and the Dong Kinh Market. We can buy items with cheap price from electronics and gadgets to textiles and house wares. It’s definitely buyer beware as there is lots of knock-offs of the original. If the markets aren’t your thing then just a couple of kilometers from town are two large beautiful caves and the ruins of the Mac Dynasty Citadel worth a visit. Tam Thanh Cave contains a pond and offers great views of the surrounding farmlands.
Nhi Thanh Cave, formed by the river that flows through it, has poems carved into the entrance by the man who discovered the cave in the 18th century. After the morning of exploration, it’s time for lunch and prepare for the trip back to Ha Noi. The highway from Lang Son is a modern 4 lane divided highway that quickly carries down from the mountains, back onto the Red River Delta and into Ha Noi. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Motorcycle Tour with us and look forward to welcoming your next Vietnam Motorcycle Tours. Finish motorbike tour in northern Vietnam at about 4 pm to avoid traffic jam.
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
+ Motorbike(s) (Honda or Yamaha)
+ Driving gears
+ Gasoline on tour
+ English or French speaking guide
+ Mechanic (only for group from 6 passengers)
+ Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary (based on twin or/and triple shared)