OVERVIEW

HANOI–LANG SON–CAO BANG   (L) /CAO BANG–BAN GIOC WATERFALLS –CAO BANG  /CAO BANG–BA BE–PAC NGOI /BA BE–HANOI /

D1  HANOI–LANG SON–CAO BANG   (L)
In the morning, drive to Lang Son. Along the way, stop at the small Dong Mo Village and continue by the famous road RC4 via That Khe and Dong Khe toward Cao Bang.
Stop on the way for a stroll through Dong Dang market as well as the Nung and Tay minority villages. The sceneries during the second half of the journey are fascinating, offering views on dipping narrow valleys.
 
Overnight in Cao Bang.
D2 CAO BANG–BAN GIOC WATERFALLS –CAO BANG  (B/L)
After breakfast, depart to a local minority market (normally on weekends or every 5-10-20th day of the lunar calendar).
Then visit the beautiful 800-meter long grottoes of Nguom Ngao before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfalls. The place marks the border between Vietnam and China and the multiple levels waterfall is set in a lush landscape (the level of water varies between seasons).
Return back to Cao Bang in the afternoon stopping, along the way, to visit the hundred-year old blacksmith Phuc Sen Village.
 
Overnight in Cao Bang 
D3 CAO BANG–BA BE–PAC NGOI  (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to Ba Be, the largest natural lake in the country.
On arrival, board on a small boat to cruise through the Nang River until Dau Dang Waterfalls. Arrive late in the afternoon at Pac Ngoi Village, with more than 40 traditional stilt houses located on the slope of the mountains surrounding Ba Be Lake, which is highlighting the beauty of this famous ecotourism destination.
Check-in at the home-stay in Pac Ngoi Village.
 
Overnight in Pac Ngoi.
Note: Traditional houses in Ba Be are made of wood and offer a basic level of accommodation
D4 BA BE–HANOI   (B/L)
After breakfast, drive through the well protected Ba Be National Park which is an abundant bio-reserve area containing the world’s only fresh-water karst lake and several rare species of fauna and flora. The bio-diverse 10,048ha park – home to 1,268 species of flora and fauna, a series of caves and a gigantic fresh water lake – was established in 1992 by the Vietnamese Government to preserve forest ecosystems in the northeast.  Then, visit several Tay Villages and then continue by road back to Hanoi.
Stop along the way in several villages to meet the ethnic minorities.
Arrive in Hanoi at the end of the afternoon.
 
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