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Ba Be National Park

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Country rank: 15 out of 46 Places To Visit In Vietnam


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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: November - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hanoi (Check Flights)

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"Caves, Waterfalls and Limestone Karsts"

Ba Be National Park Tourism

Located at a distance of 240 kilometres from the city of Hanoi, Ba Be National Park is a stunning national reserve blessed with rolling hills, tall limestone karsts and over 550 plant varieties. It is also populated by 353 types of butterflies, 65 types of mammals and the rare Vietnamese Salamander.

A part of the Bac Kan Province, Ba Be National Park is named after the Ba Be Lake. The best way to get around the park is through the relaxed river cruises that take you around the Puong Caves and the Ba Be Lake. However, trekking and hiking through the paths is also a great way to see its verdant beauty.

The limestone cliffs here stand in stark contrast to the emerald greenery that creeps all the way up to the peaks. Chinese pangolin, slow loris, rhesus macaque, and European otter are some animals that can be found here.

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  • Tickets to see the interiors of the park can be bought at the Tourism centre and would cost around approximately 3,48,145.50 VND. 
  • One of the best ways to get around is trekking. Locals swear by the adventurous trails that cut through the vegetation and bring you vistas that are rich with wildlife and green pastures. 
  • Another exciting way to witness the beauty of the Ba Be Lake is to take a 3- Hour Cruise through the Nang River, Mr.Linhs Adventures is the most popular choice for this. The boat cruise languishes over calm waters opening up vistas of mirror images of the karsts and the caves.

  • There are no ATMs within the National Park so make sure that you withdraw enough money to be comfortable. Hire a local guide while trekking to make your travels safe and secure.
  • The food is mostly homecooked and can be served to you at the homestay itself.
  • Avoid touching the limestone formations Wear light and neutral-coloured clothing.
  • If you wish to kayak, please remember that official services are only provided by Mr. Linh's Homestay in Bo Lu Village or by the Ba Be Tourism Centre.
  • You can shop for fresh natural produce and some of the local merchandise as souvenirs to take back home.

  • Shoestring Budget: VND 906,672 /day
  • Comfortable Budget: VND 2,266,566 /day
  • Luxury Traveller: VND 3,407,686

The Ba Be National Park was established in the year 1992 as Vietnam's eighth national park. The culture and history here are closely related to the indigenous tribes that find a place. Among the villages scattered in this destination are the Coc Toc, Pac Ngoi and Ban Cam villages, which are inhabited by the Tay people of Vietnam. Their houses are simple in construction, with wooden slit houses that lie along the banks of the quiet river flowing here. Local people rely on farming and fishing for sustenance and are skilful at handloom and handcrafting wooden canoes. You can also experience the traditional music, dance and other art forms of the Tao people here, which is a wonderful encounter in its own right.

Ba Be National Park has a culture of farming and fishing, and hence you will find a rich variety of Vietnamese food here. Lon Cap Nac is a spicy treat made out of pork and is a delightful accompaniment of chayote served with sesame, which is a vegetable based preparation. Rice is the most popular form of carbohydrate consumed here and is readily available. You can enjoy these dishes at the various home stays here such as Ba Be Lake View and Mr Linh's Homestay. Food can cost from VND 20,000- 65,000.


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