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Trip Code CVT111

Ban Gioc Waterfall & Ba Be Lake

Trip Duration

4 Days/ 5 Nights

Trip Overview

This sample Vietnam Tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.


This 4-day trip is an impressive one with many interesting experiences. Although the drive is quite a lot, the destinations of the trip are very beautiful with the stunning scenery and amazing people you will have a chance to interact with. The activities are also interesting with mountain hiking, river kayaking, rafting and hill tribe home-stay experience.
If you not mind the winding roads much, do not hesitate as it is really worth it!

Day 1: Hanoi - Cao Bang

Day 2: Cao Bang Trekking & Kayaking

Day 3: Ban Gioc Waterfalls & Nguom Ngao Cave

Day 4: Ba Be Lake Cruise - Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary


Meals:  Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang City

Depart from Hanoi at 7:30 a.m.. It takes you most of the day driving up to Cao Bang City. The morning drive is gentle and easy on big High Ways. The afternoon drive is more scenic but quite winding as it becomes more hilly. On the way, have a stop at Thai Nguyen city and pay a visit to the Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups. It is a great place for you to get an overview of Vietnamese ethnic groups before meeting some of them along the trip.
Arrive at the city late in the afternoon. Check into your hotel room and take a rest before going out for dinner at a local restaurant.


Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay at a local house in Cao Bang

Have breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 a.m. set out for an hour drive to Quan Uyen District where you will walk to visit a typical village of the Nung people. This village is well known for its incense making tradition. You are able to call at a family and learn about the traditional work. Followed by a short walk to Phia Thap Mountain where you will take a hike up to the summit. The hike lasts about 1.5 hour both ways. The 360-degree panorama over the area will definitely amaze you. Lunch will be served at a local house at the village after the hike.
The afternoon transfer takes you to Quay Son River in Trung Khach District. Your guide will help you on a kayak and paddling downstream the stunning river. Late in the afternoon, check into a local house in Trung Khach for a home-stay night.


Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight at a hotel (Alternatively at a home-stay near the lake)

The whole morning is spent to visit Ban Gioc Waterfall - The most beautiful falls of the country which is located right on the border line between Vietnam and China. You are able to take a raft ride on the river so that you can enjoy the falls at best. After Ban Gioc, your guide will walk you through a long cave of Nguom Ngao. This cave runs through a limestone mountain. It is long and beautifully decorated with so many stalactites and stalagmites. Your lunch will be served at a local restaurant before the afternoon drive down to Ba Be National Park. Check into your accommodation for the night.


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ba Be Lake

After the breakfast, bidding farewell to the host family and get to a boat station for the morning cruise through Ba Be Lake. The Lake is considered as one of the biggest mountain fresh-water lake in Vietnam. The cruise is beautiful with scenery of steep limestone mountains covered by dense rain forest. Onward to Nang River and head upstream for Puong Limestone Cave. The Nang River runs through a limestone mountain in this national park and created a big cave which is the home of thousand bats. About 15 minutes after the cave, you will land at a little station. Walk up and back on your private vehicle and drive to a nearby town for lunch. The afternoon drive brings you back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon and finish the trip.

What's Included


  • Private a/c transportation and all entrance fees

  • Accommodations with daily breakfasts

  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

  • Boat in Ba Be Lake and raft ride in Ban Gioc Waterfall

  • Kayak on Quay Son River

  • Bottled water on the vehicle


  • Insurance of any kind (Compulsory)

  • Accommodation in Hanoi (Optional)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Others are not mentioned clearly in the itinerary and in the INCLUSION list

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Jorge L. Perea


Custom made trip of Vietnam and Cambodia

Reviewed: Sep 1, 2019

I wholeheartedly recommend Custom Vietnam Travel. We designed a custom made trip to Vietnam (Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi-An, Siem Reap) with this agency. They accommodated all of our requests. The interaction with them was easy and prompt before the trip and the delivery was excellent. Very good guides, good transportation and great selection of hotels and restaurants throughout.Thanks very much for a great family&friends vacation.

Fook-Mun W


Amazing Service!

Reviewed: Aug 25, 2019

We have just returned from a 6D5N private tour with Custom Vietnam to Mui Ne / Dalat. This is the 2nd time we travel with them, the 1st time was just a year ago to Ninh Bình/Sapa. Like the 1st time, everything went very smoothly from booking to the actual tour. Custom Vietnam continued to impress us with their high standard of customer service and the excellent choice of responsible tour guide and driver.
A special thank to the sales consultant Ms Julie Bui who handle our booking. She is very dedicated and responsible. She even called us on the last day of our tour to find out if we are satisfied with the trip.



Great travel and responsive service from Custom Vietnam Travel

Aug 24, 2019

I was recommended to join this tour by a local friend. Rosie was in charge of liaising with me for arrangement and payment and did a great job responding to my queries.
The tour guide Key was very funny and cute, he entertained us a lot during the tour. We visited Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An ecotourism boat ride + King Kong Skull Island + Mua Cave and although it was rainy, still enjoyable. There was a lunch buffet provided, which was passable. Met other tour participants from other countries who were very friendly too. Overall an enjoyable tour and good service from the agency and tour guide.

Timothy Ciccone


Fully customized tour, all went smoothly

Aug 12, 2019

Rosie worked with me (very patiently and thoroughly) to organize a HIGHLY customized tour schedule which involved me sending PDFs of sites of I wanted to visit and the specific order in which I wanted to visit them. Everything went smoothly apart from the weather (which, obviously was beyond anyone's control), but the guides were able to ensure that I was still able to visit every site I wanted to see.
She was also available in real-time via WhatsApp to fix the occasional minor hiccup, which was very helpful. If I return to Vietnam I will definitely use this service again.

Britta LN


Excellent 12 day Vietnam tour for the whole family

Aug 8, 2019

It has been an exquisite experience having Custom Vietnam Travel to plan our summer holiday for our family of 4.
As usually were our own planning pour, we had only bought the tickets for the flights in and out of Vietnam, and at short notice Rosie had made a perfect plan for our stay in Vietnam.
We experienced the north, the middle and the south of Vietnam and every hotel, guide and car with driver worked perfectly. All our needs and expectation were met more than we had thought of.
The contact with Custom Vietnam Travel were smooth even as we live in Denmark and Rosie is in Hanoi. We had several emails with details and information before our travel and while we were in Vietnam we were in contact (if needed) by WhatsApp.
When we arrived at the airport Custom Vietnam Travel picked us up and transported us to the hotel. Later the first day we had a nice visit by Rosie where she told us tips about what to do and see in Hanoi.
Every detail of the plan Rosie had made, worked perfectly and if we wanted to do or see something else, we just arranged it with the guides, that was very flexible.
We highly recommend Custom Vietnam Travel for arrangements in the lovely country of Vietnam!

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