Ba Be Lake, Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan, Vietnam
Ba Be Lake, Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan, Vietnam

Ba Be Lake, Ba Be National Park Travel Guide

Ba Be National Park is located in Bac Kan Province, 230km north of Hanoi, 70km northwest of Bac Kan provincial capital. The Ba Be National Park is one of the UNESCO Ramsar Sites in Vietnam.

 The Puong Cave at Ba Be National Park
The Puong Cave at Ba Be National Park

The park is comprised of
- The Ba Be Lake in the center, the lake is 150m above sea level, the averaged depth of the lake ranges from 17-23m, the deepest spot is 29m;
- A system of limestone mountains, forests on these mountains and valleys amid the mountains surrounding the lake;
- The Nang River to the north of the Ba Be Lake;
- The 3 rivers to the south of the Ba Be Lake: Cho Leng, Bo Lu, Ta Han.

The Nang River starts its course in Cao Bang – Bac Kan flows southwards then eastwards past the northern top of the Ba Be Lake and discharges its water into the Gam River.

During the rainy season (May-October), there are times that the Nang River water level is higher than that of the Ba Be Lake: the water flows from the Nang River into the Ba Be Lake which could make the water level of the lake 2-3m higher than normal.

For the rest of the year, the 3 rivers to the south discharge their water into the Ba Be Lake then the water flows into the Nang River. The constant motion of water makes the water body of the Ba Be Lake fresh all year round and it makes the area the habitat of amazing flora and fauna.

A fantastic thing about the Ba Be Lake is that it is a lake high in the limestone mountains. While there are several caves and underwater caves but there is always abundant water in the lake and it never runs out of water. Also, the forested area of the Ba Be National Park accounts for 73.68% of the total land area of the national park. Most of the forest here is tropical rain forest.

Ba Be National Park is home to 1,268 floral species, 81 animal species, 322 bird species, 44 reptile species, 106 fish species. The are different ethnic communities inhabiting in the area of the Ba Be National Park: Tay, Hmong, Nung, Dao, Kinh...

The Nang River at Ba Be
The Nang River at Ba Be

 

Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan Province, VietnamThe mountains of Ba Be

Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions the Ba Be National Park

1/ Boat trip on the Nang River and Ba Be Lake
The full day boat trip brings you to most area of the Ba Be Lake and the Nang River.

2/ Swimming and kayaking, fishing on the Ba Be Lake
It is recommended you spend a whole day for these activities. It is a relaxing experience.

3/ The Puong Cave
The cave on the Nang River is 5km from Cho Ra Township, you can visit this cave on a boat trip on the River. There are several hundreds bats in the cave.

4/ The Dau Dang Waterfall
This is a part of the Nang River blocked by limestone. The waterfall is 16km from Cho Ra Township and can be visited on a boat trip.

5/Trekking in the National Park
There are different trekking routes in the Ba Be National Park which take from 1 day to 2 or 3 days. For the day trek you can start from Pac Ngoi Village or the Park Head Office while for the other treks, you can start from one of the several ethnic villages in the buffer zone of the National Park. The accommodations are at local ethnic families with rudimentary conditions.

AdventureGreen arranges customized trekking tours to different spots in the Ba Be National Park.

6/Cycling around the National Park
AdventureGreen organizes bike tours and mountain bike tours in the core zone and buffer zone of the Ba Be National Park for 1 or 2 days.

7/ Bird watching in the Ba Be National Park
AdventureGreen hosts 1 or 2-day tours for birding enthusiasts to observe different bird species at the Ba Be National Park. The tours are escorted by birding specialists.

Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan Province, VietnamBa Be Lake, in the heart of the national park

How to get to and how to get around the Ba Be National Park
There are different routes you can travel to the Ba Be National Park:

1/ From Hanoi via Route 3

2/From Cao Bang via Route 3

From Cao Bang via a scenic mountain road

3/From Na Hang Tuyen Quang or Bac Me Ha Giang via a spectacular mountain road (Route 279)