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Dec 5, 2014

Ba Be (meaning Three Bays) is in fact three linked lakes, which have a total length of 8km and a width of about 400m. More than a hundred species of freshwater fish inhabit the lake. Two of the lakes are separated by a 100m-wide strip of water called Be Kam, sandwiched between high walls of chalk rock.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ba Bể National Park is a reserve in Bắc Kạn Province, Northeast region of Vietnam, set up to protect a freshwater lake (Ba Bể Lake) along with surrounding limestone and lowland evergreen forests. It is located about 240 kilometers northwest of the capital city Hanoi.
Garden coordinates are 105 ° 36’55 “east, 22 ° 24’19″ north latitude. It is located in 5 Nam Mau commune, Kang Ninh, Cao Trade, Quang Khe, Cao Ba Tri district , Bac Kan province. Park is the town of Hanoi Bac Kan 50 km and 250 km north of Ba Be district, Bac Kan province. Ba Be National Park is an ideal eco-tourist destination with interesting scenery and biodiversity. In 2004, Ba has been recognized as a natural heritage of ASEAN. Before that, it was a scenic area and historical monuments, is prohibited Ba Be Lake Forest.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

National Park (National Park) Ba was founded by decision of 83/TTg dated 10/11/1992 of the Government with an area of ​​7,610 ha, of which 3226 ha is strictly protected areas and more than 300 hectares surface of the aquarium. Scientific studies confirm that this is an area rich in biodiversity, with many characteristics of ecosystems typical evergreen forest on Limestone Mountains and lakes in the mountains, lowland evergreen forest.
The center of the park is Ba Be lake with a length of 8 km and a width of 800 m. Situated at a height of 178 m, Ba Be Lake is “significant natural mountain lake is particularly important in Vietnam.” Situated on limestone, which has a very many caves caxto …. But they still exist with mesmerizing beauty is incredible, fascinating natural gift.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ba Be National Park has 1,281 species of plants belonging to 162 families, 672 branches, many of which are rare species whose values ​​are listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam and the world. Timber species, rare: Grinding, Ding, Lim, Truc wire … including, Truc wire is a species endemic bamboo Ba grows in the mountains, our bodies release the Venetian blinds into the lake creating picture frame around the lake. This is the area of ​​domestic and foreign scientific assessment is the center of diversity and the highest endemic orchid species not only in Vietnam but also the whole of Southeast Asia. There are 182 species of orchids, some orchid species are endemic, found only in this region.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

The fauna is rich with 81 species of mammals, 27 reptiles, 17 amphibians, 322 species of birds, 106 species of fish and 553 species of insects and spiders. Including many valuable species, Vietnamese were rare and recorded in the International Red Book.
Fish fauna, Ba Be lake and the river adjacent to the 106 most abundant species identified in Vietnam, by the lakes, such as Lake Lak also has 35 species, West Lake – 36, Huzhou Bamboo – 47 species … Ba Be National Park has special significance in the presence of a number of globally threatened species such as Francois’ Langur (Trachypithecus francoisi) and silver stripes (Hemigalus owstoni), although the number snub White cheeked exist in very few areas.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

In addition, Ba Be Lake is one of famous tourist attractions, the “green jewel” among the thousands and is emerging as an ideal eco-tourist destination with tourists, especially in the early spring and summer.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ba Be lake over view

More than 8 km long lake, the widest place about 3 km, about 20 to 30 meters deep. Then the middle of the lake a little waist. There are two small islands floating on the lake, an island as close as horses were wading (also known as An Island Code).

Ba Be National Park of beauty

Ba Be Lake at an altitude of 145m above sea level, an area of ​​approximately 500 ha lake is surrounded by limestone mountains with underground streams and caves. The lake as a picture wearing, say our many visitors from ancient times until now.

To Ba Be, visitors have the opportunity to stroll around the lake waters by canoe is typical of indigenous peoples or by river boat and Power and visiting many of the natural landscape.
At night, can sleep in the house near the lake or at the home of ethnic Tay, Nung. Waterfall oil town of Cho Ra (Ba Be district, Bac Kan province) 16 km. 
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Nang Tien cave

Waterfall 2 km harmony with the forest landscape, creating an unforgettable impression. Oil’re located on the river, where the junction between Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang province. Oil is located between two Limestone Mountains, steep slopes, where the river Energy is blocked by large boulders, small stacked with a slope of about 500m, forming a spectacular waterfall wonders, along with forest landscape to create an unforgettable impression. Not only that, there also appears fried fish (those weighing over 10 kg) fish are rarely seen today.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Hua Ma cave
Dong Puong located on Nang River in Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, 5 km from the town of Cho Ra. Dong Puong is an eco-tourist special, unique and very attractive.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Na Khoang waterfall
Nang River flows at the foot of limestone, between the shore through the Lung Yan mountain cliff, there called is Dong Puong cave. Small boat slipped in Dong Puong cave flickered in the dim light, the strange stalactite shapes up front. In working with people for tens of thousands of children living and shelter.

Ban Gioc Waterfall & Nguom Ngao Cave

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many a cheap guesthouse. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight and in a highly scenic location.
The waterfall is the largest in the country, though not the highest. Its vertical drop is only around 30m, but it has an impressive 300m span; one side of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnam. Water volume varies considerably between the dry and rainy seasons, and the sight is most impressive from May to September.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

Boat owners will punt you on bamboo rafts (100,000d) close enough to the waterfall so you can feel the spray on your hair (bring shampoo!) and skin. Rafts on the Vietnamese side have green canopies, and on the Chinese side canopies are blue. You’re allowed to swim in the large natural pool on the Vietnamese side, but not in the river or close to the main waterfall.
It’s a picturesque 10-minute stroll through paddy fields to reach the base of the falls from the parking area. If you’re here at harvest time in September or October, the farmers may encourage you to try out their pedal-powered threshing machines.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall

A police permit (200,000d for up to 10 people) is required to visit this region. The permit has to be organised in advance but any hotel in Cao Bang can sort it out for you. You’ll need to show your passport.
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Nguom Ngao cave
About 4km from the waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave is one of the most spectacular cave systems in Vietnam. Created by an underground river, it extends for several kilometres underground; villagers sheltered here during the 1979 war with China. Visitors are permitted in one section, where a 1km-long concrete path and excellent lighting have been installed. 
Hanoi - Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall
Nguom Ngao cave
A guide (speaking very few words of English) accompanies you on an hour-long tour of the cave network, past huge stalagmite and stalactite outcrops that resemble a waterfall and chandelier, and through a vast 100m chamber. The 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the cave is also very beautiful, threading through the limestone hills that characterise Cao Bang province, past fields of soya beans.
A second, even bigger branch of the cave system is said to extend almost all the way to the waterfall, though there’s currently no visitor access to this section.
There are snack and drink stalls by the cave and waterfall, but the nearest accommodation is in Cao Bang.

When to go?

The best time to visit Ba Be Lake is during the dry season (winter and spring). In the wet season, the lake takes up water from the Nang River and regularly flooded. If travel at the time of Long Tong Festival on the 10th and 11th days of the first lunar month, there are traditional games and performance of surrounding ethnic tribal groups.
December is good time to visit Ban Gioc waterfall. While the fall is not as big as in rainy season from June to Oct but the water is beautiful and the river is very green/nice.

How to get there:

To Ba Be Lake: if you are adventure travelers, let do it yourself then, there are daily local bus going up and down to Bac Kan few time a day from Hanoi.
To Ban Gioc waterfall: You can get public bus from My Dinh bus station to Cao Bang then from Cao Bang get local bus to Trung Khanh. From there it's about 20km to Ban Gioc and the best possible vehicle is a motorbike taxi. About 3km from Ban Gioc is a very nice large cave called Nguom Ngao which is worth a visit as well.

It would be more interesting if you book a tour with travel company
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