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Trekking Cao Bang & kayaking in Ba Be National Park 10 days

Nothern Vietnam trekking & kayaking tour in10 days: Hanoi – Cao Bang – Ba Be National Park – Hanoi

This Vietnam kayaking tour offers breathtaking views and interesting subcultures . The North East mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang and Lang Son offer opportunities for rugged jeep rides and stunning trekking routes. It is the least traveled area of the north and is ideal for more hardy travelers craving a glimpse of some of the more remote ethnic minority people.

Highlights of the this expedition experience in Cao Bang include stunning trek across mountain ranges, interesting home stay in different tribal villages and beautiful paddling on Ba Be Lake.

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi.

Upon arrival in Hanoi you will meet our tour guide and transfer to you hotel in downtown Hanoi. In the afternoon we will have a tour briefing and welcome dinner with Vietnamese delights. Overnight in Hanoi.


  • Hotel transfer: Private AC vehicle – 45mins
  • Meal: Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
  • Day 2: Transfer to That Khe via Lang Son

Breakfast in the hotel before we head north to Lang Son. Upon arrival in Lang Son we visit to Tam Thanh Cave before having lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we continue riding to That Khe, a small quiet town. The afternoon ride is very nice as we drive through beautiful area with forested mountains and peaceful tribal villages. Arrival in That Khe in late afternoon. We will check in a small family run hotel. Dinner and overnight in That Khe.


  • Transfer: AC vehicle – 5hrs
  • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse

Day 3: That Khe – Na Pang Village – Pac Khoang Village

Breakfast in That Khe. We will start our trekking to Na Pang Village, where we begin our trek to Pac Khoang. Today we will trek along valleys with on small paths that only used by the locals to go to their farms and surrounding villages. We will cross some small streams and tackle some easy hill slopes. Picnic lunch on the way. We would reach Pac Khoang around 5pm. Pac Khoang is a village of Dzao ethnic minority. Tonight we will have dinner and overnight with a local family.


  • Transfer: 10km by van
  • Trek: 16km – Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Day 4: Pac Khoang Village – Dong Khe – Na Nieng Village

Breakfast and begin the trek around 8.30am. This morning we trek mainly downhill to Dong Khe where will have a lunch stop. The morning trek is on village road and jungle trails with nice view of rice and corn fields along valleys. We reach Dong Khe at noon. After lunch we continue trekking to Na Nieng Village which is home to Tay ethnic minority. The trek in the afternoon is a bit harder than the one in the morning since we have more uphill terrain to tackle. We reach Pac Khoang Village around 5pm. Today we will have dinner and stay overnight in a local house.


  • Trek: 16km– Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Day 5: Na Nieng Village – La Village

Breakfast at the homestay before we start the adventure of the day. Today we trek up and down on some forested limestone mountains to reach La, a beautiful village of Tay ethnic minority. Today we have some stops for refreshment in remote tribal villages as we encounter during the trek. Dinner and overnight at homestay.


  • Trek: 16km – Moderate
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Day 6: La Village – Ta Lung – Cao Bang

Breakfast at homestay and leave the village for Ta Lung, the border gate with China. We will trek through jungle and cross some small streams. Near Ta Lung we cross Bang Giang River on bamboo raft. Lunch in Ta Lung before we take a van transfer to Cao Bang Town. Check in hotel in Cao Bang and spend the rest of the day relaxing in local café or wander around the town. Dinner and overnight in Cao Bang.


  • Trek: 15km – Introductory
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

Day 7: Transfer to Ba Be National Park.

Breakfast in Cao Bang and take a transfer to Ba Be National Park. Upon arrival in Cho Ra Town, we will have lunch in local restaurant before taking a relaxing boat trip on Nang River and enter the beautiful Ba Be Lake. We will cruise through Puong Cave, a huge tunnel runs though mountain. After the boat trip we reach Pac Ngoi, a village of Tay ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in local house.


  • Transfer: 2.5 hrs
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Day 8: Kayaking Ba Be National Park.

Breakfast at the homestay. We will have a short motorcycle ride to starting point where we begin a short walk through jungle. At some rest place we can have great view of Babe Lake. After 1hr trekking we descend to the lake shore and cross a bridge to An Ma Island. Visit to the temple on the island before we start the kayaking time. Leave the island we paddle to Dau Dang Waterfall we we will have a picnic lunch in a beautiful natural setting of the waterfall. After lunch we paddle back to Babe Lake. If weather permits we can swim in the emeraude cool water of the lake. Paddle back to Pac Ngoi village for another night at the homestay.


  • Kayaking: 5hrs
  • Trekking: 1hr
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay

Day 9: Ba Be National Park – Hanoi

After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the NP Dock where we get on van for the ride back to Hanoi. Lunch on the way. Back to Hanoi around 5pm. Check in hotel and free at leisure. Farewell dinner and overnight in Hanoi.


  • Transfer Babe - Hanoi: 240km
  • Boat cruise: 15mins
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: hotel in Hanoi

Day 10: Departure

Breakfast in the hotel and free until you are transferred to the airport for flight home.

Tour Cost

Private Tours

Class/Group size

Price per pax (adult) in US Dollars

2 pax

3-4 pax

5-7 pax

8-10 pax

11-14 pax

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  • 25% surcharges applies for Christmas, New Year and Tet Holidays 

Tour cost includes: 

  • AC vehicle as indicated in the program
  • Boat in Ba Be NP
  • Kayak
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Porters & cooks
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotels based on twin shared
  • Home stay permissions
  • First-aid kit
  • Water & Snack
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

Tour cost excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses 

Note on client safety: 

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.