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Ba Be Lake to Halong Loop – 8 days

Ba Be Lake to Halong Loop – 8 days

Dao’s Travel Agency Presents you with this 100% private Ba Be Lake to Halong Bay package. We will take you off the beaten track, hitting some of the most beautiful places Northern Vietnam has to offer. You will experience the local culture of these regions, all while being guided by our friendly english speaking tour guide. Here at Dao’s seeing our customers happy is our goal. So, for the best care and experience book through Dao’s. We will take care of you!

$1,048 usd per person Minimum 2 people

Hanoi > Ba Be Lake > Cao Bang > Ban Gioc Waterfall > Lang Son > Halong Bay > Ninh Binh > Hanoi


Full Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi > Ba Be Lake (L, D)

  • 7:30 am pick up from your Hanoi hotel
  • 6 hour drive to Ba Be with breaks along the way
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way
  • Arrive Ba Be Lake and check into your homestay
  • Explore the village and Hua Ma Cave
  • Enjoy your evening around the village
  • Enjoy dinner with some drinks
  • Sleep the night away in your traditional stilt house

Day 2: Trekking in Ba Be (B, L, D)

  • 8:30 am breakfast in the homestay
  • Trekking through Ba Be’s rain forest
  • Trek to Cuong village & have a picnic lunch outside if weather permits
  • Your choice to either drive or walk back to the homestay (4 kms)
  • Optional swimming in Ba Be lake (Summer April – October)
  • Relax and have dinner at the homestay
  • Enjoy your evening in and around the homestay

Day 3: Ba Be Lake > Cao Bang (B, L, D)

  • 8:00 am breakfast in the homestay
  • Check out of the homestay
  • Boat ride in Ba Be lake
  • Visit Bac Ma temple on the widow island
  • Visit Ferry pond & Dau Dang Waterfall
  • Take a boat through Puong Cave
  • Drive to Cho Ra town and have lunch
  • Drive three hours to Cao Bang town
  • Check into hotel
  • Relax, have dinner and free time

Day 4: Cao Bang > Ban Gioc Waterfall > Cao Bang (B, L, D)

  • 8:00 am have breakfast
  • Three hour drive to Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Take a bamboo raft to to the waterfall
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Visit Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Drive back to Cao Bang
  • Have dinner
  • Free time in Cao Bang

Day 5: Cao Bang > Lang Son (B, L, D)

  • 8:00 am have breakfast
  • Three hour drive to Lang Son
  • Check into your Hotel
  • Visit To Thi Mountain with a panoramic view of Lang Son
  • Visit Dong Kinh Market
  • Have dinner
  • Visit Ky Con night Market
  • Overnight in the hotel

Day 6: Lang Son > Halong Bay (B, L, D)

  • Have breakfast at you hotel
  • 7:45 am – 8:00 am start drive to Halong Bay (4 hours)
  • Have lunch on board cruise
  • Kayaking at a floating fishing village around limestone cliffs
  • Trekking & swimming on Soi Sim Island
  • Dinner time
  • Enjoy evening on the cruise, socializing at the bar, squid fishing and more
  • Overnight in a cabin on the cruise

Day 7: Halong Bay > Ninh Binh (B, L, D)

  • Wake up for breakfast on the cruise
  • Visit Sung Sot Cave the biggest in Halong Bay
  • Enjoy your final cruising through Halong Bay
  • Enjoy lunch on the cruise before heading back to the port
  • 12:30 pm arrive back at the port
  • Approximately 5:00 pm arrive back in Ninh Binh
  • Free time and overnight in Ninh Binh hotel

Day 8: Ninh Binh > Hanoi (B, L)

  • 8:30 am breakfast
  • Cycling to Hang Mua
  • walk up 840 steps to the top for a panoramic view of Tam Coc
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Boat ride through Trang An ecological site
  • Along karst limestone cliffs and through caves
  • Depart back to Hanoi
  • 5:00 pm arrive Hanoi


Adventure level

  • Easy but involves some physical activity


  • Anyday

Tour type

  • Private tour except for Halong Bay Cruise


  • Private car


  • Ba Be – Traditional Home-stays
  • Cao Bang – Small hotel
  • Lang Son – Small hotel
  • Ninh Binh – Small hotel
  • Halong Bay – Cruise cabin


  • All inclusive Halong Bay cruise (2 days 1 night)
  • All inclusive private tour (HN > BB > CB > BG > LS > HL > NB > HN)
  • Private car (HN > BB > CB > BG > LS > HL > NB > HN)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • A bottle of water for each day
  • Meals (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
  • Everything stated in the itinerary above
  • *Optional airport transfers (Airport > Hanoi > Aiport)
  • *Optional hotel for nights in Hanoi
  • *Optional visa letter


  • Personal expenses

Things to bring

  • Your Passport
  • Extra Cash for personal expenses
  • Swimming gear and a towel
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Poncho
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof walking sandals
  • Reliable insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Camera and lots of batteries
  • Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March



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