IMPOSING NORTHEAST VIETNAM MOTORBIKE TOUR FROM HANOI TO BA BE LAKE – 3 DAYS
By Minh Hoang
Ba Be is Vietnam’s largest natural lake and is now the centrepiece of an extensive National Park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be National Park has been recognized as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This tour offers you a fun combined adventure at easy grade. It is suitable for anyone at reasonable level of personal fitness.
Day 1: Ha Noi motorbike tour to Ba Be Lake Day 2: Ba Be Lake Day 3: Ba Be lake motorbike tour back to Ha Noi
Day 1 Ha Noi motorbike tour to Ba Be Lake – 250Km / 7 hours (L,D)
After breakfast, you will be met and picked up leaving Hanoi at 8:00 am and follow the National road #3 to Thai Nguyen. On arrival, we have lunch in a local restaurant. Continuing on your trip to Ba Be National Park. Refresh with a short walk in the afternoon around the park and even go swimming in the nearby lake (depends on the weather condition).Have dinner in a local restaurant in Ba Be. Overnight in homestay in Ba Be
Day 2 Ba Be Lake sightseeing boat tour (B,L,D)
This morning we take a boat cruising on the lake to discover the beauty of the lake and the diversity of fauna and flora living on the lake and visit nearby tourist places in the national park such as Tien Pond, Po Gia Mai Island, Puong Cave and Dau Dang Waterfall. If they visit at the time of Long Tong Festival on the 10th and 11th days of the first lunar month, they can see traditional games, performances of martial arts, and the horn dance of Tay, Dao, Mong, Nung and Kinh tribal groups. Get back to the village for lunch and a short break. In the afternoon, we do a soft trek to Ba Be National park covering more than 23,000 hectares, this beautiful region is a tropical rainforest area with over 410 named plant species and 300 wildlife species. Get back to the home stay for dinner and free at leisure. Overnight in home-stay in Ba Be.
Day 3 Ba Be Lake motorbike tour to Ha Noi (250Km / 7 hours) (B,L)
This morning we ride for a couple of hours around the park and take advantages of the morning’s fresh air in the peaceful village. Have lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi around 5:00 pm. The trip ends.
Climate From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
What to bring
+ Passport + Good sunglasses + Good shoes for walking + Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs.
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* ACCOMMODATION: – We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
* MEALS: – Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic: + DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic: Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
+ Motorbikes : 01 bike/ person
+ All petrol (gasoline), helmet
+ Rain gear
+ Motorbike jacket
+ Boat trip on Ba Be lake
+ Accommodation with Homestay (2 nights).
+ Local English Speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: ( 2 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 2 dinners)
+ All entrance fees
+ Visa to Vietnam
+ Any other transportation are not mentioned in the itinerary
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