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Set in lush limestone mountains in hill tribe country, our Ba Be itinerary first visit a unique Hill Tribe Museum on the way to Ba Be, then gets you onto beautiful rivers, one of Vietnam's most picturesque lakes, to spectacular waterfalls, and visits authentic and real hill tribe villages only rarely visited by tourists. The weekly hill tribe market is a real treat just for its authenticity. The river cave paddle on the second day is remarkable, as is the lake paddle to an authentic village on the next day. We encourage you to take short treks around the Park Four day, three nights - Combines well with our Ha Long itineraries.

Six hours North of Hanoi in stream-filled limestone karst lake hill tribe country

SETTING: Upland limestone country

SEASON: Year round

SKILLS: Easy stream and lake paddling. Some trekking.

LODGING: National Park cottages with good beds and toilets, mosquito netting and electricity. Meal plan provided by Sea Canoe.

ACCESS: Trips depart from Hanoi by jeep, mini-van or mini-bus depending upon group size. Daily flights via Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Air France. Several carriers fly direct from Hong Kong or Singapore.

Visa on arrival is available.

DEPARTURES: Daily departures from your hotel in Hanoi

HOT TIP: Picturesque and magical Ba Be is under intense poaching pressure for Chinese traditional medicines - your visit helps us develop a wildlife Awareness and Rehab Program in co-operation with the National Park. The drive through Hill Tribe country is very entertaining, especially following a visit to the Hill Tribe Museum. To maintain our top standard service, we bring along our own cook and food (with a stopping stop at the local market just before the Park) A second vehicle brings the kayaking gear.

DESCRIPTION: This trip puts you right in the heart of upland Vietnam in a remote National Park that's set in limestone karst mountains. Ba Be means "Three Lakes". In fact, there is only one large lake with three different sections.

Rivers flow into the lake from all directions, and you paddle one river flowing through a large cave. Early morning hikes and paddles from Park headquarters offer rewarding wildlife sightings and sunrise vistas, and there's a traditional lakefront village so isolated the residents still speak Thai.

All the paddling is easy. This trip puts you right inside Vietnam's Thai-speaking hill tribe culture.



Depart your hotel in Hanoi.


Hill tribe museum and snack break.


Depart Hill Tribe museum.


Lunch on the way.


Drive cut-off road to Babe.


Produce shopping in Hill Tribe market.

1700 Arrive Ba Be Park headquarters and check-in.
1900 Dinner catered by Sea canoe/ Inserimex.


0600 Optional sunrise nature walks.
0800 Breakfast catered by Sea Canoe/ Inserimex.
0900 Depart for river paddle.Begin paddle through marshlands and down easy and calm small river.
1200 Picnic lunch on the stream bank.
1300 Continue river paddle.
1430 Arrive at lake, short picnic break, and paddle into the lake.
1700 Take out at park dock.
1900 Dinner catered by Sea Canoe/ Inserimex.



Optional sunrise lake paddle.


Breakfast catered by Sea Canoe/ Inserimex.


Lake paddle put-in from Park dock.


Arrive hilltribe village.


Visit Hill Tribe village.


Lake paddle or rendezvous with motor launch and transfer to dock.


Take out at Park dock.


Dinner catered by Sea Canoe/ Inserimex.
1000 Optional cultural visit to "Disco Ba Be".


0730 Breakfast catered by Sea Canoe/ Inserimex.
0830 Check-out.

Depart for Hanoi.



1300 Continue to Hanoi.
1500 Snack Break.

Continue to Hanoi.


Return to your hotel in Hanoi.

We provide almost everything from your hotel pick-up to your return - transfers including two snack breaks, English speak kayak guides, all Deluxe meals with brewed coffee, gourmet teas and soft drink included (lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch), all kayaking, sleeping gear and all escort boat privileges.

You should bring the following on any SeaCanoe overnighter:

Sleeping clothes
Sun block
Mosquito repellant (just in case)
Swimming gear
T-shirts - protection from the sun
Very light long pants - protection against mosquitoes
Beachcomber's footgear (booties, Tevas, heavy-duty sandals, etc.)
Camera with lots of film

(We have dry bags, but Sea Canoe is not responsible for cameras optical or electronics gear.)

This information is a sample only, offered to give you a general idea of our product and is not contractual. Times and locales often vary according to tides, weather and the decisions of the expedition leader. Our objective is to give you the best possible experience within the time frame and detailed conditions of your expedition. Our policy is to continually update and improve our products for your benefit.

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