Ba Be Lake is the largest natural lake in VietNam and one of 100 largest freshwater lakes in the world. It is located in Nam Mẫu commune, Ba Bể district, Bac Kan Province, which is about 230 kms to the north of Hanoi. Ba Be Lake was formed nearly 200 million years ago, covering an area of 5 million square meters. It is divided into 3 parts: Pe Lam; Pe Lung; Pe Leng.
Ba Be Lake is a paradise symbol of Bac Kan Province. Ba Be is a poetic and majestic picture drawn by nature. With many popular sights to see, Ba Be Lake appeals to more than a million tourists each year. Local people are very kind and hospitable, ready to help each other. There, tourists can taste traditional foods of Bac Kan, which are made from fresh ingredients. With its karst topography and poetic peaks, Bac Kan Province and Ba Be Lake offers travelers majestic landscapes and exciting discoveries.
Things to do in Ba Be Lake
Climbing to Puong Cave
Puong Cave is a large cave in Ba Be National Park. Many people describe Puong Cave as a giant shark’s jaw that swallows all boats inside. Getting into the cave by boat tourists will be amazed by colorful stalactites with different sizes and different shapes. Tourists also will have the opportunity to observe bats hanging themselves in cave’s ceiling.
Although millions of tourists visit it each year, Puong Cave is kept in its original form. If you want to discover the beauty of Mother Nature, Puong Cave is definitely a destination you must experience.
Walking in Hua Ma Cave
About 60 km to the northwest Bac Kan City, Hua Ma is a special cave because it is in the middle of the “Lonely” Mountain. Hua Ma Cave is 350 metres high above sea level. Tourists climb up staircases to the entrance of the cave. Hua Ma Cave is 700 metres long, contains a large number of strange stalactites which stimulate visitors’ imaginations. Extensive space of Hua Ma Cave makes travelers feel cool and comfortable.
Discovering Dau Dang Waterfall
The Nang River has created many impressive sights. One of them is Dau Dang Waterfall. The height of Dau Dang Waterfall is 1000 metres with its ledges piled up together. Visitors go to Dau Dang, sit on the rock, listen to the sound of water and enjoy the formidable and charming rush of water.
Furthermore, Dau Dang Waterfall region is kingdom of the rare Chiem fish. Some fishes of this species weight over 10 kg. Tourists who travel from March to April have a chance to observe groups of Chiem fish jump over the waterfall.
Admiring Ferry Lake
According to the local myth, once upon a time, the ferry lake was the place where fairies played chess and bathed. The lake is located at the second part of Ba Be Lake, in the heart of Ba Be National Park. Ferry Lake is wrapped by forests and limestone mountains which create a temperate climate. The water in the pond is always clear. Travelers also will be fascinated by the diversity of animals and plants.
Photographing Ba Goa Island
Ba Goa Island is a beautiful, small island that lies in Ba Be Lake. This island was formed by rocks of different sizes. These rocks pile up together and create Ba Goa Island. The trees on the island make the island look like a giant.
Tourists travel to Ba Goa Island by boat. This is an ideal spot to have a surrounding view of Ba Be Lake.
Bamboo Rafting in Ba Be lake
With freshwater and beauty all around, bamboo rafting a favorite activity on Ba Be Lake.
Tourist can paddle through the islets and discover hidden caves, and water rice fields. A good time for bamboo rafting is in the early morning or late afternoon while enjoying sunrise or sunset.
Walking/ cycling/ motorbiking in the villages
Ba Be lake is good place for cycling or motorbiking around flat roads in good weather conditions. The scenery is beautiful with green mountains and blue rivers. When cycling or motorbiking, you can truly experience local life with picturesque surroundings such as buffaloes, ducks, rice fields and farmers.
Visiting An Ma Temple
An Ma Temple is on An Ma Island in Ba Be Lake. This is an ancient temple which was restored in 2006. Coming to this temple, tourist not only learn the historical story, but also have a chance to learn about a typical temple of the Tay ethnic people. A colorful festival is conducted from 6th to 10th of February on the lunar calendar.