Ba Be Lake - Primitive Natural Beauty

The northeast region of Vietnam has been famous for its primitive natural beauty where there are lots of amazing and attractive places without the interference of human beings. If you are in need of finding somewhere charming and peaceful, you would fall in love with Ba Be Lake. Let’s find out how awesome it is by having a look at some brief information.


Ba Be Lake is the largest natural lake locating in Ba Be District, Bac Kan Province in the northeast are of Vietnam (about 200km from Hanoi). Having been formed approximately 200 million years ago, Ba Be lake is surrounded by limestone cliffs, which in turn are covered by primary forests. The lake comprises three zones named Pe Lam, Pe Lu, and Pe Leng. Three rivers, named Nang, Ta Han, and Nam Cuong, are the main inflows of the lake. The Nang river enters the lake through a large waterfall called Dau Dang. In the lake there are also three islands, named An Ma, Khau Cum, and Po Gia Mai (literally “Widow’s Island”).

Being a part of the Ba Be National Park, Ba Be Lake is a featured geographical science and a biodiversity reservoir where is home to a range of animals and plants. Its name might be traced back to the historical legend. Once upon a time, there was a poor old woman. Villagers distrusted her because she seemed dirty and ugly-looking. Fortunately, she was eventually helped by a good-hearted mother and her daughter. The truth was that the old lady was a fairy. She told the mother and daughter that the village and surrounding area were about to be struck by a natural disaster. Despite her warnings, no one believed her, except for the mother and daughter, who began to build a boat. The next night, a terrible rainstorm began to engulf the village. The mother and daughter, who had prepared their boat beforehand, survived and saved many people from drowning. The village was subsequently submerged in water and gradually formed into the current Ba Be Lake.


The difference between the Northeast and the Southeast region is that there are fully four seasons in the northeast comparing to only the dry and the raining season in the southeast area. With the average temperature of 22 degree Celsius, Ba Be Lake attracts tourist throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the area is during the dry season, which is during winter and spring from October til April.



Most of tourists would take a boat trip on Ba Be Lake or rent a kayak tour for more adventurous and amazing trip. Ba Be Lakes area has a lot to offer, including waterfalls, rivers, valleys, lakes, and caves all set amidst picturesque landscapes. Ba Be Lake, located 145 meters above sea level, are among the largest natural lakes in Vietnam with a total surface area of 500 hectares. The area was established as a national preserved forest and tourist center in 1978. What’s more interesting about this place is that Ba Be Lake are surrounded by many ancient trees, from which several varieties of precious wood are obtained. Up to 30 animal species such as wild pigs, bears, panthers, monkeys, and birds inhabit the area. Another thing that would amaze you is the fact that the surface of the lake is absolutely tranquil – a beautiful spot if ever there was one, in this land of so much beauty. Visitors will have an unforgettable stay in the mountains by the lakes, enjoying sightseeing boat trips, hikes, and water sports. From Ba Be, you can visit other neighboring scenic attractions such as Dau Dang waterfall, Puong Cave, and Tien Pond.


Needless to say, it would be a perfect destination for those who love photographing and want to relax in the paradise of nature where everything is perfectly natural and brilliant. Instead of visiting those modern and noisy cities, why don’t you give it a try, a 3 days 2 nights tour to Ba Be lake would be the best choice. You wouldn’t feel regretful once stepping your feet on to Ba Be Lake.

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