Discover the family paradise: An unforgettable stay at Ba Be lake

Ba Be lake with kids

Dreaming of a family vacation with a difference? Then head for Lake Ba Be in northern Vietnam! Nestled in the Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan province, this magnificent freshwater lake surrounded by verdant mountains and dense forests is the ideal setting for a memorable family adventure. Let us take you on a tour of this little corner of paradise and help you plan your stay.

► Learn more about Ba Be National Park

Ba Be local llife
Exploring local life in Ba Be - Source : Mr Linh's adventures

Why choose Ba Be lake?

Ba Be lake, which means “three bays” in Vietnamese, is an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty. It’s the largest natural freshwater lake in Vietnam, stretching over 650 hectares and approximately 8 kilometers in length. Surrounded by rainforest-covered karst mountains, Ba Be lake is a protected nature reserve, renowned for its exceptional biodiversity. It’s the perfect place for families who love nature and adventure.

5 reasons why Ba Be National Park should be on your visit list in Vietnam

Boat trip on Ba Be lake - Source : Mr Linh's adventures

Activities for young and old

Boat trip

One of the best ways to discover Ba Be lake is to take a boat trip. These excursions take you through the calm waters of the lake, where you can admire spectacular scenery and visit natural sites such as Puong Cave, famous for its stalactites, stalagmites and colonies of bats.

Swimming and diving

Ba Be Lake is renowned for its crystal-clear, pleasantly warm waters, ideal for swimming and diving, whether for children or adults.

Hiking and trekking

The area around Ba Be Lake offers hiking and trekking trails for all levels. An 8 km hiking trail circles the lake, offering breathtaking views and the chance to observe a rich and varied flora and fauna. It’s an adventure accessible to all, with several stopping points for resting, swimming and observing nature. For the more adventurous, longer and more challenging trails lead through karst mountains and rainforests. You can observe a variety of flora and fauna, and maybe even spot some wild animals.

► More info:Top 5 trekking routes in Ba Be National Park

Hiking around Ba Be lake
Hiking with family around Ba Be lake - Source : Mr Linh's adventures

Kayak and Paddle

Explore the lake, with all its nooks and crannies, by kayak or paddle – a perfect activity for families with children, allowing you to discover the lake at your own pace.

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Ba Be Lake is also a great place for fishing. You can catch local fish such as catfish and tilapia, a relaxing and fun activity that will delight young and old alike.


For thrill-seekers, caving is a great option. The region’s karst formations offer unique opportunities to explore little-known caves such as Tham Phay, the Son Doong of North Vietnam.

Discovering local culture

Ba Be Lake is home to ethnic villages where the inhabitants, mainly Tày, Nung and Red Dao, perpetuate ancestral traditions. To visit these villages is to immerse yourself in authentic cultures and observe craftsmen weaving, embroidering and making bamboo objects.

And last but not least, the area around the lake offers many open spaces where children can run, play and explore in complete safety. Parents can keep an eye on them while enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

►Read also : Discovering the Ethnic Villages Around Ba Be Lake

Kayaking Ba Be lake
Kayaking with kids on Ba Be lake - Source : Mr Linh's adventures

Access and accommodation

Ba Be national park is about 240 kilometers from Hanoi. There are several ways to get to Ba Be lake from Hanoi:

By bus:

  • Direct bus: Direct buses leave from the My Dinh bus station in Hanoi and arrive directly at the entrance to Ba Be lake. The journey takes around 5-6 hours and costs around VND100,000 (approx. €4.50).
  • Bus with connection: You can also take a bus from Hanoi to the town of Bac Kan, then take another local bus to Ba Be Lake. This option is cheaper, but takes longer.

By cab:

A cab from Hanoi to Ba Be lake can be an expensive but convenient option. The journey takes around 4 to 5 hours and costs around VND 1,000,000 (around €45).

Good to know:

  • It’s best to book your transport in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the high tourist season.
  • Be sure to check bus and cab schedules before you leave.
  • Don’t forget to take water and snacks for the journey.

For a family holiday, you’ll find a variety of accommodation options, from traditional guesthouses to comfortable eco-lodges. The lakeside villages of Pac Ngoi and Coc Toc offer homestays and an incredible cultural immersion. Our favorite? The Ba Be Jungle Houses (formerly Mr Linh’s Homestay), a comfortable resort with a breathtaking view of the lake.

Jungle Resort
Ba Be Jungle Houses - Source : Mr Linh's adventures

Best times to visit Ba Be lake with your family

Dry season (October to April)

The dry season, from October to April, is ideal for visiting Ba Be Lake. Temperatures are pleasant and rainfall low, perfect for outdoor activities.

October to December: Enjoy moderate temperatures (20-25°C), lush green landscapes and a dry climate.

January to April: Winter and early spring offer a mild climate and a quieter period, with fewer tourists.

Rainy season (May to September)

The rainy season, from May to September, is less recommended due to heavy rainfall, but it also has its charms.

May to June: showers are generally short and the lush landscapes ideal for photographers.

July to September: The rainiest months, perfect for those who appreciate a lush, tropical atmosphere.

Tips for planning your visit

  • Avoid Vietnamese holidays: Holiday periods like Tet can be busier, and accommodation can be booked well in advance.
  • Prepare for hiking: If you’re planning to hike, the dry season is ideal. Make sure you have suitable hiking boots and bring water and snacks.
  • Book in advance: If you’re traveling during the high season (October to April), it’s advisable to book your accommodation and activities in advance to avoid disappointment.


A family holiday on Ba Be Lake is an adventure rich in discovery and unforgettable experiences. Between the lake’s natural beauty, outdoor activities and the warm welcome of the locals, this destination offers the perfect setting for an immersive, rejuvenating vacation.

So why wait? Book your stay at Ba Be lake and create unforgettable memories with your family!

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