When the sweltering summer sun started covering all regions of the country, a lot of tourists flock to the beach to be immersed in the cool and blue sea water. However, there is also a very great space gives you a relaxed feeling to forget the fatigue and discomfort, that is Ba Be Lake. Unique natural landscape, the harmony between mountains, rivers and mild climate particularly attract tourists to Ba Be Lake in this summer.
Geological values of Ba Be Lake
Located in Ba Be National Park , Ba Be Lake is known as one of the 20 largest natural freshwater lakes in the world was formed 200 million years ago from the special geological formations. At 145m altitude above sea level, the lake covers an area of over 650 hectares of water surface, surrounded by limestone mountains with lots of caves and underground streams.
Local people call the Slam Pe is Ba Be Lake. This name comes from the lake where convergence of three rivers Pe Lam, Pe Lu and Pe Leng. The lake has an average depth of 17-23m, 8 km at its widest, the lake bottom is covered with a thick layer of clay 200m. Because of this clay layer that water does not leak out, forming the lake. Ba Be Lake has a tremendous value in geology. This is expressed through a lot of caves, underground rivers formed up a lot of interesting attractions for tourists as Puong cave, Fairy Pond, Nang River, Dau Dang waterfall.
Special ecological values
Besides values of geology and geomorphology, Ba Be has special ecological values with populations of more than 417 species of plants, 299 species of vertebrates. Under reservoir contain more than 49 species of freshwater fishes, including some rare species as Kinh carp, Ram Xanh fish, Anh Vu fish and Lang fish.
Ba Be Lake has a mysterious beauty
In the early morning, mist fly over the water and around mountains creating a mysterious beauty. And in the dazzling sun, this scenery becomes a charming picture of rivers and mountains, captivates even most discerning travelers. More romantic than with Tay girls dress in traditional cloths, hiding out on a small boat in the vast sky.
Visitors come to the lake, if you are in a big group, you should rent motorboats. If you are in a small group or you love adventurous feeling, you can rent Doc Moc boat, and then slowly down the boat on the lake, just admire the beauty while listening to the tales of the lake told by the boatman.
The life of indigenous people
In addition to admire the natural landscape, at Ba Be Lake you can also learn about the daily life of ethnic groups: Tay, H’mong, Dao living in 15 villages in the national park. In particular, the Tay ethnic people who are the longest (over 2000 years) living here, as well as the largest ethnic group (58%). People here are very hospitable, just speak, you will be invited to their house, enjoy a cup of the corn wine, eat bacon from kitchen upstairs or listen folk songs like: then, si, luon singing, khen dancing.
Cuisine is also special as dishes are cooked from natural products here, may be mentioned as grilled fish, sticky rice, kitchen upstairs bacon, forest banana, sour shrimp, don vegetable… fish from the lake is clamped on bamboo charcoal grill until become yellow colour with attractive flavor.
Ba Be lake & How to get there:
– Ba Be Lake is in Nam Mau commune, Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, about 220 km from Hanoi.
– From Hanoi, you can go by motorbike or catch a bus to Bac Kan (Gia Lam bus station), then take a bus to Cho Ra town, and go by motorbike to Ba Be with prices from 40,000VND to 50,000VND.
– Lodging of Ba Be National Park is priced from 200,000 to 300,000 VND / room / 2 people or tourists can sleep at homestay of Tay People in Pac Ngoi, Po Lu with 50,000 VND / person.
– Should visit the lake by Doc Moc boat to feel crisp romance and tranquility of the lake.