Scenic Thac Ba lake tour - 2 days

You are interested in naturally untouched landscapes of the lake, islands & caves ? You would love to get in touch with authentic daily life of locals in rural & peaceful villages? We recommend you a 2 day trip to Duong Lam ancient village & Thac Ba lake - a relaxed journey to discover the natural beauty in Thac Ba lake and to have a good understanding of local cultures ( Vietnamese in Duong Lam hamlet & Red Dzao ethnic in Ngoi Tu village). Let's come & experience......
From: Call 2 days/ 1 night - private tour from Hanoi Homestay in Ngoi Tu village

Overview of Duong Lam ancient village- Thac Ba lake 2 day from Hanoi.

Thac Ba is a beautiful lake with more than a thousand of green islets emerging on its water surface - creating stunning landscapes, so it is likened as “ Halong bay on mountain”.Travelling to Thac Ba lake, it is good to admire the pristine landscapes of this lake by boat ride.You will have a really relaxed journey cruising between those pristinely luxuriant islands, witness locals fishing by net and stop en route for a hike to explore Thuy Tien cave.

Landscape - Thac ba lake

Peaceful landscapes in Thac Ba lake

We tailor-make this 2 day Thac Ba lake tour in a good combination with Duong Lam ancient village, you will have a good understanding of local Vietnamese & Red Dzao cultures, therefore bring you more interesting travel experiences .

This tour is operated following our responsible travel policy, so joining in this trip, you will contribute your small part to better locals’ incomes, to preserve the cultural features of Vietnam ethnic minorities and develop the local community.


Brief travel program of 2 day Thac Ba lake tour

  • Day 1. Hanoi - Duong Lam ancient village- Thac Ba lake.Homestay in Ngoi Tu village (L,D)
  • Day 2. Boat ride to explore Thac Ba lake - back to Hanoi (B,L)

Catching fish in Thac Ba lake

Net for trapping the fish on the lake

Special highlights of this 2 day trip to Duong Lam village - Thac Ba lake.

  • A great hideaway from the city’s hustle & bustle to the peaceful & quiet atmosphere of rural life in Vietnam : Duong Lam ancient village & Thac Ba lake.
  • Chance to explore Thac Ba lake which is considered as “ Halong bay on mountain” with boat ride to admire the natural landscapes of different green islets & caves.
  • Get to know Vietnamese local culture ( in Duong Lam ancient village) & Red Dzao’s daily life ( homestaying in Ngoi Tu village next to Thac Ba lake)
  • Enjoy interesting talks & authentic meals with a local families in their traditional houses.
  • Travel resposibly to better the local's income when homestaying in Ngoi Tu village.

More photos of this trip.

Thac Ba Hydro power -dam

The view from Thac Ba hydro power plant

Duong Lam village

Ancient gate of the house in Duong lam village

Sunset landscape

Sunset on Thac Ba lake

Boat for visiting Thac Ba lake

Pier for catching the boat to visit Thac Ba lake

Thuy Tien cave

The view from Thuy Tien cave

Homestay view

The front view of the homestay to rice field valley

The detailed travel program of  2 day trip to Thac Ba lake from Hanoi.

Day 1 : Hanoi - Duong Lam ancient village - Thac Ba hydro power station.Homestay overnight in Ngoi Tu village (L,D)

8:00 am, our guide & driver pick you up and transfer to Duong Lam ancient village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses.

Upon arrival, we stroll around Mong Phu hamlet where still keeps its original architectures intact. Firstly, we pay a visit to Mia pagoda which was built in 15th century to worship Buddha. You can admire 287 beautiful statues of all sizes & artful sculptures, notably the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of Eight Vajra Deities.Continue walking along small alleys of the hamlets with stops to visit some typical ancient houses dated back to 400 years ago, have interesting talks with the host about the house's history & its architecture.Then we are heading to the village center where are standing a massive & old communal house - the meeting place of locals in important events of the village.It is nice to find down about the village's symbols in Vietnam : banyan tree, water wells, entrance gate & communal house.

Lunch in Duong lam village

Lunch with local family in Duong lam village

Have a lunch in an ancient house with local dishes prepared by the host.

Continue with our 3 hour drive along the countryside roads viewing scenic mountain landscapes & numerous local villages with their rice fields & tea plantations.

Arrive in Thac Ba lake at 5h30 p.m, pay a visit to Thac Ba hydro-power station and its dam - good to know about the hard time of Vietnam building up this important construction.Also, it is a good spot to have good shots of the sun setting down on Thac Ba lake.

Drive to Ngoi Tu village - a very peaceful & rustic one on the bank of Thac Ba lake, where you will spend your night homestay in local Dzao ethnic.

Dinner of the home-cooked dishes prepared by the local host.

Enjoy your quiet night in a traditional house on stilts.

Peaceful Thac Ba lake view

Calm & peaceful scenery on Thac Ba lake

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver, tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees, ,meals (Lunch, Dinner), soft sleeper berths with mosquito nets & blankets in the homestay.

Day 2 : Thac Ba lake exploration by boat to Thuy Thien cave - back to Hanoi (B,L)

You get waked up by the song of rousters and get the sense of the village’s lifestyle : quiet with the sound of ducks or cows ….somewhere around the village - that you could not experience in your modern world.

Have breakfast with the coffee or tea served in the homestay.

Thuy Tien cave view

The scenic landscape from Thuy Tien cave

After breakfast, we board a boat ride to explore Thac Ba lake.You chances to admire the quiet & peaceful scenery around the immense lake; to learn more about the lifestyle of Dzao people – who live on thousands of islets; as well as a scenic hike to Thuy Tien cave & capture an amazing panoramic view of the lake from the peak.

Back to the homestay for lunch.

Then meet our driver for a 4,5 hour journey back to Hanoi.

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver,tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees, meals (Breakfast, Lunch), boat ride fee

Price: Call.
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Inclusions :

  • Private car transfer  with driver following the travel itinerary.
  • Local tourguide of English speaking following travel program
  • Accommodation in a local homestay : solf-sleeper berths with blanket & mosquito nets.
  • Entrance sightseeing fees of mentioned visiting places.
  • Boat ride to visit Thac Ba reservoir.
  • Meals as stated in the program (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)

Exclusions :

  • Tips to guide & dirver ( 12-15usd/ usd/day to tourguide, 8-10usd/day to driver) , online payment fees, drinks, personal expences…
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