Thu 31/03/2016 | 21:19 GMT+7
Ba Be Lake or Ba Be National Parklocated in Bac Can Province, 240km from Hanoi and covers more than 23,000 hectares boasting waterfalls, rivers, deep valleys, lakes and caves set amid towering peaks. The whole area is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be Lake is in fact three lakes linked by wide channels, about 8km long and 400m wide. The surface is always calm, making a boat trip a peaceful experience. To reach Ba Be, it is an approximately six to eight -hour drive on rough road but excellent scenery compensated.
The best time to visit Ba Be Lake is during the dry season (winter and spring). In the wet season, the lake takes up water from the Nang River and regularly flooded. If travel at the time of Long Tong Festival on the 10th and 11th days of the first lunar month, there are traditional games and performance of surrounding ethnic tribal groups.
Ba Be Lake is located in the centre of Ba Be National Park, 70km southeast of Bac Kan city. Ba Be Lake is one of the most unique and beautiful natural tourist attractions in Vietnam. The lake was formed by the geological structural changes millions of years ago that made limestone mountains and caves. The lake was composed of three parts(Pe Leng, Pe Lu, Pe Lam) so it was called Ba Be Lake. The lake is 8km long, the widest place of 2km, with a water surface area of 500ha and an average depth of 20m, the deepest part being 35m. There are beautiful small islands on the lake and hundreds of freshwater fish Due to its special geological structure, Ba Be Lake is very different in comparison with other Karst lakes on the world. At the International Conference of Freshwater Lakes held in March 1995 Ba Be Lake was ranked as one of 20 most beautiful natural freshwater lakes of the world that should be protected. In 2012, Ba Be Lake was recognised as a special National landscape monument. Ba Be Lake, situated at an altitude of 150m above the sea level, is surrounded by the high limestone mountains and primeval jungle and with a year round beauty, the panorama of the lake is like a watercolour painting.