Ba Be Lake and National Park

Monday, February 4th, 2013 - 8:33 AM

Ba Be lake is located among striking limestone landscapes and it is known as the largest natural lake in Vietnam. It is currently the center section of an extensive national park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone region with lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formation abound. The beautiful lake is surrounded by evergreen forests where many ethnic minority communities located.

Babe lake is covered by the tropical and semi-tropical evergreen Thai monsoon forest with the rich bio diversity of about 50 animal species, more than 400 plants and so many species of insects, reptiles and birds. The ten seriously endangered animal in the park include two primates, the Black Gibbon and the Tonkinese "snub-nosed" monkey.

Sitting on a flat-bottomed boats slide across the still water and see the natural landscape around is a feeling hard to describe. The latter is one of the world’s rarest species and on the brink of extinction. Flora and Fauna International is working with the park authorities and other agencies to save this attractive creature.

Actually, Ba Be Lake includes three separate lakes connected together by wide channels.  In total, it is about 7km long and 1km wide. This giant lake is home to about 50 species of freshwater fish. The surface of the lake is nearly always still that makes a boat trip a smooth experience. Moreover, you can also visit caves and islands here.

Living in the National Park area are a lot of small villages of ethnic minority inhabitants such as Tay, Red Dao, Coin Dao and White H’Mong people. There are just a few chances for travellers to see the colorful traditional costumes of those groups excepting in the performances and demonstration for tourists.