Ba Be National Park - Home to Viet Nam's largest and highest natural lake

Year of Declaration:  2003
Area (hectares): 10,048
Area and Location:

Established in 1992, Ba Be National Park is located in Bac Kan Province



The Park is named after Ba Be Lake, Vietnam’s largest and highest, natural freshwater lake, situated at about 150 meters above sea level.  Ba Be actually means ‘three lakes’ or ‘Slam Pe’ in the local Tay language.  These lakes are Pe Leng, Pe Lu and Pe Lam.  Ba Be is sometimes referred to as the “Ha Long Bay of the mountains”.


Habitat Types:

Typical habitats are the freshwater lake, and the limestone and the lowland evergreen forests.


Unique Flora:



Unique Fauna:

The most important mammal species for conservation are Francois’ langur (Trachypithecus francoisi) and Owston’s banded civet (Hemigulus ownstoni). The Vietnamese salamander (Paramesotriton deloustali) was recently discovered in the streams of the buffer zone.


Ecotourism Destination and Activities:

Interesting features in the park include waterfalls and ponds.  Visitors can take boat tours, trek through valleys, forests and caves, and visit local villages.


Biological Richness: • 65 species of mammals
• 27 species of bats
• 233 species of birds
• 43 species of reptiles and amphibians
• 106 species of fish
• 345 species of butterflies