The name Ba Bể means ‘three lakes’ in the language of the ethnic Tay, who have settled this thickly forested area in the north of Vietnam. Ba Bể National Park is home to the largest natural lake in Vietnam, covering eight square kilometres. Stays here naturally involve life along the water, with fishing, walking, and boating, all part of an easy-going itinerary. Book a homestay along the water’s edge, where you can unwind with long hours in a hammock, or go paddling at sunrise. Save time on your trip to visit Cẩm Hà village – where the ethnic Tày minority live much the way they have for decades – and to explore An Mạ Pagoda and Hang Puông Cave.