Bac Kan is a province of Vietnam. It is located in the Northeast region, due north of the capital Hanoi. Bac Kan is the only town of the province which is the capital of the province and is a municipality. The province covers an area of 4,859.4 square kilometers and as of 2008 it had a population of 308,900 people. It is a mountainous terrain with rich natural resources of minerals and forests. It has numerous mountains, rivers and lakes which are very scenic. Ba Be National Park and Ba Be Lake lie within its borders.
Ba Be Lake or Ba Be National Park located 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.