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Elephant Mountain

Elephant Mountain is one of the scenic complexes possessing many long-standing cultural and historical values of Hai Phong, Vietnam. This is one of the wonderful and attractive destinations for tourists every time they have the opportunity to visit Hai Phong. Let’s explore this unique Elephant Mountain complex with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is the Elephant Mountain complex?

Elephant Mountain is the highest mountain located in An Tien commune, An Lao district, Hai Phong city, Vietnam. It is 20km west of Hai Phong city center and about 99 km southeast of Hanoi capital. Although far from Hai Phong city center, Elephant Mountain still attracts many tourists to visit.

2. How is Elephant Mountain complex unique?

Elephant Mountain includes many populations of rocky mountains and dirt mountains interwoven together and shaped like an elephant. The mountain has a height of 143m and this is the highest mountain in Hai Phong.

This is a famous scenic complex in Hai Phong Port, associated with many historical and cultural values of Vietnam. Elephant Mountain was recognized as a historical relic and national landscape on April 28, 1962.

Elephant Mountain is also associated with the heroic war period of the Vietnamese people as it was a refuge for many soldiers. The reason is that Elephant Mountain has quite rugged terrain and is very suitable for guerrilla tactics. There are still many vestiges left here from the resistance war against France and America. In addition, Elephant Mountain is also a place that receives the attention of many researchers and archaeologists.

Furthermore, it also carries mysterious legends that are still passed on by many people. This has made many curious tourists eager to come and explore this mysterious tourist destination.

3. When is the best time to visit Elephant Mountain complex?

Hai Phong Elephant Mountain possesses an ideal climate that allows visitors to comfortably visit at any time of the year. However, according to experience, summer and fall will be the most beautiful and coolest time for Elephant Mountain to travel.

In addition, on the full moon day of the first lunar month every year, many extremely bustling and attractive Elephant Mountain festivals take place here.

4. How to get to Elephant Mountain complex?

4.1 From Hanoi to Hai Phong

If you come to Hai Phong Elephant Mountain from the capital Hanoi, you can choose many easy ways to travel such as:

  • Personal vehicle: You can choose a motorbike or car, then move along Highway 5 through Hai Duong to arrive in Hai Phong.
  • Train: For those who have a lot of time and like to see beautiful scenery, the train will be a very suitable means of transport with a very affordable price.
  • Bus: Go to Gia Lam or Giap Bat bus stations, there are many bus routes to Hai Phong, it takes about 1 hour to arrive.

4.2 From Hai Phong city to Elephant Mountain

To get to the Elephant Mountain complex, from Hai Phong city center, you can take a taxi, motorbike taxi or personal vehicle. Go to school along National Highway 5 – cross Niem bridge – Truong Chinh – Le Duan – Hoang Thiet Tam – Road 360 – Hoang Quoc Viet. Going straight then turn right onto the right dike road of Lach Tray River, Elephant Mountain will appear before your eyes.

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5. Activities and Experiences in Elephant Mountain complex

5.1. Exploring the system of ancient caves

According to recorded archaeological documents, Hai Phong Elephant Mountain is one of the major remaining archaeological works of the Dong Son culture. With the oldest history of about 2,500 years ago in Vietnam.

In addition to the majestic appearance of a giant elephant lying prostrate, Hai Phong Elephant Mountain also possesses many rich caves that still retain their wild and mysterious features. Such as: Long Tien Cave, Nam Tao Cave, Elephant Throat Cave, Carp Cave…are composed of many layers of stalactites and stalagmites.

5.2 Admiring many unique spiritual works

In addition to the rocky mountains and magnificent caves in the Elephant An Lao Mountain relic area, Hai Phong also owns many cultural and spiritual architectural works. Such as Chi Lai communal house and Long Hoa pagoda. Chi Lai Communal House was built with ancient architecture (from the 19th century), all the temples are built of unique and delicate carved wood. Long Hoa Pagoda is a pagoda with a long history, built in the Ly Dynasty in the 11th century. This is known as an ancient cultural architectural work that has been passed down through many generations.

5.3 Participating in the traditional Elephant Mountain festival

If you come to Elephant Mountain on the full moon day of January every year, you will participate in the Elephant Mountain Festival, this is a very famous traditional festival in Hai Phong. The festival takes place at the temple of female general Le Chan with many solemn rituals, unique musical performances and many attractive folk games. Not to mention there are many other interesting activities, such as Thai Son wrestling, traditional Cheo art performances, listening to Cai Luong singing at Quang Trung, Tan Dan,…

5.4 Resting and having fun at Nui Voi Resort ecotourism area

Not only traveling and visiting Elephant Mountain, you can also experience rest and fun at Elephant Mountain Resort ecotourism area. Here, you will participate in many attractive outdoor activities. Such as fishing, boating, visiting ancient houses,… and enjoying local specialties.

For those who like to travel and explore, remember to prepare all the necessary items. Such as camping tents, snacks, drinking water, flashlights, clothes,… to comfortably enjoy the natural atmosphere at Elephant Mountain.

6. Specialties when traveling to the Elephant Mountain complex

Although there is a resort here, the food is not much combined with the long climbing distance, so you will also lose strength. So when traveling to Elephant Mountain, remember to bring snacks for the day along with drinking water to rest mid-way. After going down the mountain, you can enjoy some specialties such as: Hai Phong coconut beam specialties, Hai Phong spicy bread, Hai Phong spicy porridge,...

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7. Accommodation when traveling to Elephant Mountain complex

Before traveling to Elephant Mountain, remember to find quality hotels in Hai Phong first. Check out some of the following suggestions from Origin Vietnam:

  • Sheraton Hai Phong. Address: Vinhomes Imperia Hai Phong Urban Area, Hanoi Street, Thuong Ly, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.
  • Tan An Palace Hotel. Address: No. 22 Hong Bang Street, Trai Chuoi Ward, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.
  • Draco – Thang Long Hotel. Address: No. 2 Hoang Van Thu, Minh Khai Ward, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.
  • Manoir Des Arts Hotel. Address: 64 Dien Bien Phu, Minh Khai Ward, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.
  • Opera Hotel Hai Phong. Address: 20B Minh Khai, Hoang Van Thu, Hong Bang District, Hai Phong City.

8. Some important notes when traveling to Elephant Mountain complex

  • You are not allowed to draw on the cave, nor are they allowed to pluck leaves or branches.
  • When camping, maintain general hygiene and clean up before leaving.
  • Preparing mosquito repellent and insect bite repellent when camping overnight.
  • If traveling to explore, you should prepare snacks, drinks, flashlights, and trash bags in advance.

Above are all the experiences when traveling to Elephant Mountain that Origin Vietnam wants to share with you. If you are planning to travel to the port city of Hai Phong, don’t forget to contact our team – a professional tour operator, to get the best service at the most suitable price. We will take you on a tour Vietnam to explore Hai Phong city with memorable experiences.

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