Hai Phong is a famous port city of the North, whose symbol is the phoenix flower. So it is also known as “the city of red phoenix flowers”. Travel experiences in Hai Phong vary from street food to beaches.
When is the best time to travel to Hai Phong?
Hai Phong is suitable for traveling in all 4 seasons of the year. Coming to Hai Phong in winter, you will be treated to hot street foods. In the summer, you can go to the beach or enjoy the famous coconut jam at the shops in the city. In addition, summer is also the time when phoenix flowers bloom on the central streets and the road to Do Son.
How to get there?
From Hanoi, you can get to Hai Phong by many way.
Travel By private car is the most convenient way to travel. Becasue it is via the Hanoi – Hai Phong highway. Time is about 1.5 hours.
Travel by train: The trains from Hanoi to Hai Phong have hard and soft seats, with or without air conditioning, priced from 100,000 to 130,000 VND. Tourists taking the train can send motorbikes to actively move in Hai Phong.
By bus, you can choose Hoang Long, Anh Huy, priced at 120,000-135,000 VND. Choose a limousine for more privacy and have a drop-off and drop-off service in the inner city, you can choose Hai Phong Travel, priced at 230,000-250,000 VND.
If you come from Ho Chi Minh City, you can take flights of Bamboo Airways, Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air. In particular, Vietnam Airlines departs from Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon and Bamboo Airways departs in the morning to Cat Bi airport. Visitors can also fly to Hanoi and travel by road.
Staying in the center of Hai Phong, you can refer to hotels. Such as Hotel Nikko, Mercure Hai Phong, luxury and luxurious Vinpearl Hotel Imperia. Because they are located in prime locations, easy to move to places in the city. Room rates from 1.2 million to 2.5 million. More affordable options are rooms in the adjacent houses of Vinhomes and Hoang Huy. But if you want a cheapper price so the homestays Dreamland – Chihouse, Vancao Green Homestay with prices from 250,000 VND per night.
Beside that Hai Phong has high-class resorts by the sea, mainly in Cat Ba. Flamingo Cat Ba Beach Resort, Hôtel Perle d’Orient Cat Ba – MGallery, Nam Cat Island Resort… the average price is from 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 VND per night. But Overnight on a cruise in the middle of Lan Ha Bay. It’s also a different option, with a price of about 3,000,000 to 6,000,000 VND per person per night.
Sightseeing in Hai Phong
Hai Phong Station
This is the first and most interesting place for tourists who choose to take the train from Hanoi to Hai Phong. The station is imprinted with French architecture. It is considered one of the most beautiful train stations left by the French in Vietnam.
Hai Phong Opera House
Hai Phong City Theater was built in 1904 on the foundation of an old market of An Bien ancient village and completed in 1912. This work is made according to the Paris theater prototype, construction materials brought from France. In addition, the construction was carried out by Vietnamese workers and work under the direction of French architects.
During the French colonial period, the Opera House was a place of political and cultural activities of the French and rich natives. Only the troupes from France or famous troupes in the country can perform here. Especially only the rich can afford to buy tickets. Currently, this is a tourist symbol of the city, located in the center, regularly takes place cultural activities.
Hai Phong is known as the city of bridges. They are especially beautiful at night. Binh Bridge crosses the Cam River, connecting the inner city of Hai Phong with Thuy Nguyen district and going to Quang Ninh. It’s designed according to curves to create architectural and aesthetic shapes.
The railway bridge spanning the Tam Bac River was started by the French in 1901. The bridge was designed with a middle span that can rotate 90 degrees, along the riverbank so that boats do not encounter any obstacles when traveling cross the river.
Do Son is divided into 3 zones, of which zone 2 specializes in swimming, zone 1 is for eating and walking. Along the coastal road, visitors can visit Hang Pagoda, which is handed down as the first place where Buddhism was introduced to Vietnam; Jade Emperor Temple; Van Ngang Temple. Tuong Long Pagoda is located at the top of the highest mountain of Do Son, from here you can see the whole beautiful sea. Ba De Temple on the way to Do Son is also very famous, worshiping Trinh Chua’s wife.
In addition to the above places, Cat Ba is the “jewel” of Hai Phong tourism. That you cannot ignore to visit Lan Ha bay, Monkey island…
What to eat?
Hai Phong is most famous for its street food. Tourists from the provinces choose food tours during the day to enjoy delicious Hai Phong dishes. Such as banh beo, crab cakes, spicy bread, coconut pickles, spicy fish vermicelli, snails, chrysanthemum tea, bubbly, steamed rice cakes. ..