Hai Phong Travel Guide

All things need to know before travelling to Hai Phong

As a large port city and owning the sea and islands, Hai Phong is an important link in the economic and tourism triangle Hai Phong – Hanoi – Quang Ninh. With the symbol of the poinciana flower, Hai Phong is also known as the “city of red poinciana flowers”.

Hai Phong possesses many attractive attractions such as Cat Ba, Do Son, hot spring tourist area in Tien Lang,… Most tourists, who are always interested in the Cat Islands. This is a beautiful island with a rich forest and sea ecosystem and many attractive tourism products.

1. Where is Hai Phong?

Hai Phong is a coastal city, located in the Northeast region of the Red River Delta of Vietnam. About 120 km east of Hanoi capital. Regarding administrative boundaries:

  • Northern Phi borders Quang Ninh province.
  • The South borders Thai Binh province.
  • The West borders Hai Duong province.
  • The East borders the Gulf of Tonkin – Vietnam.

2. How is Hai Phong unique?

Hai Phong tourism with its many potentials in natural beauty, cultural, historical and architectural destinations,…It is increasingly attracting tourists from all over to visit here. One of the factors that make tourists interested in learning and exploring when coming to Hai Phong. These are the architectural works that bear the characteristics of a port city.

Those are the architectural features of each project or the overall architecture of the seaport city dating back to the French colonial period. One of the beauties that makes the difference in Hai Phong city. It is an architectural intersection between two Asian and European cultures, ancient and contemporary. This gives the city an isolated beauty, both elegant and strong.

Furthermore, Hai Phong has all types of traffic. From sea, road, railway, inland waterway, air and has a favorable exchange position with domestic and international provinces. Through important transportation systems such as National Highway 5, National Highway 10, Hanoi – Hai Phong Expressway, Hanoi – Hai Phong Railway, Cat Bi International Airport, Hai Phong Port,…This is an important focal point, the main gateway to the sea of northern localities, connecting international maritime traffic routes. These are particularly favorable factors for tourism development in Hai Phong.

3. When is the best time to visit Hai Phong?

You can travel to Hai Phong all year round because each season Hai Phong has its own beauty. However, based on the Hai Phong travel experience of many tourists, you should choose one of the three time periods below:

  • From September to April next year: This is the most ideal time to travel to Hai Phong because the weather is dry, no rain, cool and pleasant. According to Origin Vietnam’s travel experience, when traveling at this time, you can freely explore famous places and immerse themselves in the cool water at Do Son beach, Cat Ba island.
  • From January to March: This time there are many famous festivals. Such as Doi Mountain Festival, Elephant Festival, Trang Trinh Temple,… for tourists to enjoy and entertain.
  • In winter: You can walk around the busy central streets, take check-in photos at famous Hai Phong entertainment venues without fear of crowds. Or planning a food tour to Hai Phong is also a great idea.

Choosing the right time to travel is also very important. Because it will help you have the experiences you want without having to spend time researching and spending too much money traveling between locations.

4. How to move to Hai Phong?

4.1 From Hanoi to Hai Phong

Hai Phong is located 120 km from Hanoi. So you can get to this beautiful coastal city in many different ways such as:

  • By personal vehicle: The road from Hanoi to Hai Phong is quite easy, you just need to follow Highway 5 through Hai Duong to get to Hai Phong. Note that before leaving, you should check the car carefully and bring a smartphone so you can find your way in case you get lost.
  • By train: This is the means of transportation chosen by many tourists. Not only that, when traveling by train, you also have the opportunity to fully see the beautiful scenery of Hai Phong as well as both sides of the road.
  • By passenger car: If you want to save time and money, the passenger car is the most optimal means of transportation. To get to Hai Phong, it takes about one and half hours to travel. You can also easily buy tickets at Giap Bat bus station, Gia Lam,…

4.2 From the central and southern provinces of Vietnam to Hai Phong

The most optimal means of transport is still the plane. After landing at Noi Bai airport, you will travel to Hai Phong by road. However, if you want to save money, you can use trains or buses from Mien Dong bus station.

4.3 Moving in Hai Phong

  • Renting a motorbike: Is a reasonable choice if you want to explore Hai Phong in your own way. Motorbikes will help you be proactive in your time, explore new routes and have many interesting experiences. Motorbike rental prices range from 80,000 – 150,000 VND/motorbike/day.
  • By taxi: Very suitable for families with the elderly and young children. Because traveling by taxi will be faster and more comfortable without being dependent on the weather. Hai Phong taxi price is about 10,000 VND/first km/4-seat car and 15,000 VND/first km/7-seat car.
  • By bus: Cheap price, only from 7,000 VND/ticket. Although it takes a bit of travel time, this will still be an interesting experience for you if you have a lot of time.

5. Sightseeing in Hai Phong

5.1 Do Son Beach

Do Son Beach is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Hai Phong. This place is only about 20 km from the city center, easy to get to. Every summer, this Hai Phong tourist area is often crowded with tourists coming to immerse themselves in the cool blue water and enjoy fresh seafood right next to the sea.

5.2 Cat Ba Island

If asked, what is there to do in Hai Phong tourism besides Do Son beach? The answer is definitely Cat Ba Island. Possessing a picturesque scenery with endless beaches, undulating white sand banks and many boats anchored near the shore. The landscape here has truly fascinated many tourists. According to self-sufficient travel experience in Hai Phong, it is ideal for tourists to come here in June – July.

5.3 Lan Ha Bay

Dubbed the “paradise pearl island”, Lan Ha Bay attracts tourists with its clear blue water and pristine natural scenery. With 400 large and small islands, all are covered with green trees. Traveling here you will feel like you are lost in a cool, green “paradise”. Visit Lan Ha bay is truly a wonderful space for you and your family to relax.

5.4 Bach Long Vi Island

As the most remote island in the Gulf of Tonkin, Bach Long Vi Island still retains its wild beauty and attracts a large number of tourists. This place has a fresh, cool climate and is always vibrant with fishing boats every day. If you are looking for a peaceful, secluded tourist destination in Hai Phong. You should go to the island in the evening, watch the sunset and breathe in the fresh air.

5.5 Hon Dau Island

Hon Dau tourist area attracts many tourists. Because of its beautiful wild natural scenery and many attractive entertainment areas with large-scale investment. This place is also considered by many tourists to be the “miniature Da Lat” of Hai Phong city. Because of the image of whispering green pine trees. According to Hon Dau Hai Phong travel experience, you should experience both natural beaches and artificial beaches. They combined resorts and modern amusement parks.

5.6 Dock without number

K15 pier, also known as Leaning pier, is a tourist destination in Hai Phong that is being preserved by the country. This is a national monument, marking a milestone in the resistance war against America to save the country. The numberless pier is also the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh road at sea, marking brilliant victories, marking the heroic history of our army. Now, this place is not only a historical relic but also an indispensable point in Hai Phong tours. It attracts a large number of tourists to visit and learn.

5.7 Elephant Mountain Complex

The Elephant Mountain complex includes beautiful caves. Such as: Elephant cave, Chieng cave, Carp cave, Be cave…This place is very suitable for one-day trips to Hai Phong or tourists who love to explore the beauty of Hai Phong. The wild, natural beauty of the caves.

5.8 Tuong Long tower cultural and historical relic site

Tuong Long Tower is a historical and cultural relic more than a thousand years old located on the top of Long Son. In 1058, King Ly Thai Tong built the tower and then dreamed of a golden dragon, so he immediately named the tower: Tuong Long Tower, meaning “seeing the Golden Dragon appear”. When standing on the tower, you will admire the panoramic beauty of Do Son as well as the simple life of the fishermen here.

6. Activities and experiences in Hai Phong city

61 Admiring Tam Bac Lake

Tam Bac Lake is a quite famous tourist destination, suitable for picnics, exercise and chatting with friends. Coming here in the summer, you also have the opportunity to check-in with the beautiful red phoenix rows.

6.2 Cycling around Europe Hai Phong street

Another activity that you should not miss is cycling around the Europe Street of Hai Phong. This is where many delicious shops and restaurants gather so you can feel the vibrant and bustling life of the Port city.

6.3 Check-in at the city center

The center of the city of red poinciana converges many theaters, parks, squares and countless unique locations. You can live comfortably virtually during your journey.

6.4 Hunting dawn and watching sunset on Binh bridge

Binh Bridge is a beautiful and large-scale cauldron-shaped bridge in Hai Phong. Standing on the bridge, you will fully admire the beauty of Cai River. It’s even more wonderful when you can enjoy the sunset and sunrise right on this bridge.

6.5 Immersing yourself in the bustling weekend market atmosphere

The markets sell a variety of items, with many colorful colors, which will definitely make you want to buy immediately. This is also a favorite place for many young people on weekends.

6.6 Joining food tour in Hai Phong

  • Recharging your energy with fatty coconut beams. Address: Opposite 118 Lach Tray, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Enjoying bun cha in a strange style. Address: 47 Lach Tray, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Hai Phong specialty spicy fish noodle soup cannot be missed. Address: 66 Le Loi, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Crab cakes are delicious and attractive. Address: Co Dao market, Hai Phong.
  • Port’s famous spicy bread. Address: 57 Le Loi, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.

7. Specialties when traveling to Hai Phong

7.1 Crab hotpot

If you don’t know what to eat in Hai Phong, according to Hai Phong travel experience, you should enjoy crab hotpot. This hot pot dish is characterized by sweet broth simmered from bones, lots of crab sticks, soft tofu. It is accompanied vegetables and dipping meat that are all very attractive. The most special thing is the smooth hot pot broth that has never been seen in any other province.

7.2 Spicy fish noodle soup

When mentioning Hai Phong specialties, we cannot ignore the famous spicy fish noodle dish. The spicy flavor from chili peppers mixed with attractive toppings. Such as vegetables, spring rolls, and crispy fried fish will really make you gasp and not hesitate to praise. Guests can choose between vermicelli or red rice paper depending on their preference.

7.3 Crab spring rolls

Unlike traditional spring rolls, this dish’s main ingredient is Hai Phong crab. The crispy outer shell combined with the fatty filling, filled with crab meat, will definitely conquer your taste buds. Those who are fans of seafood will definitely love this dish when traveling to Hai Phong.

7.4 Crab cakes

If tourists have experience traveling to Hai Phong on their own, then in their food tour, crab cakes will be a “must-try” dish that cannot be missed. Hai Phong crab cake has many toppings such as shrimp, crab, lolot leaf rolls, pork, etc., making diners not feel bored when eating. This dish is also very cheap, starting from only 30,000 VND/bowl.

7.5 Spicy bread

Spicy bread is considered the soul of Hai Phong cuisine. The highlight of this dish lies in the homemade pate and dipping sauce of each restaurant. This dish is considered the most delicious when the pate must be soft and fragrant, the dipping sauce must be spicy and not too liquid.

7.6 Various types of snails

According to Hai Phong travel experience, snails are also a very special dish here. With diverse preparation methods and many types of sauces. Such as salted eggs, spicy tamarind, Thai sauce,…the snail shops here really know how to please tourists. You should visit Hai Phong snail restaurants in the evening. Because the air is cool at this time, so you can eat and drink comfortably.

7.7 Salt-roasted crab

At the end of the Hai Phong food tour, you can choose a salt-roasted crab dish. The rich flavor from the seasoning will permeate every fiber of crab meat, making it very attractive. Sipping this salt-roasted crab dish with a glass of beer or soft drink is truly even better.

8. Accommodation when traveling to Hai Phong

When traveling to Hai Phong, you can refer to some of the accommodations below:

8.1 Hotels:

  • Hai Phong Hotel 2. Address: 193 Cau Dat, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Minh Phuong Hotel. Address: Dong Khe, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Dong Do Hotel. Address: 60 Luong Khanh Thien, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Hang Hai Hotel. Address: 282 Da Nang, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Van Xuan Hotel. Address: 326 Le Loi, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.

8.2 Guesthouses:

  • Tay Ho Guesthouse. Address: 20 Thien Loi, Kenh Duong, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Nhat Anh Guest House. Address: 37 Le Hong Phong, Dong Khe, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Royal Guesthouse. Address: 14 Lot 7C, Le Hong Phong, Dong Khe, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Rose Guest House. Address: 241 Lach Tray, Dang Giang, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.
  • Hong Phuc Guest House. Address: 12 Le Hong Phong, Dong Khe, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong.

9. Some necessary notes when traveling to Hai Phong

Coming to Hai Phong, you need to note the following issues to have a complete trip:

  • If you plan to go to Hai Phong on holidays or Tet, you should book services in advance to avoid running out of rooms.
  • Remember to check Hai Phong’s weather in advance to prepare appropriate outfits to both enjoy your virtual life and protect your health when traveling.
  • You need to prepare additional electronic devices such as backup chargers and cameras to help save memories in Hai Phong.

Hai Phong takes you to the beautiful port land in the Gulf of Tonkin region of Vietnam. With beautiful scenes that captivate many tourists. Hopefully the useful experiences about traveling to Hai Phong that we share above will help you have interesting journeys of discovery.

If you are planning your upcoming trip to Hai Phong, please contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator immediately. We will take you on a journey to explore Hai Phong with so many interesting things and unforgettable experiences.

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