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Hon Dau Island

Hon Dau Island – Hai Phong, is no longer a strange name to the travel-loving community, especially sea tourism. If you also want to once enjoy the wild beauty of nature, with long clear beaches and breathtakingly beautiful attractions, this will be the most ideal destination for you. Let’s explore this beautiful island with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Hon Dau Island?

Hon Dau is a tourist island located in the Gulf of Tonkin of Vietnam, in Do Son entertainment area, Hai Phong city. About 20 km southeast of Hai Phong city and about 140 km east of Hanoi capital.

2. How is Hon Dau island unique?

Hon Dau Island possesses a wild landscape with widespread primeval forests, many wild animals, beautiful rocks and beaches. That’s why Hon Dau Island quickly became an attractive tourist destination for relaxation and relaxation for many tourists from all over beside Cat Ba National Park.

Moreover, Hon Dau Island is also famous as a “miniature Da Lat” full of dreams. By coming to this island, people feel like they are lost in a land of hundreds of blooming flowers and towering rows of green pine trees. Every once in a while a cool breeze passes by, soothing the heat from the narrow, hustle and bustle of the city.

Sitting on the boat for about 20 minutes from South Do Son wharf – Do Son tourist area, you will see the moss green patches of the island standing out on the clear blue water and white dotted clouds. At this moment, you will begin to immerse yourself in a new experience called “slow living on Hon Dau Island – Hai Phong”.

3. When is the best time to visit Hon Dau Island?

The most beautiful time to visit Hon Dau Island will be in the summer, at this time the sky is clear and sunny, the sea is beautiful and suitable for sightseeing and relaxation activities. Therefore, you should choose to come here from April to July.

In addition, spring from January to March is also an ideal choice, at this time the air is very cool and there are many attractive festivals taking place.

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4. How to get to Hon Dau?

4.1 From Hanoi to Do Son – Hai Phong

Hon Dau Island is located about 20 km from Hai Phong city center, there are many ways to get here so you can rest assured. For those coming from Hanoi, you can choose the following options:

  • By personal vehicle: For the trip to Hai Phong, we can choose a motorbike or private car to travel. Especially for those who like to explore, don’t miss the opportunity to roam on the roads.
  • By bus: There are many bus routes from Hanoi to Hai Phong at bus stations such as Gia Lam and Giap Bat. Bus ticket prices usually range from 80,000 – 250,000 VND/person.
  • By train: Train ticket price from Hanoi to Hai Phong will range from 100,000 – 125,000 VND/person depending on seat type. Traveling time will take about 2-3 hours.

For those of you living further away in the southern or central provinces of Vietnam, you should book air tickets to Hai Phong to save time. After landing at Cat Bi airport in Hai Phong, go to South Do Son wharf at Do Son tourist area to buy a ticket and take a boat for about 20 minutes to reach Hon Dau island.

4.2 From Do Son to Hon Dau island

In the past, people and tourists often chose boats from Nghieng wharf to explore Hon Dau island. However, in recent years, Do Son district has changed the starting point from Nghieng wharf to Nam Do Son wharf. This place is located in the Hon Dau international tourist area, to provide better transportation services for tourists.

From there, moving from Nam Do Son wharf to Hon Dau island is not only quick but also safer than choosing from Nghieng wharf.

Currently, the boat ticket price to Hon Dau Island and tour cost is 90,000 VND/person, including 70,000 VND round-trip ticket price and 20,000 VND entrance fee. The train’s operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

5. Activities and Experiences in Hon Dau Island

As one of the attractive tourist destinations in Hai Phong, Hon Dau Island possesses many attractive destinations such as:

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5.1 Exploring primeval forests:

This is definitely the place you must visit first. Hon Dau primeval forest possesses a vast diversity of vegetation. The plants here are divided into 3 layers: ancient trees, vines and herbaceous plants with many ancient sycamore trees up to a hundred years old. Hon Dau’s primeval forest still retains its pristine wilderness, bringing wonderful experiences when exploring.

5.2 Visiting the Nam Hai Than Vuong temple:

During the battle against the Yuan – Mongol army on the Bach Dang River, a Tran Dynasty general heroically sacrificed his life and his body washed ashore after the battle. The people of Dau island later discovered it and brought it back to build a temple to worship incense to this day. Nam Hai Than Vuong Temple is a famous sacred place, always protecting the peaceful life of people on the island. According to many anecdotes, if any bad guys come to the island and steal anything, even a small stone, they must return it to the villagers to hope for peace.

5.3 Admiring the Hon Dau lighthouse:

It is a famous lighthouse at Hon Dau and was built in 1892 by a French engineer. After being destroyed during the war, the lighthouse was restored and built based on the original architecture. It now become a famous check-in location for many tourists.

5.4 Experiencing at Hon Dau tourist area:

This place has many amusement parks and entertainment attractions combined for visitors to relax and unwind. You can comfortably swim in the sea, immerse yourself in the artificial swimming pool, explore the aquarium, visit Vong Canh hill and watch many natural animals such as deer, rabbits,…

5.5 Visiting Tam Gian’s house:

This is a row of houses built in 1908 according to French architecture. Tam Gian House has eight rooms including a hallway, bathroom and fireplace. Tam Gian House is currently used to welcome tourists and stay overnight.

5.6 Seeing the Red Bud banyan tree:

It is the largest and most numerous ancient banyan tree population in Vietnam with up to hundreds of trees, including 45 trees over 100 years old, 35 trees recognized as Vietnamese heritage trees.

6. Specialty dishes when traveling to Hon Dau island

Traveling to Hon Dau Island to visit and have fun but cannot forget your hungry stomach. The cuisine on Hon Dau Island is extremely unique with many delicious dishes that you should try. Let’s find them out.

6.1 Hai Phong crab noodle

Not only on Hon Dau Island, crab noodles are also considered a representative delicacy of Hai Phong. Unlike other provinces, Hai Phong crab noodles have a sweet broth and are served with many types of toppings such as crab, shrimp, mantis shrimp, squid rolls, lolot meat, etc. It brings a strange feeling to the mouth and makes it delicious. Diners will never forget.

6.2 Seafood

Going to Hon Dau Hai Phong without enjoying fresh seafood is not considered going to the beach. Because the seafood here is both delicious, fresh and extremely cheap. On the island, there are many restaurants and eateries serving seafood dishes of all flavors and all kinds of extremely attractive preparations for you to enjoy. Hon Dau Island is famous for fish, shrimp, mantis shrimp,…you should order these dishes to experience.

6.3 Shrimp rolls

You have eaten many types of meat rolls, but you certainly have never tried the special shrimp rolls only available at Hon Dau Hai Phong. The rolls here are made from rice flour so they are soft and fragrant, and inside is filled with richly seasoned shrimp meat. When enjoying, add a little fried onion and dip it with sweet and sour dipping sauce, it’s absolutely wonderful.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Hon Dau island

When traveling to Hon Dau Island, you can stay right at the resort on the island. Or you can stay at nearby hotels such as:

  • Hon Dau Resort. Address: Hon Dau International Tourist Area Zone 3, Van Huong Ward, Do Son District, Hai Phong City.
  • Tecco Do Son Hotel. Address: Hon Dau International Tourist Area, Area 3, Van Huong Ward, Do Son District, Hai Phong City.
  • La Regina Royal Cruise. Address: Group 3, Cat Hai Town, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City.
  • La Pinta Cruise. Address: Got Ferry, Cat Hai Town, Cat Hai District, Hai Phong City.
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8. Some necessary notes when traveling to Hon Dau island

To make your trip to Hon Dau Island safe, convenient and complete. Please refer to some notes below:

  • Please prepare a tent, food, and drinks if you intend to camp overnight at Hon Dau.
  • You should choose sports shoes with soft and low soles for ease of movement, especially when exploring primeval forests.
  • Choosing serious clothing when going to Nam Hai Than Vuong Temple and bringing lightweight clothes for swimming.
  • Bringing a hat/hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from sunlight.
  • The primeval forest area has a lot of mosquitoes and insects, so you should prepare the topical medications.
  • You should book hotels in Do Son – Hai Phong and air tickets early to avoid sold out tickets and limited availability during peak season.

Traveling to Hon Dau Island, you will discover many interesting things from nature, culture and cuisine,…Besides, the wild natural landscapes, the simple beauty of nature and people will bring you memorable vacation experiences.

If you are planning your upcoming trip to Hon Dau – Do Son island, please immediately contact Origin Vietnam – a professional tour operator. We will accompany you on your tour Vietnam to discover the Hai Phong tour with the most wonderful experiences.

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