Hai Phong city is not only the third largest city in Vietnam but it is also an important economic, social and cultural center of Vietnam. Hai Phong attracts tourists with pristine beaches, ancient buildings and the hospitality and friendliness of the local people here. If you’re having no idea about worth visiting places in Hai Phong or get tired searching the information about this city one by one? Now you’re in the right place. In order to help you fully explore the beauty of the “Red flamboyant city”, this article will give you informative suggestions about the city, about how to get to, where to go, what to eat and where to stay. So let’s pack your package and explore Hai Phong city with us!
I. OVERVIEW OF HAI PHONG
Being 102 km away from Hanoi capital, Hai Phong is one of the largest seaports in Vietnam which is the important transportation hub with domestic and international waterways, railway and has various industrial areas as well. Not only is Hai Phong famous as an industrial port city, Hai Phong also has tourism potential. Hai Phong still remains many architectural attractions, including traditional architecture with pagodas, ancient temples as well as French neoclassical architecture located on the old streets. What is more, Hai Phong owns a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – Cat Ba National Park located in the Cat Ba Archipelago along with beaches and resorts in Do Son. The city is also well-known for the cultural features, especially the cuisine and traditional festivals.
II. WHEN TO VISIT HAI PHONG, VIETNAM
1. Weather in Hai Phong
Hai Phong is located near the East China Sea so it has a typical subtropical climate of northern Vietnam: hot and humid with heavy rains in summer, dry and cold in winters. The average humidity is over 80%, and the average rainfall is 1600-1800 mm per year. Hai Phong has four distinct seasons: Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The average temperature of the hottest month in summer, July is 28.3 degrees Celsius, while the coldest month is January with 16.3 degrees Celsius. Compared to Hanoi, the weather in Hai Phong is slightly different when the city is cooler about 1 degree in summer and slightly colder in winter.
2. Best time to visit Hai Phong
Hai Phong has a different beauty in each season, so you can choose which time this the most suitable for you. However, the city is crowded most on June and July when the weather is hottest to chill and relax on the beach.
a. Hai Phong in summer ( From April to October)
This is summer and autumn time so the weather is quite suitable for you to travel to Hai Phong. You can relax and join in some activities on the beach under the sun. Moreover, there are some festivals held in this time, such as Red Flamboyant Festival or Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival. However, tourists come here will increase dramatically this time so you should book the hotel room in advance.
b. Hai Phong in winter ( From November to March)
If you come to Hai Phong during this time, you will experience the typical cold climate of North Vietnam. Also, as the tourists visiting Hai Phong in this time decreases, you can enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere and have your own space.
III. HOW TO GET TO/AROUND HAI PHONG
As one of the biggest cities in Vietnam, there are a lot of ways to reach Hai Phong: by air, by private car or by shuttle bus. Therefore, you just need to choose the most suitable one and travel to Hai Phong.
1. How to get to Hai Phong
a. Getting to Hai Phong by airplane
You will take a plane from Hanoi Airport. Currently, there are three airlines operating in Vietnam, including:
Vietnam Airlines is the flag carrier and the first aviation firm in Vietnam, which serves flights from Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Da Nang to Hai Phong. Book ticket Here
Vietjet Air is another Vietnamese aviation firm that is very well-known and has a reputation for its economical price. It operates Da Lat – Hai Phong, Phu Quoc – Hai Phong flights. Book ticket Here
Jetstar Pacific, a low-cost airline also has flights from some big cities in Vietnam to Hai Phong like: Buon Me Thuot, Dong Hoi, Quy Nhon. Book ticket Here
b. Getting to Hai Phong by private car
Another way for you to travel to Hai Phong is by private car. You can have a 3 hour trip from Hanoi to Hai Phong. The average price for renting a private car is from VND 1,200,000 to VND 2,000,000 (including payment for tolls, petrol, and driver) depending on the size and brand of the car you want to rent.
c. Getting to Hai Phong by shuttle bus
There are various shuttle bus companies has Hanoi – Hai Phong services, which is a very economical and fast way for tourists to visit Hai Phong. Additionally, the average price for a shuttle bus trip to Hai Phong is about VND 75,000 – VND 85,000
d. Getting to Hai Phong by train
Almost every northern provinces in Vietnam have trains to Hai Phong, so if you are into this means of transportation, you should go to the station to ask for train tickets to Hai Phong. You can buy tickets in Ha Noi Station from VND 45,000 to VND 115,000 (depending on the type of seat)
2. How to get around Hai Phong
Before starting your exploration in Hai Phong, you should choose a proper means of transportation that help you to get to the city destinations more easily. Read some suggestions below so that you can have some available choices.
a. Getting around Hai Phong by taxi
Taxi is a good choice for you to get around Hai Phong as there are a lot of taxis around the city and you can easily get one. Moreover, there are various taxi companies you can choose. The average taxi price is about VND 14,000 – VND 16,000 per kilometer.
- Dat Cang Taxi: +84 313 736 736; +84 3 567 567
- Mai Linh Hai Phong Taxi: +84 313 833 833; +84 3 833 666
- Trung Kien Taxi: +84 262 626; +84 355 2552; +84 358 6586
b. Getting around Hai Phong by local bus
You can totally travel around Hai Phong by local bus. It is a very economical way for you as it just costs you about VND 10,000 per ticket. However, to make sure that you will not get lost, you should tell the bus driver where you want to go, they will take you to the right destination.
c. Getting around Hai Phong by motorbike
Like other big cities, you can easily rent a motorbike in Hai Phong. The rental price is quite reasonable, about VND 80,000 – VND 120,000 in 24 hours. However, you should check the condition about driving license and helmet for the journey.
IV. WHERE TO GO IN HAI PHONG
1. Bao Dai Villa
Bao Dai Villa on Doi Vung, Do Son Zone 2 is not only an architectural work but also stories about Bao Dai – the last king of Nguyen Dynasty emperor as well as the last king in Vietnam.
Indochina Governor – General Pafquiere built this villa with French architecture in 1928. Later, Governor General offer it to King Bao Dai so this house called Bao Dai villa and became the king’s summer villa. The entire area is 3,700m2, and the area of villas is nearly 1,000m2 located on the top of Vung hill which is 36m above sea level. The villa has throne room, dining hall, ballroom and some bedrooms. Moreover, from mid-1999, villas was opened to visitors, offered overnight stay.
- Opening hours: from 8.30AM everyday
- Location: Vung Hill (Doi Vung), Do Son zone 2 (khu 2 Do Son)
2. Tuong Long Tower – Thap Tuong Long
Built on the top of Ngoc Son, Tuong Long tower looks like a pen drawing on the blue sky. Through ancient books, Tuong Long tower was thought to be the most spectacular Buddhist monument, an observation tower and a royal palace in the northeastern region of Dai Viet. Also, standing at the tower, you can admire the whole view Do Son beach with endless ocean and white sand, as well as villages with the simple life of the local people here, which will give you a peaceful feeling.
- Location: Ngoc Xuyen Ward, Do Son District
3. Voi Mountain – Nui Voi
Elephant Mountain is about 20 km from the center of Hai Phong city to the southwest. It is the highest mountain in the north of Kien An, lying on the bank of the Lach Tray River. Elephant Mount has many beautiful caves: Ca Voi Cave, Chieng Cave, Ca Gia Cave, Nam Cave, Nam Tao Cave, Bac Dau Cave. In the caves, there are many stalactites, stalagmites with strange shapes such as dragon, tiger, elephant head … On the top of Mount Voi there is a relatively flat ground called the realms of the world. Also, there are a lot of pagodas and monuments of the Mac Dynasty built in the 16th century.
- Location: An Lao town
4. Dau Island – Hon Dau
Dau Island belongs to Do Son Beach, Hai Phong. Most parts of the island still remain the primary state. On the island, there is a temple of Nam Hai Dai Vuong, a lighthouse and some other monuments. The beacon in Hon Dau is very famous, which is like the ‘eye’ of Hai Phong, built in 1892 with French architecture. Standing at the lighthouse, visitors have the opportunity to admire the whole island and the vast oceans. Additionally, after visiting temple, lighthouse or wandering in the vast primeval forest, visitors can have a cruise on the golden sand beach, have fun with the cool harmonic wave. The endless sea, as well as spectacular wild mountain scenes, will swept away all your sorrow and tired, give you a peace in the soul.
- Location: Do Son District, Hai Phong
Founded in 1975, the museum has a total area of 16,000 meters square, with a lively and vibrant display of various historical articles, relics from the war years. This is a historical and cultural center of the navy army and Hai Phong city, a place for studying history as well as a tourist attraction for visitors.
- Opening Hours: from 8 AM – 11 AM on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
- Location: 353 Street, Anh Dung Commune, Kien Thuy District
- Phone: +84 313 814788
V. WHERE TO STAY IN HAI PHONG
Here are some reliable and favorite hotels in Hai Phong we would like to give you so that you can choose the most suitable place to stay while traveling to Hai Phong.
1. Pearl River Hotel – A luxurious place for tourists
The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Hai Phong Opera House and Vincom Plaza Hai Phong. It takes 30 minutes to drive to Do Son Beach and 15 minutes to Cat Bi International Airport. All spacious rooms at the hotel have cozy furnishings, air conditioner, satellite TV, mini-fridge. Moreover, private bathrooms come with a shower, hairdryer and toiletries. 24-hour room service is also provided. Also, the hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool and bar for tourists as well.
- Address: 368 Lach Tray, Dang Giang Ward, Ngo Quyen District
- Phone: +84 2253 880 888
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Price: VND 2,500,000 – VND 5,900,000
2. AVANI Hai Phong Harbour View Hotel – Excellent service and charming design
This 4-star hotel has reputation for its charming architecture and various services. From the hotel, it only takes you a short walk to the main town. Additionally, there is a swimming pool, a bar with excellent drinks, as well as free parking. All the rooms are well furnished with TV, wifi, large bathroom and coffee machine. What is more, staff are very well trained and helpful.
- Address: 12 Tran Phu Street, May To Ward, Ngo Quyen District
- Phone: +84 225 382 7827
- Email: email@example.com
- Price: VND 2,200,000 – VND 4,000,000
3. Cozi Hotel – A modern hotel with a cozy atmosphere
This modern hotel offers very clean rooms with large bathroom, comfortable bed and soft sheets, brand new flat screen tv, fast wifi, and great customer services. The receptionist can speak English and suggest some quality restaurants for dinner. Also, the hotel provides rental motorbike service. Best of all, it very affordable.
- Address: 83 Nguyen Trai Street, May To Ward, Ngo Quyen District
- Phone: +84 225 3550 233
- Email: Cozihotel83@gmail.com
- Price: From VND 500,000
- Website: cozihotel.com
4. Lac Long Hotel – A full-service hotel in the city center
Lac Long Hotel Hai Phong offers sauna facilities, a fitness center and elegant, modern rooms with free Wi-Fi throughout the property. It features a 24-hour reception and business/function facilities. What is more, the air-conditioned rooms are fitted with wooden flooring, wardrobe, cable TV. An electric kettle and minibar are also provided. Private bathrooms have shower facilities, bathtubs, slippers, and toilet.
- Address: 83 Bach Dang Street, Hong Bang District
- Phone: +84 225 3 842 605
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Price: VND 850,000 – VND 1,800,000
5. F&F Hotel – A place for everyone
Located in Hai Phong, F&F Hotel Hai Phong offers rooms with air conditioner and free Wifi. It offers a free shuttle service to Cat Bi International Airport, a 10-minute drive away. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Moreover, some rooms have balconies with views of the city. Each room has a private bathroom with modern hot shower facilities, slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer for guests’ comfort.
- Address: 26/15b Le Hong Phong Street, Dang Lam Ward, Hai An District
- Phone: +84 225 3619 625
- Price: VND 550,000 – VND 1,050,000
6. Hoang Tuyet Guesthouse Hai Phong – Comfortable but economical place
Each modern room is furnished with a wardrobe, a fridge and a flat-screen TV. Rooms also come with private bathrooms with showers, free toiletries and hairdryer. Also, laundry services can be provided upon request. Cat Bi International Airport is 5 km away from the hotel.
- Address: 19/ 70 Lach Tray Street, Ngo Quyen District
- Phone: +84 91 324 69 14
- Price: VND 350,000 – VND 450,000
VI. WHAT TO EAT IN HAI PHONG
Not only is Hai Phong famous for its attractive scenes and destinations but the cuisine in Hai Phong is also very appealing and delicious. So, let’s join in Hai Phong food tour with us!
1. Nem Cua Be – Fried crab spring roll
It’s such a regretful thing if you forget to enjoy fried crab spring rolls made of fresh sea-crabs when you come to Hai Phong. What is more, unlike typical Vietnam spring roll, the ingredients of this dish are sea-crab, minced pork, egg, mushroom, onion and vermicelli. The crispness of the rice paper but soft and sweet inside would make you want more. Additionally, Nem Cua Be is served with fish sauce adding sugar, lemon and chilly.
Address: 88 Tran Nhat Duat street
Price: VND 35,000 – VND 70,000
2. Banh my cay – Spicy stick sandwich
Another famous dish in Hai Phong is Banh my cay. This is a kind of local sandwich with pate, spicy chilly sauce, and some meat. What makes this dish special is the size of the bread: thin and long, which makes the sandwich crispy when you bite. It is an interesting dish to try.
- Ba Gia – 57 Le Loi Street
- Khanh Nap 192 Hang Kenh Street
Price: VND 2,000 – VND 5,000
3. Banh da cua – Crab brown rice noodle
This is a very beloved and special dish in Hai Phong, when the rice noodle is quite different from the one we usually see and eat – it has a brown color, and thicker. A bowl of Banh da cua includes brown rice noodle, shrimp, fish ball, fried onion and some vegetables. Thus, it is a perfect combination as you can enjoy both seafoods as well as the soft noodle and slightly sweet broth.
Address: 148 Hang Kenh street
Price: Around VND 25,000
4. Thach gang – Glass jelly
Thach Gang will be a perfect choice for you in the summer in Hai Phong. It is made from the indigo berry, a special kind of herb which brings the freshness. Enjoying a glass of this jelly in hot summer is all you need.
Address: Cat Bi and Co Dao markets
Price: VND 10,000
VII. What to buy in Hai Phong
1. Dried and fresh seafood
As a sea city, Hai Phong has various kinds of seafood. Therefore, it is the best choice for you to buy as a gift for your friend and family. If you’re afraid that the seafood is no longer fresh because of long-distance traveling, you can choose to buy dried seafood, which has been cleaned and dried under the sunshine. Also, it is a very attractive food with special taste and you can serve it as a snack.
You can easily find a souvenir shop along the streets in Hai Phong. There are many little things you can buy as a gift, such as handmade earrings, bracelet, or some ceramic products… most of them are made by the locals. So, why don’t we get one to remind us of this beautiful city?
Some markets and shopping centers in Hai Phong
- Sat Market, Quang Trung Quarter, Hong Bang District
- An Duong Market, Ton Duc Thang Quarter, Le Chan District
- Tam Bac Market, Phan Boi Chau Quarter, Hong Bang District
- Minh Khai Supermarket, 23 Minh Khai Street, Hong Bang District
- Big C Supermarket, Le Hong Phong Street, Ngo Quyen District
- Parkson TD Plaza, Le Hong Phong Street, Ngo Quyen District
- METRO Supermarket, A2 So Dau Ward, Hong Bang District
VIII. Things to do in Hai Phong
1. Visit streets in by bicycle
It is a unique way to explore the city, when you cycle around the street of the city, from some streets called “Western Street” like Minh Khai, Hoang Van Thu, Le Dai Hanh to Hai Phong Opera House Theatre, and Hai Phong Cathedral. Leisurely go through small streets of Hai Phong, take some photos and then stop for a cup of coffee in a cafe, you can truly feel the peace of life.
2. Visit a coffee shop in Hai Phong at night
What can be better than having a cup of coffee, talking with your friends and calmly watch the lively and poetic scene of the city by night? Fortunately, the city has some unique and well-known coffee shops that you may want to visit:
- Cafe Ngoc: 229 Alley, Ngo Gia Tu Street, An Hai District
- Cafe Bar DJ Music: 127 To Hieu Street, Le Chan District
- E Coffee: 38 Vo Thi Sau Street, Ngo Quyen District
- Catfe Cafe: 78 Dan Lap, Le Chan District
3. Visit Tam Bac Lake in the afternoon
You should take a walk around the Tam Bac lake in the afternoon to be able to mix into the lives of the people here. Tam Bac is not a big lake, but it gives us a panoramic view of all generations of the people of the city. This place is where old people gather together to play chess, middle-aged the sister to exercise, the children come back home after school …Also, in the summer, the flamboyant trees bloom around the lake with glowing red color, which would be an unforgettable scene for tourists.
4. Enjoy the sunset on Binh Bridge
Binh Bridge is a beautiful and modern 1.3 km bridge linking the city center with Thuy Nguyen district. This bridge, with a height of 25m, crosses Cam River, has become an ideal place for travelers who love photography. Additionally, standing at the highest point on the bridge, on beautiful days, visitors can see the panoramic view of Thuy Nguyen district. In the afternoon, the bright red sun shining down the Cam river will make you want to capture a desirable frame.
IX. Some tips for traveling to Hai Phong
- Keep in mind that Hai Phong may be a safe city, but you should not go out too late in the evening.
- You should stay in reliable and famous hotels in the center of the city in order not to be overcharged.
- If you go in the summer, should book train or shuttle bus tickets, before traveling to avoid the “out of ticket” situation.
- During the high season of sea tourism, prices of services will increase. Therefore, to avoid being overcharged, you should ask the price and bargain before buying.
Hai Phong is a tourist destination which cannot be missed when traveling to Vietnam. The above is the complete Hai Phong travel guidebook we share with you. Besides the above things, there are a lot of wonderful charms of Hai Phong are waiting for your exploration. Wish that you will have an interesting and memorable trip in Hai Phong!