A floating village near Cat Ba Island
A floating village near Cat Ba Island

Hai Phong Travel Guide

Hai Phong is the third biggest city in Vietnam, after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The city is 110km south-east of Hanoi. Hai Phong is bordered to the north by Quang Ninh Province, to the east by Hai Duong Province, to the south by Thai Binh Province and to the East by the East Sea of Vietnam.

AdventureGreen operates back-road biking tours through the peaceful countryside of Hai Phong. On these tours, we'll follow off-the-beaten paths discovering village life and take in the idyllic countryside. Low keys these destinations may be, but you'll surely get beautiful photos of these amazing areas. Our bike tours can also be extended to cover Thai Binh and Nam Dinh Provinces…

AdventureGreen also arranges relaxing holidays to Do Son Beach and Cat Ba Island, biking and hiking trips on Cat Ba Island, trekking adventures in the national park of Cat Ba.

A turquoise water lake at Thuy Nguyen, a great photogenic site
A turquoise water lake at Thuy Nguyen, a great photogenic site

Adventure Travel, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions In Hai Phong
Hai Phong tourist attractions include the National Park of Cat Ba (which shares some heavenly landscape with Halong Bay of Quang Ninh Province); Do Son Beach; Du Hang Buddhist Pagoda and Hang Kenh Community House... Besides, Hai Phong possesses amazing countryside with idyllic villages and swaying areca palm trees which provides wonderful cycling experiences.

Except for Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong is not visited frequently by the foreign travellers. Do Son Beach is only popular for Vietnamese tourists. Most other areas of Hai Phong don't have tourists frequently.

Fishing Village near Cat Ba Island
Fishing Village near Cat Ba Island

1/ Cat Ba Island and Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba Island located to the south of Halong Bay is 1 hour by boat from Hai Phong City. Alternatively you can get to the island by road and via the longest sea bridge in Vietnam Tan Vu – Lach Huyen; the distance between Cat Ba Town and Hai Phong City via this road is 50km with a ferry crossing (Got Ferry).

Fishing Village near Cat Ba Island
Fishing Village near Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island has much to offer to the adventure travelers: Cat Ba National Park is a good place for hiking. You can take the short route for 1-2 hours to the Ma Yen Mountain top for panoramic views of the island and the surrounding, or you can take the long route for a day through dense forest to Viet Hai Fishing Village. With the long route, you would have to come back the same way or travel back to Cat Ba Town by boat.

2/ Lan Ha Bay is a little sea bay to the southeast of Cat Ba Island. Halong Bay is as magnificent as Halong Bay with several wonderful islands jutting out of the emerald sea water. Lan Ha Bay is the best place for kayaking; the islands on the Lan Ha Bay are more densely located than those on Halong Bay. Alternatively you can have a day boat trip to visit the bay. Travelers with deeper wallet can have luxury boat cruise on Lan Ha Bay for 2-3 days. There are deserted beaches on Lan Ha Bay that you can go camping.

3/ Countryside of Thuy Nguyen
The area has several lovely villages with swaying areca palm trees amid limestone mountains. The countryside is great for country back road cycling experiences. You’ll be in a breathtaking natural landscape having close communion with villagers.

The countryside at Thuy Nguyen, Hai Phong
The countryside at Thuy Nguyen, Hai Phong

 

Scenic mountain on our cycling route at Thuy Nguyen
Scenic mountain on our cycling route at Thuy Nguyen

 

A village road at Thuy Nguyen
A village road at Thuy Nguyen

There is a lake at Thuy Nguyen with turquoise blue water which is surrounded by limestone mountains. You’ll surely have wonderful photography at this amazing natural studio.

 

 

The lake is a wonderful natural studio for great photography
The lake is a wonderful natural studio for great photography

4/ Do Son Beach
Do Son is crowded in the summer with Vietnamese tourist while it is empty in the winter. There are lovely pine hills and deserted beaches to yourselves. There are also luxury hotels, golf course and a casino at Do Son in case you have the interests.

5/ Hai Phong City
Hai Phong could be a nice city for some travelers. The French architecture, leafy streets, sidewalk cafes, buzzing nigh life, street markets...to name a few. You love trying street food, Hai Phong is also a good place to try different sizzling street cuisine.

Hotels
There are luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants in the City of Hai Phong, in Do Son Beach and on Cat Ba Island. While in the countryside, there are opportunities staying with local families.

How to get to Hai Phong

By air: There are daily flights between Hai Phong Cat Bi Airport and other cities in Vietnam.

By rail: There are daily commuter trains between Hanoi and Hai Phong. The train journeys take 2 hours each.

By road: Route 5 and the new Route 5 linking Hanoi and Hai Phong are in good condition, the latter is excellent which shorten the journey between Hanoi and Hai Phong to 1 hour only. Alternatively, you can access Hai Phong from Quang Ninh (Halong Bay) and Thai Binh via Route 10 which is in great condition nowadays.