How many kilometers is it from Hai Phong to Yen Tu? How do you get to Yen Tu by car? Or how many kilometers is it from Cat Bi Airport to Yen Tu? These are all common questions that Hai Phong Tours has recently received! And to make it more convenient and faster for you to find information, Hai Phong Tours would like to share all the necessary information and special things to note when traveling to Yen Tu. Let’s follow along!
Some information about Yen Tu
Yen Tu (Chinese: 安子山, Yen Tu mountain) is a mountain range that stretches across three provinces in Vietnam: Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, and Hai Duong. It is also the name of the highest peak in the range. This mountain range is closely associated with the Tran dynasty in Vietnamese history as well as with the Truc Lam Zen sect.
The Yen Tu range belongs to the Dong Trieu mountain range, one of the four main mountain ranges in the Northeast region of Vietnam. The terrain of the range gradually decreases from east to west, with an average height of over 600 meters above sea level. The highest point is the peak of Yen Tu at 1,068 meters, while the lowest point is in the area of Con Son – Kiep Bac (200-238 meters), near Luc Dau river.
The southern slopes of Yen Tu, also known as the Dong Yen Tu range, mainly belong to Quang Ninh province, with a small portion in Hai Duong province. The northern slopes, also known as the Tay Yen Tu range, are located in Bac Giang province. Throughout history, Yen Tu has always been one of the country’s Buddhist centers, associated with many ancient architectures built during different historical periods (Ly, Tran, Le, Nguyen).
In 1294, after King Tran Nhan Tong abdicated the throne to his son, Tran Thuyen (King Tran Anh Tong), and became the Thai Thuong Hoang, he left the royal palace and became a Buddhist monk at Vu Lam palace in Ninh Binh. In 1299, he came to Yen Tu, took the title of Hương Vân Đại Đầu Đà or Trúc Lâm Đại Đầu Đà, and attracted many disciples. Here, he built a system of pagodas, temples, towers, and founded the Truc Lam Zen sect, a Buddhist meditation tradition with Vietnamese cultural characteristics that still exists today.
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How far from Hai Phong to Yen Tu? How to get to?
The distance from Hai Phong to Yen Tu ranges from about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car or other transportation options. From the city center of Hai Phong, you can cross the Binh bridge and head towards the mountain town of Deo, Thuy Nguyen. Then, continue straight on Highway 10 to reach Yen Tu. Alternatively, you can also travel from Cat Bi Airport to Yen Tu, which also takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car or other transportation options.
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You can travel to Yen Tu from Hai Phong by motorbike or bus. If you take the bus, you can buy tickets at Vinh Niem bus station. However, with a distance of approximately 42km and a travel time of over 1 hour, the cost of renting a tourist car is not high either.
Hai Phong to Yen Tu car transfer price
Hai Phong to Yen Tu car transfer prices as following:
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Hai Phong to Yen Tu day tour schedule
7-8:00am: Depart from Hai Phong to Yen Tu (if visiting during festival season, it’s recommended to depart early to avoid traffic congestion and long waits for the cable car).
8:00am: Visit Trinh temple before entering the Yen Tu scenic area.
9:00am: Begin exploring the foot of Yen Tu mountain by parking your vehicle and purchasing a ticket to enter the site (parking fees are uniform throughout the area, without price-gouging). Admission fee is 40,000 VND per person.
9:30am-2:00pm: Hike up Yen Tu mountain with the following itinerary: Truc Lam Zen Monastery – Giai Oan Stream – Giai Oan Pagoda – Lo Ren Temple – Pine Tree Path – Hue Quang Tower – Hoa Yen Pagoda – Mot Mai Pagoda – Bamboo Forest – Bao Sai Pagoda – Van Tieu Pagoda – Tower of Expectation and Wish-Fulfilling – Statue of An Ky Sinh and Statue of King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong – Dong Pagoda.
In addition to hiking, visitors can choose to take the Yen Tu cable car with two routes: Giai Oan Pagoda – Hoa Yen Pagoda, and Mot Mai Pagoda – near the An Ky Sinh Statue and King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong Statue.
Cable car fares are as follows:
- One-way ticket for one route: 150,000 VND per person
- Round-trip ticket for one route: 250,000 VND per person
- Round-trip ticket for both routes: 300,000 VND per person
- There is also a cable car from the An Ky Sinh Statue area to Dong Pagoda, with a fare of 60,000 VND per person.
Note that a round-trip cable car ticket for both routes will save money, but visitors will not be able to visit some destinations such as the Tower of Ancestors, Van Tieu Pagoda, and the 700-year-old Pine Tree Path. It is recommended to use the cable car to go up and hike down to visit all attractions.
3:00pm: Descend Yen Tu mountain and return to Hai Phong, ending the trip.
Things to note for tourists from Hai Phong to Yen Tu
- Clothing: When visiting temples, besides choosing appropriate and modest attire, when climbing Yen Tu Mountain, tourists should wear breathable and comfortable clothing because the 6km hike can be quite challenging. During spring, bring a warm jacket as the weather can be cold.
- Hiking gear: Based on the experiences of many people who have climbed Yen Tu Mountain, it is advisable to purchase a walking stick to support the climb and make it easier. Additionally, on the first few days of the year, it is recommended to bring a hat and a disposable raincoat as the weather can be cold and damp with fog.
- Footwear: Tourists should choose sturdy and durable shoes such as hiking or sports shoes when climbing Yen Tu Mountain. Avoid wearing soft or flip-flops shoes as they may easily break or become damaged on the way. High heels should be avoided at all costs.
- Food and drinks: If tourists want to save money and be proactive, they should prepare their own food and drinks for lunch before heading to the mountain. There are shops and restaurants on Yen Tu Mountain, but prices can be quite expensive.
- Backpack: Tourists should bring a backpack or crossbody bag to carry necessary items and wear it in front to avoid pickpockets.
- Offering items: When preparing to visit Yen Tu Temple, prepare offering items such as vegetarian food, sweet offerings such as cakes and fruits, and sticky rice. Avoid bringing salty offerings and gold coins as they are not appropriate for Yen Tu Temple.
- Money: Bring cash for the trip and sufficient funds for expected expenses, but avoid carrying too much money. If planning to take the cable car and Yen Tu electric train, bring an additional 400,000 VND.
- Group size: It is recommended to travel in groups of 4 to 6 people to encourage each other and support one another on the long and challenging climb. Without strong determination, it is easy to give up halfway.
Final thought: Haiphong to Yen Tu
In conclusion, the above information on visiting Yen Tu from Hai Phong includes transportation, important notes, and a one-day tour itinerary. We hope this article will be helpful to you!