Free Quick Guide to Hai Phong

Free Quick Guide to Hai Phong 2024 for first time tourists

Quick Guide to Hai Phong is a comprehensive article by Phuong, Hai Phong Tours, about experiences and real feelings. This Quick Guide will help tourists understand quickly about the city, grasp essential information for visiting Hai Phong such as: is Hai Phong worth visiting, what to do in Hai Phong city, what is Hai Phong famous for, Hai Phong nightlife, best restaurants in Hai Phong, what to eat in Hai Phong, where to stay in Hai Phong, means of transportation.

Is Hai Phong worth visiting?

Here is the crucial question that determines whether you should continue reading this Quick Guide to Hai Phong. Hai Phong is bustling port city, the third largest in the country, 1,522 km², a population of 2.029 million people (2019). Hai Phong boasts magnificent natural landscapes recognized by UNESCO as world natural heritage sites, a rich and diverse ecosystem, pristine beaches, historical and cultural relics, and a rich culinary tradition.

So, is Hai Phong worth visiting? check this Quick Guide to Hai Phong now!

What to do in Hai Phong city? What is Hai Phong famous for?

Natural landscapes

1. Lan Ha bay

Lan Ha Bay is a small bay located to the south of Ha Long Bay and east of Cat Ba Island, in Hai Phong. This bay is renowned for its stunning natural scenery, comprising over 400 islands of various sizes and shapes, pristine beaches (Ba Trai Dao), and captivating caves (Bright & Dark cave). Compared to Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay is quieter, less touristy, and offers a peaceful, close-to-nature experience. Lan Ha is the highlight of this Quick Guide to Hai Phong.

Visit Lan Ha Bay if you enjoy activities such as swimming, water jumping, and kayaking in a less touristy environment.

Check out: Lan Ha Bay Tours

2. Cat Ba island

Cat Ba Island is the largest island in the Cat Ba archipelago and is part of the Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay complex, the second highlight in this Quick Guide to Hai Phong. Cat Ba tourism attracts visitors with its stunning natural landscapes, including pristine white sandy beaches, majestic limestone mountains, and the rich ecosystem of Cat Ba National Park.

When visiting Cat Ba, tourists can explore:

Check out: Lan Ha bay day tour
Transfer: Hai Phong to Cat Ba

3. Do Son beach

Continue the Quick Guide to Hai Phong with Do Son beach, is divided into three areas. Area 2 is longest, has the strongest waves, with free swimming. Area 1 has many reefs and is smaller. Area 3 is more developed, sell ticket. The waves here are smaller, and the area is also smaller, making it suitable for families with children.

4. Dragon Hill Do Son

  • Mythological Park: the battle between Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh in Vietnamese folklore is vividly recreated
  • Dragon Ocean Beach: An artificial beach with a modern water filtration system, no wave

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/S3ZdnEDQQTjBkrt2A

5. Hon Dau Zoo

This is a suitable place for families with young children who want to observe wild animals such as tigers, bears, camels, ostriches, giraffes, monkeys, antelopes, peacocks, miniature horses, goats, and more.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/5CqGuiks6Uh3Fdgs5

6. Hon Dau island

You need to travel by boat to reach the Hon Dau island (10 minutes). Here, you’ll find an old French-built lighthouse, a temple dedicated to the Sea God, a forest of red cottonwood trees, and you can enjoy the sound of strong waves and the fresh, pure air.

7. Elephant mountain

Elephant mountain is a hiking destination in a rural village of Hai Phong, completely unfamiliar to foreign tourists. You will hike through mountains, visit Gia Vi Cave, Hong Voi Cave, and the ancient Long Hoa Pagoda, Linh Son pagoda. You can climb Elephant’s Back to view the entire countryside, meandering rivers, rice fields, and watch the sunset.

Hai Phong city tour

Historical and cultural relics

Hai Phong Museum

Established in a historic French colonial building, the museum houses a diverse collection of artifacts, including prehistoric relics, historical documents, traditional costumes, and local handicrafts. Visitors can explore exhibits dedicated to Hai Phong’s revolutionary history, maritime heritage, and the various ethnic groups that contribute to the city’s cultural mosaic.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/jP7zP8yA75eQMYTdA
Address: 66 Điện Biên Phủ, Minh Khai, Hồng Bàng, Hải Phòng
Opening time: Morning: Tue – Sun: 8:00 – 10:30 // Afternoon: Tue – Fri: 14:00 16:30
Learn more: Hai Phong Museum

Du Hang Pagoda

Du Hang Pagoda, originating from the Early Lê dynasty (980-1009), is an ancient temple built in the ancient Đinh-style architecture. Today, its original architectural style has been preserved intact, making it of significant historical value.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/PdE3K4XovDx4Yn358
Address: 121 P. Dư Hàng, Dư Hàng, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng
Learn more: Du Hang Pagoda

Le Chan statue

General Le Chan is considered a symbol of courage and fighting spirit of Vietnamese women. The statue stands approximately 8 meters tall, depicting her in elegant attire, wielding a sword, symbolizing strength and determination. She is also the only female general in Vietnamese history.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/GiWSzADaqtUULBh27

Bao Dai King Villa

The Bao Dai King Villa in Do Son, Hai Phong was reconstructed based on the original villa. This is the only one in the North. Villa was built by Pasquier, the Resident Superior of French Indochina, in 1928 as a vacation retreat. In 1949, Pasquier presented the villa to King Bao Dai, and from then on, the villa was known as the Bao Dai Villa.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/2BpxfxiGP3GqAcRg7
Learn more: Bao Dai King Villa

Ba De temple

This is a famous sacred temple known for praying for children and seeking justice. The temple has a very beautiful rock area, perfect for enjoying the scenery.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/4TnsBTYmCttih1J3A
Learn more: Ba De temple

Tuong Long tower

Built during the Ly Dynasty, Tuong Long Tower features distinctive architecture from this period with 9 floors, each adorned with intricate carvings. The tower is situated on the top of Ngoc Son Mountain, from where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful Do Son coastline.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ordc2oRCqWKcX1r58
Learn more: Tuong Long tower

K15

K15, also known as Pier H or the Numberless Pier, Ho Chi Minh trail on the sea. Over a period of 10 years (1962-1972), from Pier K15 in Đồ Sơn, there were hundreds of numberless ship successfully transporting 18,741 officers, soldiers, and 150,000 tons of weapons and goods.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/BsrChKq21E1vZbRQ6

Cao Linh pagoda

Cao Linh Pagoda was built during the Le Dynasty and has undergone many renovations. The pagoda features traditional architecture with intricate carvings and a spacious, airy environment. It regularly hosts festivals and religious activities, attracting many Buddhists and visitors from all over to visit and worship.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/B2VcGwNUmYie6EwN8
Learn more: Cao Linh pagoda

Cao Quy Stake Yard

Cao Quy Stake Yard is an important historical site located in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong. It is part of the famous Bach Dang battlefield, where decisive naval battles took place in Vietnamese history. At Cao Quy Stake Yard, many large wooden stakes were found driven into the riverbed to repel invaders.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/KxhTeFXF7sMa3We36
Learn more: Cao Quy Stake Yard

Bach Dang Giang Stake Yard

Bach Dang Giang Stake Yard is a famous historical site in Hai Phong City, Vietnam. Located by the Bach Dang River, this stake yard is associated with the resounding historical victories of the Vietnamese army and people against the Mongol invaders in the 13th century. The site consists of many large wooden stakes driven into the riverbed to create obstacles to block enemy boats.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/LUNWQXmVqVMDjqrQ7
Learn more: Trang Kenh Complex

Hai Phong nightlife

It wouldn’t be fair to say that Hai Phong is a bustling city at night. However, if you’re into food, dancing, and gaming, check out this article.

Hai Phong nightlife: What to do in Hai Phong at night

Getting around from Hai Phong

From Hai Phong center, you may get to:

What to eat in Hai Phong?

Here are the list local people use daily by time. The ones in this Quick Guide to Hai Phong are local vendors, not fine dining.

Breakfast

  • Crab Noodles (Bánh đa cua): 179 Cầu Đất // 143/46 Lạch Tray
  • Spicy Vermicelli Noodles (Bún Cá Cay): 49 Lạch Tray // 66 Lê Lợi  // 227 Văn Cao
  • Snail Vermicelli Noodle (Bún Ốc): Alley 17, Hai Bà Trưng st.
  • Sticky Rice with Pork (Xôi Thịt): 125 Hàng Kênh // 2 Ký Con // 79 Hai Bà Trưng // 28A Cầu Đất // 450 Tô Hiệu

Then, try light meals

  • Caramel Tofu (Tàu hũ caramen): 225B Ly Thuong Kiet (7am-7pm) // 17 Me Linh (9am-10pm)
  • Lemon tea (Trà chanh): 137 Hai Ba Trung (8am-10pm)
  • Coconut smoothie (Dừa dầm):  Aunt Tuyen’s stall, 100/124 Lach Tray (8am-9pm)

Lunch

  • Spicy Noodles (Mỳ cay): 12 Lach Tray (8am-11pm)
  • Clear tapioca cakes, sizzling cakes, rolled Pho (Bánh bột lọc, bánh xèo, phở cuốn ): Co Dao Market (8am-7pm)
  • Grilled beef (Bò nướng): 243 Lach Tray (10am-11pm)
  • Grilled pork with vermicelli (Bún chả quạt): 139 Nguyễn Bình st. (10am-2pm / 5pm-9pm)
  • Steamed rice: 237 Lach Tray (10:30am-1:30pm) // 68/201 Lach Tray (10am-12:30pm), available Monday to Friday

Then, try light meals

  • Sweet potato porridge (cháo khoái): 213 Đình Đông(15-17:00)
  • Tofu dessert (tàu hũ): 19 Nguyễn Đức Cảnh (9-23:00)
  • Tamarind tea, mango tea (trà tắc, trà xoài): 132 Chùa Hàng (8-21:00)
  • Steamed rice cakes (bánh bèo): 294 Lạch Tray (10-18:00)
  • Coconut coffee (cafe cốt dừa): 102 Lam Sơn(13:30-18:00)
  • Dried beef salad, roasted quail (nộm bò khô, chim quay): 24 Phạm Hồng Thái (15-18:00)
  • Spicy bread, Thai dessert soup (cánh mỳ cay, chè thái): 37 Đinh Tiên Hoàng (7-22:00)
  • Sweet soup, Chinese steamed cakes (chè, bánh đúc tàu): 186 Hai Bà Trưng (9-17:00)
  • Thai dessert soup (chè Thái): 269 Hàng kênh (14-17:00)

Dinner

  • Mixed vermicelli and Chinese sausage cakes (Miến trộn, bánh đa xá xíu): 173 Hang Kenh (5pm-11pm)
  • Grilled beef (Bò nướng): 200 Lê lợi (17- midnight)
  • Beef Pho (phở bò): 221 Hai Bà Trưng (17-22:00)
  • Mixed vermicelli (miến trộn): 34 Hàng kênh (16-23:00)
  • Crab noodle soup (Bánh đa cua): 48 Lạch Tray (16-23:00)
  • River crab hotpot (lẩu cua đồng): 22 Dư Hàng (10-23:00)
  • Fried spring rolls (nem rán): 64 Chu Văn An (16-23:00)
  • Where to stay in Hai Phong?

Local Markets for foods

Means of transportation

Transportation is important in every trip. Check out the list in this Quick Guide to Hai Phong

Train

The Hai Phong railway station has a long history dating back to the early 20th century, reflecting French colonial architecture combined with Vietnamese cultural elements. From Hai Phong to Hanoi by train, it takes 2 hour apx.

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/bhumR8zJx742ZQu28
Address: 75 Lương Khánh Thiện, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng

Airplane

Hai Phong has international airport (Cat Bi) with domestic and international flights:

Domestic flights:

  • Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Tan Son Nhat International Airport)
  • Da Nang (Da Nang International Airport)
  • Can Tho (Can Tho International Airport)
  • Phu Quoc (Phu Quoc International Airport)
  • Buon Ma Thuot (Buon Ma Thuot Airport)
  • Nha Trang (Cam Ranh International Airport)
  • Hue (Phu Bai International Airport)
  • Vinh (Vinh International Airport)

International flights:

  • Bangkok, Thailand (Suvarnabhumi Airport)
  • Seoul, South Korea (Incheon International Airport)
  • Taipei, Taiwan (Taoyuan International Airport)
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong International Airport)
  • Guangzhou, China (Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport)
  • Singapore (Changi Airport)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)

Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/wuLny42tS6xFdVh46
Phone: 02253976408

Taxi, Private transfer

There are many taxi companies in city but no English. So Phuong recommends the private transfer service operated by Hai Phong Tours: From Hai Phong When you book private transfer service with Hai Phong Tours, we will connect with you via Zalo, Whatsapp, Kakao Talk, iMessage realtime to make sure all is under control, loss and found support.

Book private transfer: Whatsapp: +84975200357

Best restaurants in Hai Phong

Restaurant is important in this Quick Guide to Hai Phong. And here is the list.

Pizza

Western foods

  • Texas BBQ: 27 Minh Khai // 111C Văn Cao
  • Bonne Vie Steak House: 64 Điện Biên Phủ
  • Texgrill Buffet Restaurant: 107 Điện Biên Phủ, Hải Phòng
  • TexRock – Steak House: 178 Văn Cao
  • F. Beer Club: 2 Minh Khai
  • Bull Steak House: 267 Nguyễn Công Hòa

Indian foods

  • Ganesh Hai Phong: 130 Văn Cao // +84937322721
  • Indian Kitchen Hai Phong: 22d Minh Khai // +842253842558

Best Indian food restaurant in Hai Phong city

Seafoods

  • HP3 Seafood: Floor 2, Taiyo building, 97 Bạch Đằng
  • Ốc Ba Tàu: 210 Lê Lợi
  • Talata Seafood Restaurant: 20 Minh Khai
  • Thuyền Hải Sản: 120 Lạch Tray
  • Vũ Lập: Số 7 Đường Ngô Quyền
  • Thiên Hồng Phát: Lô 2B/Số 5 đường Lê Hồng Phong
  • Bán Đảo Lôi Châu: Số 2, Lô 28A, Đường Lê Hồng Phong

Vegetarian Restaurants in Hai Phong

  • Bảo Linh Vegetarian Restaurant: Đường bao quanh hồ An Biên, Đằng Giang, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng
  • Thiện Duyên Vegetarian Restaurant: BH 04-16, Manhattan 11 – Vinhome Imperia, Thượng Lý, Hồng Bàng, Hải Phòng
  • Cát Tường Vegetarian Restaurant: 154 Cao Thắng, Hạ Lý, Hồng Bàng, Hải Phòng
  • Mahamaya Vegetarian: 2/4 Phù Đổng, Minh Khai, Hồng Bàng, Hải Phòng
  • Từ Tâm Vegetarian Restaurant: Số 5 đường Miếu Hai Xã, Dư Hàng, quận Lê Chân, Hải Phòng
  • Trường Thọ Vegetarian Restaurant: 56 Tô Hiệu, Cầu Đất, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng
  • Tuổi Ngọc Vegetarian Restaurant: 436 Tô Hiệu, Hồ Nam, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng.
  • Quán Âm – Từ Quang Vegetarian Restaurant: Số 496 Chợ Hàng, Dư Hàng Kênh, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng.
  • Hương Sen Vegetarian Restaurant: 82 Cát Cụt, An Biên, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng.
  • Âu Lạc Vegetarian Restaurant: 107 Trần Nguyên Hãn, Lê Chân, Hải Phòng
  • Loving Hut Vegetarian Restaurant: 108 Trần Nguyên Hãn, quận Lê Chân, Hải Phòng // 184B đường Đà Nẵng, Lạc Viên, Ngô Quyền, Hải Phòng
  • Hoa Đạo Vegetarian Restaurant: 225 Nguyễn Đức Cảnh, quận Lê Chân, Hải Phòng.

Conclusion: Quick Guide to Hai Phong

Above is Quick Guide to Hai Phong that Hai Phong Tours would like to share with you to make your stay in Hai Phong more memorable. Please feel free to leave comment to ask if you need any further information. Thanks for your time!

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