Hai Phong

Hai Phong

Location: in the Red River Delta, 105km from Hanoi, near Quang Ninh Province to the north, Hai Duong Province to the west, and Thai Binh Province to the south.

Access: 2 hours by plane from and to Ho Chi Minh City, departed from Cat Bi Airport. 2 and a half hours by car or by train from Hanoi. Daily ferries to Cat Ba Island. Hydrofoil boats between Hai Phong – Cat Ba and Hai Phong – Hon Gai. High speed air-conditioned Thong Nhat Boat daily between Hai Phong – Cat Ba.

Main attractions: Hai Phong sea port, the first and unique foreign joint-venture casino at Do Son, 300-year-old Du Hang pagoda, Hang Kenh communal house, Cat Ba Island and Cat Ba National Park.


Hai Phong is used to be well-known as the primary seaport of the country’s northern region for at least several centuries, and one of Vietnam's principal trading centres. Nowadays, the city has also gradually gained great tourism achievements with its variety of historical sites, temples, pagodas, mausoleums, and shrines, all proof of a rich traditional community.

Apart from the well-known Do Son sea beach, where the unique bull-fighting festival is held annually, Hai Phong is also endowed with other attractive natural tourist sites such as the Cat Ba groups of islands adjoining the famous Ha Long Bay, the famous historical Bach Dang River where the heroic nation defense from three Chinese feudal invasions took place with splendid victory. The impressive relics of those battles are a huge number of teakwood pointed spikes discovered under the river water.

The two most typical historical and cultural attractions are Hang Kenh Communal House, which is famous for its valuable wooden sculpture: total 308 dragons of different shapes and sizes, and the Du Hang pagoda, where many historical relics have been found: Buddha statuses, bronze urns, bells, gongs and the prayer book of Trang A Ham, an ancient Buddhist script.

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