Haiphong Travel Guide

  • Naturally forming stalactites/stalagmites
    Naturally forming...
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  • Halong Bay (An UNESCO heritage site)
    Halong Bay (An UNESCO heritage site)
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    Our Crew
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Haiphong Things to Do

  • Midnight Swim in the Living Light

    Here is a little known secret, that will make your trip to Halong Bay. Halong Bay often has Bioluminescence...that's Latin for Living Light! So if you're in Halong Bay when it's active be sure to take a midnight swim. It an awe inspiring experience! Bioluminescence can only really be seen at night and the darker it is the more magnigificant the...

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  • Dancing fountains

    Fountains at the plaza in front of Le Chan are gathering points for locals and tourists alike. The fountains create different patterns with coloured lights shone on them to add on some special effects.

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  • Flower Stalls

    There is a 24 hour flower "market" in front of the statue of Le Chan. Comprising of a few stalls, we mostly saw roses put on sale. Something nice to get for your good friend or loved ones, at a small price.

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  • Do Son Beach

    Locals flock to the beach during summer. Some of the things you can do there1) Swim and engage in water sports2) Fly kites3) Suntan on the deckchairs (payment required)4) Go to the nearby casino5) Watch sunset

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  • Cat Ba Islands and many more

    Cat Ba Islands, you should go on a boat trip.Bring along your camera as it is very scenic, as well as a hat, it was very hot when i went. Also bring your swimming costume, as you may be allowed to jump off the boat/ferry for a swim among the islands. We also visited Halong Bay, complete with caves.

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  • Spend the night on the Deck of the Boat

    Be sure to spend the night up on the rooftop deck instead of spending a boring night in yet another hotel room. The night air is cool and peaceful.And since they turn off the electricity on the boat at night it is stifling hot in the rooms! Plus I didn’t see any roaches on the deck! The room well – YIKES!Be sure to bring a wear long sleeves...

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  • Kayak through the Floating Villages

    Make sure you book your trip on a boat that has Kayaks on-board the boat itself. This will give you the opportunity to Kayak through a floating village. Most of the boats do not have them and it was a real highlight of our trip. Gill and I were also able to kayak while we were there. I talked her into going pretty far out into one of the floating...

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  • Cave of Marvels (2)

    Inside the caves you will find huge halls with many stalactites and stalacmites.It was recently lighted with the help of the Chinese Government. There are lights of various colors in the main highlights.The guide will show you different shapes made on the rocks by the water falling drop by drop.There is a marvellous view of the bay from the exit...

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  • Cave of Marvels

    Also called as Hang Dau Go, and "Grotto of Wooden Stakes".These are the main caves here, and your boat will surely stop here on the first afternoon. The cavesentrance is in the middle of the rock wall, you will disembark at a wooden pier and climb some (usually slippery) stairs up the wall till the entrance.Once there, the visit lasts about 1 hour.

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  • Cat Ba Island

    This is the main island in the archipelago. Is the only inhabited one, with hotels and restaurants. There is a National Park, where you can do some trekking.Most tours stop there by night, to leave passengers.There are some caves and beaches too.

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  • Caves by Kayak

    While you are in HaLong bay you must take a sea kayak and visit some of the remarkable caves in some of the 4000 or so islands. This is a real must do activity.

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  • Cave of Awe (Hang Sung Sot) -...

    Cave of Awe (Hang Sung Sot) - Ha LongSung Sot cave is on the same island with Trinh Nu cave. The path to Sung Sot is quite steep and is lined with shady trees. The cave has 2 chambers. The outer chamber is square and is often referred to as the waiting room. The cave's ceiling is approximately 30 m high. The walls are almost perfectly smooth as if...

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  • Hang Dau Go (Wooden Stakes...

    Hang Dau Go (Wooden Stakes Cave)- Ha LongHang Dau Go is one of the most beautiful cave at Ha Long. The islet itself stands 187 m above sea level. Upon arriving visitors must hike the 90 rocky steps that lead to the cave's entrance. There are three chambers with the outer one having the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Some are as tall...

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  • Ha Long Bay Scenic Sites

    Hire a boat for a daytrip to see the caves. Leave early in the morning and allow at least 6 hours for the trip. Buy bread and beer before going to the dock. Merchants with lived fishes, shrimps, crabs and squids will approach your boat. Your lunch will be a quick but delicious meal of seafood steamed in beer. Boat captain usually provides pot,...

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  • Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau)- ...

    Pelican Cave (Hang Bo Nau)- Ha Long Bo Nau is a compound word derived from two words, bo cau meaning pigeon and nau meaning brown. Bo Nau literally means brown pigeon. For some reason, many foreign translations refer to this cave as Pelican cave.

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Haiphong Hotels

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  • Harbour View Hotel

    4 Tran Phu Street, Haiphong, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Tray Hotel Hai Phong

    47 Lach Tray Street, Ngo Quyen Dist, Haiphong, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Seastars Hotel

    1/3 - Le Hong Phong, Ngo Quyen Street, Haiphong, Vietnam

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Haiphong Transportation

  • Travelling to Haiphong from Hanoi

    In January 2008 a ticket from Hanoi to Haiphong is 20,000 VND. The trip is less than two and a half hours on trains that are clean and safe. Train travel is the best means of reaching Haiphong from Hanoi. It is quick, safe and cheap. Tickets should be purchased at the railway station in advance. Food and drink is available for sale on the train.

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  • Cruise in a Dragon Boat

    The best way to tour Halong Bay is via 'dragon boat' ...the Vietnamese call them Junks These lovely two story wooden barges with giant red sails and a dragon head in the front. They looked a bit like an ancient wooden barge. The ground floor of the boat we were on had about 10 cabins and the second floor had the dining room (again all in wood) with...

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  • So How Do you "DO" Halong Bay??

    As an independent traveler I normally avoid prepackaged tours like the plague but (goodness I never thought I would be saying this) in Vietnam this really is often the only way to go in SOME remote areas...including Halong Bay.There really isn't an infrastructure for the independent traveler and finding information to get to here is difficult. In...

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Haiphong What to Pack

  • Backpack, Bathing Suit and Insect...

    Getting to and touring around Halong Bay requires traveling by busses, walking and getting on and off boats (the tour companies will provide this service as a seamless package). Luggage in this instance is difficult, so leave what you can at a hotel and stuffing all your belongings for the trip to Halong Bay in a day or weekender backpack. You will...

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  • Stormy weather

    I visited Halong Bay in Monsoon, so the weather was rather cloudy. It gave the landscape that mist that makes it so special, but on the other hand we couldn't do much sunbathing!Temperature was perfect, about 21ºC, and we went swimming from the boat twice, even when it rained, as the waters were warm even then.

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Haiphong Sports & Outdoors

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    by SirRichard Written Oct 20, 2003

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    Take your swim suit with you. There are not many beaches around (just the one of the pic) but you will have chances to swim.
    The boat did stop once in the afternoon and once the following day, so we could swimm a bit. The water is warm and still, so you can dive, swim and enjoy the wonderful landscape from below...

    The second day it was raining, but the temperature was perfect, so we went swimming anyway. It was a nice sensation, swimming while the water was falling delicately on you :-)))

    A little beach
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Haiphong Favorites

  • Pearls

    Once in a while you could see floating wooden houses where locals cultivated pearls.Some locals came on board selling pearls and jewels with pearls on them. I was not interested, so I didn't pay much attention to shapes, quality and prices, but they must be really cheap, I guess...

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  • Islands shapes

    After a while the landscapes turns out to be erather monotonous, as the shapes of the islands are very similar.Just once in a while you would find a rather different island, like this one that had a little pagoda on top...

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  • Relaaaaax!

    Once on board there is really not much to do. The first minutes you will be doing photos as crazy, of every island, every boat passing by and so...But after a while, you better take a hamoc, lay down, relax and enjoy the landscape. After 2 hours you won't be so amazed at the magnificient landscape, you will pay more attention to the other...

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