"Platform to Cat Ba and Halong Bay" Haiphong by akikonomu

Haiphong Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 106 photos

Haiphong (pronounced exactly like "sea wind" in Chinese) is a small town about 2.5 hours bus ride from Hanoi.

Most people wouldn't hang around town long enough for the next boat to Halong Bay or Cat Ba island.

Despite any thorough planning, you may find yourself stuck in Haiphong with no connections to Cat Ba island.

Left with no choice, we passed the lazy afternoon at Do Son, a beach situated on the tip of the peninsular (about 45 minutes away from Haiphong).

In the evening, we strolled around the plaza in front of Le Chan (a statue of some famous Vietnamese?) If you tell any cyclo or xe-om driver to stop at Le Chan, they would know.

There is a 24 hour flower market there and at night the fountains are lit with multicoloured lights. Many locals and tourists alike will hang around the fountains for respite from the heat or to stare at the fountains dancing.

First thing next morning, we were on our way to Cat Ba.

  • Last visit to Haiphong: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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