Hai Phong discovery – A city of red phoenix flowers

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If you have plenty of time to travel to the north of Vietnam, want to visit the majestic natural scenes, or discover the unique new points of life, culture, and ethnicity. In this article, we want to mention a land with a long history, unique landscapes, diverse cuisine or precious pearls bestowed by nature. It is Hai Phong – a city of red phoenix flowers.

THE HISTORY OF HAI PHONG CITY

Located over 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hai Phong city stretches over 1,527 km2. Due to the extremely favorable geographical characteristics, Hai Phong has the most important national seaport in Vietnam. Since ancient times, Hai Phong has played an important role in the feudal economy and politics. The name “Hai Phong” literally means coastal defense. Since the 19th century, under the Tu Duc dynasty, Hai Phong began to develop into a rather large commercial port to this day.

The name "Hai Phong" literally means coastal defense
The name “Hai Phong” literally means coastal defense

The rows of red phoenix flowers glowed all over the corner of the northern city! Hai Phong seems to be the hottest city of Vietnam in the summer, not because of the high temperature, but because of the colorful colors of the roads.

Hai Phong city looks from above
Hai Phong city looks from above

Hai Phong is very close to Ha Long Bay, a famous scenic spot. If once you set foot in Hai Phong, you will fall in love with this land, because not only is it fortunate to be blessed with many beautiful scenes, but the food and people in Hai Phong are also great.

WHEN SHOULD WE GO TO HAI PHONG CITY?

Summer weather in Hai Phong is very suitable for vacation
Summer weather in Hai Phong is very suitable for vacation

Hai Phong is a province with a hot climate. Hai Phong weather is characterized by the weather of Northern Vietnam: hot and humid, with a lot of rain, there are 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. In particular, from November to April next year is the climate of a cold and dry winter, winter is 20.3 °C, from May to October is the climate of summer, cool and rainy, the average summer temperature is about 32.5 °C.

You will not want to miss Hai Phong when warm summers spread throughout the city, from April to October (temperature is about 25 to 37 degrees C). This is the best time to enjoy moments of play and sunbathing on the beach. You can also take a leisurely stroll on the streets covered with red flowers. The cool sea breeze will flood in the rest of the year, so make sure you prepare the appropriate scarf and warm clothes if you choose during that time.

HOW TO TRAVEL FROM HA NOI TO HAI PHONG CITY?

From Hanoi, you can take a bus to Hai Phong, it takes about two hours on the car watching the beautiful panorama when passing Ha Long Bay. If flying from Ho Chi Minh City, the flight will land directly to Cat Bi airport.

In addition, visitors can come here by any means such as trains, buses…v.v.

Cat Bi International Airport, officially named: Cat Bi International Airport. This is an airport in Hai Phong city, Vietnam. The airport is located only 5 km from the city center.
Cat Bi International Airport, officially named: Cat Bi International Airport. This is an airport in Hai Phong city, Vietnam. The airport is located only 5 km from the city center.

THE PLACE WHICH TO VISIT IN HAI PHONG CITY

If you are planning to visit Hai Phong in the upcoming vacation, then consider this checklist of best Hai Phong attractions to see where to visit in this city.

Bao Dai Villa (Dinh Bảo Đại)
1. Bao Dai Villa (Dinh Bảo Đại)
Cat Ba Island (Đảo Cát Bà)
2. Cat Ba Island (Đảo Cát Bà)
Cat Ba National Park (Công Viên Quốc Gia Cát Bà)
3. Cat Ba National Park (Công Viên Quốc Gia Cát Bà)
Ben Ngu (Bến Ngự)
4. Ben Ngu (Bến Ngự)
Do Son Beach (Bãi Tắm Đồ Sơn)  
5. Do Son Beach (Bãi Tắm Đồ Sơn)
Du Hang Pagoda (Chùa Dư Hàng)
6. Du Hang Pagoda (Chùa Dư Hàng)
Elephant Mountain
7. Elephant Mountain
Navy Museum
8. Navy Museum
Monkey Island
9. Monkey Island

MUST-TRY HAI PHONG FOOD

1. Crab Noodle (Banh da cua be)

This is the most famous and attractive local dish in Hai Phong. Depending on which one you choose, a bowl usually has rice cakes, spring rolls, fish rolls, shellfish, red crabs, fried spring rolls, broth, and onion rings. Add a little spicy chili you will have a great bowl of crab Noodle

Crab Noodle in Hai Phong
Crab Noodle in Hai Phong

2. Spicy fish noodles (Bun ca cay)

As a popular dish, this dish is easy to find in the coastal city, but in Hai Phong, it is processed in its own style. The fish noodle here has a delicious “soft” mackerel, eat with vegetables along with the crisp and use the spice as sour and sweet. Do not forget to add chili to the bowl, because of the spicy flavor, you can feel the true taste of Hai Phong fish noodle.

Fish Noodle
Fish Noodle

3. Chinese cast cake (Banh duc Tau)

Served with kohlrabi, mushrooms, papaya, fried shrimp and meat. The fish sauce combines skillfully the sourness of vinegar and sweetness mixed together to increase the flavor of the dish.

Coming to Hai Phong without eating this extremely special cast cake is a major omission
Coming to Hai Phong without eating this extremely special cast cake is a major omission

4. Chinese Drifting cake (Banh troi tau)

This dessert includes rice that is immersed in hot sweet soup. After biting a piece of rice, you will discover the taste. You can try the very delicious Sui Din version at Ky Dong Street, Hong Bang District.

Banh troi Tau includes rice that is immersed in hot sweet soup
Banh troi Tau includes rice that is immersed in hot sweet soup

In the midst of the chilly weather, enjoying the warm aroma of ginger, the sweet taste of molasses of soft effervescent tablets with hot water is nothing. Hai Phong winter snack is very pleased to tourists when it is cold, you can enjoy this dish at 34 Ky Dong, Hong Bang district.

5. Snail Dish (Oc)

As a coastal city, it is not too difficult to understand when snails and seafood cuisine in Hai Phong are endless. The seafood here is fresh, delicious and cheap, so you should eat and serve.

Visit Hai Phong, just entering a snail shop, You will feel "immersed" in all kinds of seafood.
Visit Hai Phong, just entering a snail shop, You will feel “immersed” in all kinds of seafood.

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