Situated 100 km east of Hanoi on the Cua Cam River, Hai Phong is the principal port city in the North of Vietnam. With its crescent-shaped nineteenth-century core, old Hai Phong is surprisingly well preserved and can be an attractive stop over on the way to Halong Bay by boat via Cat Ba Island. Moreover many say that the best egg rolls in the world can be found on the streets of Hai Phong.
The most famous destination in Hai Phong for travellers is Cat Ba Island. This is the largest island in Halong Bay which is half covered by the Cat Ba National Park. People can visit Cat Ba easily while cruising overnight at Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay on the private tours in Vietnam. In summer time from May to September, tourist can enjoy relaxing time at the beautiful beaches in Cat Ba Island. Other activites to do when visiting the island are: Hiking through the national park; Kayaking and exploring local life at Viet Hai Fishing Village and Rock Climbing.
If you are a sucker for beaches, Do Son is here for you. Do Son is a district in Hai Phong city, located about 20km from the city center. This place is not only one of the most famous coastal cities in the North of our country but also the resort with many striking beaches and wonderful sceneries attracts a wide range of tourists in the summer each year . This small peninsula is home to a long sandy coastline mingled with primeval forests creating astounding beauty. Every tourist coming here can climb, admire the three beautiful beaches or take part in some water sports.
Another must - visit spot for you is Lan Ha Bay. Credited as "the second Ha Long Bay" in Vietnam, Lan Ha is fairyland that has remained over time with the grandeur of flora and fauna. It is also the special feature that attracts, retains and entices visitors having Vietnam customized tour want to come back here again. Lan Ha Bay has about 400 islands, large and small and 139 fine white sand beaches stretching between the rocky mountains as well as quite calm, clear blue water. Travelers who like to dive and watch corals should go to Van Boi and Van Ha beaches.