Haiphong, Vietnam

Area Code 031, $1=16,000D, July 20, 2007

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Hai Phong is the gate way town to Halong Bay if you do not use a tour.
From Hanoi, a train is the most common to come here. The boat pier to Cat Ba town is about 20-30 min away. If you do not want to stay in Hai Phong, when you arrive at Hai Phong by train, you should move to the pier as soon as possible.The boats leave on 12:30, then 14:00, 16:00

Arriving by train: As you come out from the train station, walk straight, passing a park, and turn left on Dien Bien Phu on which many hotels can be found. Soon you will see a bridge, turn right and walk to the end.

Arriving by bus: There are 2 bus stations, the main one is about 2km W from the bus station, 2km S from the boat pier. The other is a small one, just S from the boat pier. The both are near a river. Walk as the river flows, you will reach the pier.

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Accommodation

The most of the hotels are located on Dien Bien Phu. 10 min walk from the train station and 10 min walk from the boat pier.
No budget accommodation in Haipong.
h1 Monaco Hotel: #105 Dien Bien Phu, T3746468, monacohotel@vnn.vn, a/c ab HW CTV fr d$20 C5 Very nice large rooms
h2 Hotel: Ducommerce: #62 Dien Bien Phu, T842790, a/c ab HW CTV fr d$10-15 C3
h3 Kim Thanh Hotel: #67 Dien Bien Phu, T745264, kimthanhhotel@vnn.vn, a/c ab HW CTV fr d$14-25 C4 R(Nice Chinese restaurant) dark rooms
h4 Huunghi Hotel: #60 Dien Bien Phu, T823244, huunghihotel@vnn.vn, a/c ab HW CTV fr s$50-60, d$55-65 C5 bf(buffet)
h5 Thang Nam: #57 Dien Bien Phu, T3747216, huunghihotel@vnn.vn, a/c ab HW CTV fr s$15-18 C5 Very bright rooms
h6 Bach Bang Hotel: #40-42 Dien Bien Phu, T842444, a/c ab HW CTV fr s$13+, d$15-20 C5 big bathrooms
h7 Quang Minh Khai Hotel: 22B Minh Khai, T3823404, a/c ab HW CTV fr d250,000VD bf C4

Food

The best place to enjoy dinner is near the fountain, 10 min W from the train station. In the evening, many local restaurant and food stalls are full of people
h3 Kim Thanh Hotel: #67 Dien Bien Phu, T745264, Nice Chinese restaurant

Transport

T Train: S part of town. 10 min to the hotel area.
Hanoi/Long Bien HS 20,000D SS 22,000D
LP2 LP4 LP10

HP2

Haipong 06:10 08:55 14:55

18:25

Long Bien

08:40

11:15

17:05

Hanoi Station B

20:35

B1 Main Bus station: about 2 km from W from the train station and 2km S from the boat pier to Cat Ba We do not have any information for the main bus station.
B2 Bus station near the boat pier: Bus station 500m S from the boat pier many buses to the destination below.
To Hanoi(Cai Rong Terminal)
35,000VD, Hong Gai(Ha Long City) 25,000, Mong Cai(Chinese border)
Access: 10min walk from the hotel area, 20min from the train station. Local bus #2 bus is running on Dien Bien Phu(hotel area). You may get on to the pier 5000VD
F Harbor: Boats to Cat Ba, about 2km N from the train station. As you come out from the train station, walk straight and turn left at Dien Bien Phu(Many hotels are located) and turn right just before the bridge and walk to the end. There are many agents around the boat pier.
The boat office at the pier
Slow boat
70,000VD dep 6:30, 12:30 3hrs, fast boat 100,000VD dep 9:15 12:30 .1.5hrs
The office opposite from the pier
fast boat
80,000VD dep 8, 10, 14, 16:00 1.5hr
The boats from Hai Phong to Cat Ba run at the edge of the island area. No so scenic

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