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Haiphong

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Country rank: 20 out of 30 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: Northeastern Region


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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Best time: February - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hải An (Check Flights)

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"Cultural Hub with remnants of French colonialism"

Haiphong Tourism

Haiphong is Vietnam's third largest city and a major port. Haiphong is an industrial city and you can feel it in the air as soon as you enter. However, Haiphong also offers you with hidden relaxation, tucked and hidden away in the industrial town. It has a number of beaches and markets in addition to historical structures and pagodas and even a museum. It is truly an undiscovered gem!

Haiphong is the third largest city in Vietnam has a variety of activities and places to explore. A trip to Haiphong is incomplete without the statue of General Le Chan. This colossal statue is located walking distance from the bus stand. Haiphong bears testament to the beauty of French colonial architecture with the entire colonial quarter of Dien Bien Phu Street, and Tran Hung Dao Street lined with buildings built in the French style. The French-built opera House is the artistic centre of the city. Modelled after the Palais Garnier in Paris, 1946 built structure is a centre for Sino-Vietnamese hat Tuong operas, Vietnamese hat cheo dramas, and Cai Luong folk musicals. Visitors interested in the traditional theatre can also catch one of the Haiphong Water Puppetry TroupeÍs weekly performances. The Du Hang Pagoda, the oldest structure in the city, is also another must visit. Haiphong is rich in street food. For the tastiest and most inexpensive meals, head to the busiest street stands you can find.

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Hai Lung Flower village is located in the Hai An District of Haiphong city. It is a traditional flower village and is home to a rich variety of flowers. Some of which are exported to the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. The flower village is most crowded during the Tet season, which coincides with the time when the flowers are in full bloom. The area is a hub for photographers as it results in some of the best pictures. Visiting the flower village also helps you understand Vietnamese culture and the importance these flowers hold particularly during the new year.

Do Seafood Market is one of the best areas to visit to soak in the Vietnamese Culture. Do Market is the biggest wholesale market in Haiphong and it specializes in dry seafood. The dry sea food selling area is located between the area behind the Cho Do and the Sat Market. Here, you will find dried shrimps, mackerels, dried squids, dried ñSa Sungî with various levels of price, depending on the freshness and size of products. Some of these stores also sell fresh seafood.

Vietnamese is the most common language, but snippets of French and Cinese are also spoken. English is understood quite well in this region as it is a major industrial hub.

Haiphong is home to Le Chan, a member of the Trung Sisters who revolted against the Chinese rule in Vietnam and ruled from 40 AD to 43 AD. By the beginning of the 19th century, Haiphong had developed into a significant commercial and industrial city. Late in the Vietnam War, Haiphong fell prey to heavy firing from the US army as it was the only port for the Northerners. However, the city retained most of its structure.

Haiphong has an exotic nightlife. Haiphong Brewery, which unarguably makes the best beer in the country is a must visit if you are in the area. This is an open joint with a kitchen serving food and tables to stand and drink beer. JulieÍs Bar is the most popular expat bar in the area and is an excellent place to visit if you are staying in Haiphong for a while. Aladin Bar is a retro-bar-nightclub and serves quality cocktails in addition to popular music. Factory Bar and Grill is an industrial themed Bar and nightclub, with a live DJ. There are also mobile bars parked at the edge of Tam Bac lake serving cocktails for cheap.

Haiphong is well known for its quality shoes. The entire length of the Nyugen Duc Cahn street is lined with shoe stalls, filled with shoes of varying shapes, colours and sizes. This is the best place to haggle and shop for quality shoes.

Haiphong has a very authentic cuisine with its dishes exhibiting the perfect medley of spicy, sour and sweet. Haiphong, being a port, serves particularly exquisite seafood. Some dishes such as field crab red noodle soup, crab spring rolls, field crab hot pot, sautéd snail, Hai Phong spicy sandwich are native to Haiphong and have spread to many parts of Vietnam. However, some foods such as Cat Hai fish sauce (made from fresh Cat Hai fish from the Gulf of Tonkin and served with crab spring roll), Haiphong dried noodle (used to make crab red noodle soup) can be found only in Haiphong. The must-try foods here include square crab spring roll and red crab noodle soup.


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Haiphong has good connectivity by air, water and road. Haiphong has the Cat Bi international airport just 5 km from the city. There are frequent trains from Hanoi to Haiphong. Buses and Cabs can al... (Read More)

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