With graceful tree-lined boulevards, an impressive array of colonial-era buildings and an unhurried air, Haiphong is a very approachable city. It’s an important seaport and industrial centre, but few visitors linger. If you do pass through, you’ll find minimal hassles compared to Vietnam’s main tourism centres, with barely a tout to be found. Cafe culture is very strong here and many central places have street tables – perfect for people-watching.
Haiphong is a major transport hub, and well connected to Cat Ba Island and Hanoi by bus, boat and train.