Top things to do

Top Choice Waterfall in Cao Bang

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s best-known waterfalls, and its image adorns the lobby of many a cheap guesthouse. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight…
Top Choice Historic Site in Cat Ba Island

Cannon Fort

For one of the best views in Vietnam – no, we’re not kidding – head to Cannon Fort where there are astounding panoramas of Cat Ba Island's jungle-clad hills rolling down to colourful tangles of fishing boats in the …
Top Choice Bay in Cat Ba Island

Lan Ha Bay

Lying south and east of Cat Ba Town, the 300 or so karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha are just as beautiful as those of Halong Bay and have the additional attraction of numerous white-sand beaches.Due to…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Haiphong

Nam Giao

Haiphong's most atmospheric dining choice is hidden within this dilapidated colonial building. Rooms are an artful clutter of Asian art, old carved cabinets and antiques, while the small but well-executed menu inclu…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Haiphong

Co Yen

This streetside stall sells one thing only, banh da cua, Haiphong's signature noodle dish, a combination of thick dark rice noodles in a clear broth with pork balls, shrimp and morning glory. There's no sign; look f…
Top Choice Beer Hall in Haiphong

Haiphong Brewery Beer Club

Picture a German beer hall but with much more florescent lighting and a rowdier crowd, and you've got the vibe of this fun venue for a night out. Couple the surprisingly tasty brews (try the Amber Ale) with Vietname…
Top Choice Vietnamese in Cao Bang

Thu Ngan

One of our favourite com – point-and-choose dishes served over rice – joints in northern Vietnam. Enter to find a vast spread of appetising dishes, including a handful of meat-free options, served in a tidy and high…
Top Choice Beach in Co To Island

Hong Van Beach

Most Vietnamese visitors make a beeline for Hong Van Beach – and justifiably so. It's nearly 3km of fine, white sand lapped by blue water and backed by intermittent bungalow and restaurant operations, but is so long…
National Park in Bai Tu Long Bay

Bai Tu Long National Park

The spectacular islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, immediately northeast of Halong Bay, form Bai Tu Long National Park and are every bit as beautiful as its famous neighbour. In some ways it’s actually more stunning, since…
Buddhist Temple in Haiphong

Du Hang Pagoda

Du Hang Pagoda was founded three centuries ago. It’s been rebuilt several times, but remains a fine example of traditional Vietnamese architecture and sculpture. P Chua Hang leading to the pagoda is a narrow thoroug…