Top things to do

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 Lang Son

Thanh Lan Com Binh Dan

One block south of the market, the delightful Miss Lan serves around 20 different dishes for lunch and dinner. It’s a point-and-pick affair – all seasonal and all local.
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…
International in Cat Ba Island

Green Mango

With a menu traipsing from steaks, to seafood, and over to Italy for pasta and pizza (with a small selection of Asian dishes as well), Green Mango is a great dinner choice, with friendly staff. It's also a chilled-o…
Bar in Cat Ba Island

Flightless Bird Café

Discover your inner Kiwi at this friendly bar decorated with New Zealand memorabilia. For those that need to always multitask, you can also get your nails painted while you drink, with well-priced massage and manicu…
National Park in Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba's beautiful national park is home to 32 types of mammal, including most of the world's 65 remaining golden-headed langur; the world's most endangered primate. There are some good hiking trails here, including…
Museum in Haiphong

Haiphong Museum

In a splendid colonial building, this small museum concentrates on the city's history with English translations on displays. The front hall's taxidermy collection is rather creepy but there's good exhibits of finds …
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…
Vietnamese in Haiphong

Com Vietnam

This restaurant hits the spot for its affordable local seafood and Vietnamese specialities. Diminutive, unpretentious and with a small patio.
Seafood in Haiphong

Van Tue

This elegant French colonial villa is renowned for seafood, including an amazing selection of crab dishes. More exotic dishes featuring deer and goat are also on the menu. A favourite with local well-to-do families.