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This port city near Hanoi is an important travel hub between the major cities and Cat Ba Island, so local carriers regularly serve Cat Bi International Airport while boats serve the Haiphong pier regularly.

Because Haiphong is the gateway to the massive Cat Ba Island, many tourists flock here to explore the famous Cat Ba Island National Park. Even though the city itself may not have many sites and activities to draw tourists, most hotels in Haiphong are often booked to capacity with adventure travelers on their way to or from the island. While in the city, explore the port, which is the city center with many small waterfront cafes and restaurants, and one of the many beaches for a relaxing afternoon. The Navy Museum is one of the several military-history related museums in the city, perfect for learning about this city’s place in the military history of this city. Whatever the reason for visiting Haiphong, even if just passing through on the way to Cat Ba, it’s a city worth exploring for at least a day, and a great way to see much of local Vietnam life without the usual tourist traps.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Haiphong, take a look at the interactive map on this page and start planning the perfect vacation.