Hai Phong is the main port of northern Vietnam and a commercial and industrial centre and is the third most populous metropolis in the country. It is near Thai Binh province to the south, Quang Ninh province to the north and Hai Duong province to the west.
100km from Hanoi, Hai Phong is a lovely city that retains a colonial look. The city is also known as ‘The City of Flame Flowers’ because most of its streets are lined with flame flower trees. Hai Phong also serves as a pleasant base when visiting other north-eastern spots such as Cat Ba and Halong Bay.
In Hai Phong, there are many places worth visiting and these include temples, shrines, pagodas and mausoleums. There is also a beach and communal house that tourists often frequent. The town is also known for a handful of festivals, including one which involves buffalo fighting.