Hai Phong is a booming town with new residential projects and commercial complexes under construction, often featuring modern amenities with shopping and recreational spaces. A good example is the large Thuy Duong Plaza which has Parkson Plaza Shopping Mall in it. Almost adjacent to this development stands the Big C supermarket with a host of satellite businesses. At the other end of the scale, visitors who plan to buy something for loved ones back home at little cost should have a look around the Cho Sat Market and along downtown’s Tran Phu Street. Items to look for include lacquer-ware, porcelain items, ceramics, wood carvings and silk products. Vietnam is a great country in which to buy handicraft products and Hai Phong is known for its high-quality tapestries and carpets.
Big C Supermarket
One of over a dozen stores around Vietnam, Big C Hai Phong features more than 70 shops including KFC and Highlands Coffee. It offers comfortable shopping and quite reasonably priced goods. There are plenty of international ATM machines.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:30 – 22:00
- Location: Lot 1/20, Nga Nam urban area, Cat Bi airport, Ngo Quyen
- Tel: (031) 626 5225
Cho Sat Market
Cho Sat is the city market and is located next to Tarn Bac Bus Station. It is a busy place covering a large area. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything here it’s still an interesting experience to observe local life in this busy downtown area of Hai Phong.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Next to Tarn Bac Bus Station (where you take buses to Hanoi)
Hang Kenh Tapestry Factory
Hang Kenh, a long-established tapestry factory and currently the country’s biggest exporter, is included in most Hai Phong daily tour packages as a must-visit place. Started by two French businessmen back in 1929, it is famous for its high quality handmade woolen carpets. Visitors will get the chance to observe the impressive production techniques which use traditional methods from beginning to end as well as maybe buy some products while visiting.
- Location: On the southern side of Tam Bac Lake
Parkson Plaza, opened in January 2007, is a part of the 19-storey, twin tower TD Plaza Condominiums (aka Thuy Duong Plaza). This large luxury mall has an extensive range of famous brand-name goods (Gucci and Chanel are among many international brands selling here) including cosmetics and jewellery sections (1st floor), a supermarket (4th floor), a 10-pin bowling centre and video games arcade (4th floor) and a cinema (5th floor). The complex also features an interesting food court and several restaurants. Parkson, a popular department store company in Malaysia, first opened in Vietnam in 2005 and currently has a growing number of stores around the country.
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: On Le Hong Phong Street, Ngo Quyen District