The city has a good share of attractions like the Nghe Temple, Municipal Theatre, Du Hang Buddhist Temple and Hang Kenh Communal House. You can join the locals as they watch the Do Son Buffalo-Fighting Festivals at the beach that is held annually and attracts a crowd of over 25, 000 spectators.
Bao Dai Villa – It sits at the top of Vung Hill. The villa was a palace for the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai. It was built in 1928 and the emperor used it mostly during summer. It has since been converted into a hotel where in addition to enjoying the beautiful view of Do Son Peninsula, the guests also admire the pictures of the royal family that are placed n every living quarter. Take a photo in the royal-like costumes as a memento to take back home.
Cat Ba Island – It is located 50 kilometers east of Haiphong. It is very popular with the domestic and international tourists. It can get very crowded with domestic tourists in the months of April and August, and hence skipping it over long weekends and school holidays is advised. The Island has been named the ‘World Biosphere Reserve’ by UNESCO because of its attractive tropical green forests. Enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities here plus fresh air, different kinds of seafood and clear water.
Do not forget to visit DO Son Beach, Du Hang Pagoda, Hai Pong Museum, Museum of Military Region III and Navy Museum.
Places Nearby to Visit in Haiphong
Haiphong may have suffered at the time of Vietnam War, but the colonial charm on Tran Hung Dao and Dien Bien Phu Streets brings back some interesting memories through the French architecture. That section is called The Colonial Quarter. Tam Bac Lake and Flower Market (Quan hoa) is another place that you can visit when Haiphong. You can participate in fishing, walk under the cool shade of the trees along the banks or just relax and pass time