Hai Phong is one of Vietnam's major ports and an international gateway to the world and is just a short two-hour drive from Hanoi. This port town however, retains elegance and charm imbued by the elderly French-colonial buildings and a sleepy, almost provincial feel reinforced by the relatively slow pace of life evident in Haiphong. It has an excellent beach ... More>just outside the city. Trips to Cat Ba National Park area or Halong Bay can be made from here. For those thinking of concentrating their trip to this part of Vietnam, there is an airport nearby to ensure that the best part of the journey won’t be spend squished in a mini-van but actually enjoying the scenery in the region. There are a few museums in town: Naval Museum, Military Zone III Museum and Hai Pong City Museum, that will be of limited interest to most visitors. Shopping isn’t much better, although if you are in the market for new shoes then head to Nguyen Duc Canh street where you can find rows of shop houses touting trainers, sandals and heels.