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Published: July 23rd 2018
I wouldn't recommend this city for people with bad knees. I'm sure it works well for the heavy rains though!
I did the Halong Bay tour from the port in Haiphong, so it made sense to check out Haiphong, being the third-largest city in Vietnam, before flying from there to Danang.
But the port is enormous and a taxi from there to the city wasn't cheap ($12).
There isn't much here to attract tourists, but the city is clean, well organized, and middle class, and therefore perfect to just stroll around and watch.
English is pretty hard to come by here. But people were happy to find someone who could at least say mango, or fish, or airport. Everyone I talked to was kind and helpful.
The markets have a fair amount of seafood and there are several Japanese / sushi restaurants.
The city center has a long a narrow park that goes on for several km - I even saw some runners there.
There are more photos below.
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