Vietnam's largest port and industrial centre, Haiphong stands on the Gulf of Tonkin and is the result of French colonialism (1874). Disfigured by American bombing from 1965 to 1972, it has like, like Hanoi, managed to rediscover its former beauty. And although this process is aimed more at investors than tourists, Haiphong has a certain chic, providing visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere of a city in the Bac Bo plain other than Hanoi.
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