Sam's Exotic Travels to Hai Phong - Primary Seaport for Northern Vietnam
Hai Phong, with 1.7 million residents, is the third most populous city in Vietnam. It is located in the delta of the Red River. It is approximately 100 kilometres from Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, and serves as the primary seaport for the northern region of the country.
Hai Phong has existed as a significant port city for at least several centuries, and was one of Vietnam's principle trading centres. When Vietnam was conquered by the French, the city became France's main naval base in Indochina. After World War II, when Vietnam attempted to regain its independence, Hai Phong was the site of the first military action undertaken by the French, being shelled by the French navy. Later, in the Vietnam War, the city was subjected to heavy bombing by the United States due to its status as North Vietnam's only major port. After the war, the city was built up as a significant industrial centre.
The tour group went to Hai Phong so tour members could go to a casino for gambling, which is only open for foreigners, spent the night and then left the next morning. I spent the time walking down the hill from the casino (on the harbor 19 km out of town), along a beautiful park near our hotel that night, and took a few shots in the hotel before leaving back for Hanoi after breakfast next morning. I wish we had spent more time there.
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