Several trains a day run from Long Bien station in Hanoi to the Haiphong train station in the city centre (hard seats only, 38,000 VND).
Frequent buses run from Lương Yên station in Hanoi (near the old quarter) to Tam Bạc station in the centre of Haiphong (50,000 VND). Another option is to take a bus from Gia Lâm station at the outskirts of Hanoi to either Niệm Nghĩa (3 km from the city centre) or Cầu Rào station (approx. 6 km) in Haiphong (65,000 VND - Jan 2012). Gia Lâm station can be reached from the Old Quarter by city bus no. 34 (3,000 VND).
A taxi or private car from Hanoi to Haiphong costs about $80 USD one way.
Boats including fast hydrofoils run from Cat Ba town on the south of Cat Ba Island. Beware of touts trying to scam you on this route for 250,000 VND or more - the main company is Transtour (http://www.transtourco.com.vn) and the price is listed on the website - 200,000 VND as of June 2012 (Use Google Translate if needed). The main ticket area is past the waiting rooms and on the right hand side before the gate to exit onto the wharf.
-Down at the port(City Center,Ben Binh Street) depart ferries to Cat Ba Island (up to 100'000 Dong)
-To visit Đồ Sơn Beach, about 20 km southeast of Haiphong, go to Lạch Tray Street and board any bus marked Đồ Sơn - cuurently (2012) a very bright and unmissable pink colour (17000 Dong as at Jan 2012).
Naval Museum, 353 Street, Anh Dung Commune, Kien Thuy District, ☎ +84 31 3814 788.
Military Zone III Musuem (254 Le Duan Street, Kien An District), (5km southwest of town.), ☎ +84 93 196 93 88.
Hai Phong City Museum (Bảo tàng Hải Phòng), 11 Đinh Tiên Hoàng Quận Hồng Bàng. Mornings, and afternoons from 2PM. Closed all saturday. Open late evening Tuesday and Sunday..
There are certainly a lot of markets to walk around.
Shoes - Along the Nguyen Duc Canh street/road which is south of the Ho Tam Bac man made pond, you will find many shoe stores. A highly recommend shoe store is "Shop Cuong Lien" located at 87 Nguyen Duc Canh street/road, the store carries many styles of brand name runner and formal shoes. This shop is presentable and clean, compared to the other shoe stores on the same street.
"bánh đa cua"- a kind of noodle soup with crab and other traditional Vietnamese ingredients- really delicious, try once and u can't forget!
"bánh bèo"- a white cake made from rice, filled with meat and eaten together with special sauce
"bún tôm"- a kind of noodle soup, with shrimp
"chè bưởi"- sweetened porridge, made of beans, glutinous rice and mostly grapefruit,often added with coconut sauce and dry-salted coconut slices
Lipton Ice Tea - a branded Lipton tea bag in a narrow drinking glass filled with drinking water with sugar and ice cubes added. Makes it a refreshing alternative to coffee.
Hai Phong Beer - locally made beer.
Hai Phong Brewery (Hia Phong Local Beer), 16 Lach Tray, Ngo Quyen, Hai Phong, ☎ 0313640681. Bia Hoi, fresh from the brewery that is situated directly behind this location. Many stands selling beer here. Look for the joint on the right of the alley where motor bikes are carrying yellow kegs in and out of the brew works. Decent food in a open kitchen. 10,000 for a tall glass (500 ml), 4,000 for a regular. The beer is pleasant with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Way better than Hanoi beer! Arguably best beer in Vietnam. A MUST visit if you are in town and thirsty. (March 2012)4000.
Julie's bar, 28 minh khai. A expat bar, the only expat bar (as of 2013-01-30) as matter of fact. Cheap beer, good drinks and a good bunch of regulars. If you are moving here for some time this is the place to get in to the expat community in Hai Phong - or get to know some english speaking Vietnamese. The bar was started by a Norweigan guy and the later sold to the current owner, Julie.
Classic Hoang Long Hotel, 25 Tran Quang Khai St, ☎ 84-31 282.666, . This is an exceptional hotel, probably the tallest in Hai Phong. The bar / restaurant on the 17th floor has beautiful panoramic views of the city. Room prices range from US$70-135, but an introductory special slices the prices by 45%.
Classic Hoa Viet Hotel, 50 Pho Dien Phu, ☎ 84-31-384 2409, . Excellent value hotel set inside a nice colonial building. Rooms are simple but comfortable, air con, hot showers, fridge and TV. Singles start at 250,000 including breakfast.
Bao Anh Hotel, 22 Minh Khai (downtown), ☎ +84-31-3823406. 400,000 dong a day for a double with 2 people. Elevator. Fridge. Wifi. Cable. Best for the money in Haiphong. Clean. Supermarket directly across the street. They have VIP rooms with kitchenette and spacious for 1,000,000 dong, but I'll bet they would take less. Stairs to enter the hotel.
Do Son (beach) — about 20-23 km away from Hai Phong. Do Son is resort frequented by the Vietnamese but by few westerners; the beaches are not the greatest as silt affects the quality of the water. A visit to nearby Cat Ba is advisable if you want to swim, as the water quality is much better. Do Son sits along the ocean coast, and is filled with low-end hotels, restaurants, and karaoke bars. It has a repuatation as a centre for prostitution. There is a casino (one of very few in Vietnam) at the Do Son Resort Hotel. It's worth visiting for a peaceful day or two away from the bustle of Haiphong.
Hanoi — about 100-105 km away from Hai Phong, about 2-3 hour car ride.