Theres no 'top 10 things to do in Haiphong' lists to be made here, but that's not to say it has nothing to offer, quite the opposite.
An incredible orchestra of enduring cacophonous groans fill the frozen winds, punctuated regularly by huge cataclysmic explosions as house sized chunks make their break from the surface and destroy the serenity of the water.
So the legend goes, some ancient God once forsaken by his love with amortal paramour, cut the throat of the Iguazu river as they sailed away, forever condemning the great pretenders to an eternal fall.
The best times you will have will be spontaneous; a night out with new friends in a strange city, finding out the ocean glows like a Disney movie when you disturb it at night...
Romeo had his Juliet, American Beauty had that floating plastic bag, Forest Gump had the reflective equipoise of the heavens and the earth and now I have the superlative majesty of the Bolivian salt flats, its constituent Martian landscapes and its forty degree natural hot springs.
The final death throes of the day, as the battle with the night was lost , saw our guardian star glow all bonfire red and reveal its unwavering spherical body, a perfect circle.
Feeling like a god amongst men, but looking like a tramp that never even tried, I left the site alone.