When you pass by Dong Hoi, you must stop at High Dream Hostel, a very nice and well located hostel where you will be warmly welcomed !

 

Lan, the owner, a tour guide, is happy and friendly, willing to help for anything you need and speaks good English. She will always do her best to make you have a good time, she’s smiley, easy-going, and make you feel very comfortable.

You will enjoy spacious rooms and the large beds, the bathrooms have all you need, while the AC the hot shower and the wifi are working well.


Right after waking up from your comfy bed, you’ll have the chance to enjoy a nice breakfast, with many options (local, western, vegetarian) and a yummy tea.


At the evening you will have great time sharing with the family a dinner prepared with love.


Also, don’t forget to enjoy the balcony, which has a very nice view on the town and the sea, good for chilling and/or having your breakfast.

Many services are available, renting bicycles and bikes, laundry, tours in Phong Nha, tours around Dong Hoi, etc. Anything you need can be managed by Lân, your beautiful host.

As you might want to discover the surroundings by yourself, you can find nearby :
– Local market
– The sea and cute blue Vietnamese boats
– Good and cheap banh mi & noodles shop
– Cozy coffee shops
– Main touristic attractions
– Social animated area at the evening where kids and locals come to chill and enjoy
– Other secret/local places waiting to be discovered !

Lan and the team of High Dream Hostel hope to see you soon in Dong Hoi !

 HIGH DREAM HOSTEL
Address: 72 Cao Ba Quat, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
Hotline: 01237574666
Author: Bastien Dubessay

1, Dong Hoi Citadel

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Dong Hoi Citadel is located in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh Province. It is a complex of high fences and towers, forming a fortress that protected the kings and the capital of the Nguyen dynasty since 1630. The citadel is 1’500 m away from Nhat Le beach; it is adjacent to Nhat Le River in the East side and the forest on the West side.

The construction of Dong Hoi Citadel was started in 1812, at the location where King Nguyen Phuc Nguyen built Tran Ninh Rampart and Dong Hai Post in 1774. When King Gia Long passed away, King Minh Mang asked a French general to re-design the citadel, and in 1824 he rebuilt it into an invincible fortress which has the shape of a star. The perimeter of the citadel is 1.860m; its height is 4m. The 1.35m-wide façade faces the West. In addition, the citadel has 3 other big gates: North, South and East, which are equipped with 8-roof towers. Each gate has a well-designed bridge which connects the citadel with the outside area. In 1842, when Kinh Thien Tri was reigning, he renovated Dong Hoi citadel to consolidate its strength.

Dong Hoi citadel held an important position in many periods of the country’s history. In 1885, when the French army attacked it, people and the soldiers of Dong Ha defended and triumphantly won the battle, making the French retreat. During the Vietnam-France war from 1945 to 1954, the local inhabitants have also made several attacks at the citadel.

Nowadays, there is no more war in Vietnam, but the beautiful Dong Hoi citadel still stand vividly as a honorable symbol of the brave country, attracting visitors from many places around the country and the world.

2,Tam Toa church

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In 2009, the Church of Tam Toa (pictured) was at the centre of a conflict between Catholics and local authorities, with beatings, injuries and arrests. For Vietnamese Catholics the building has a very special significance. It’s existence was first documented in 1631 and in the seventeenth century it was the largest in the region, then called Sao Bun, with 1200 faithful. The present building, in Portuguese style with a typical large bell tower, was built in 1887 and was considered one of the most beautiful churches in the country. During the war it was hit during American bombing, leaving only the facade and bell tower standing. When the war ended, the parishioners were so impoverished that they could afford its restoration. Nevertheless, religious ceremonies were held regularly on its land. Until 1996, when the People’s Committee of Quang Binh province confiscated it, establishing what would become “a memorial site” that should be “preserved and protected for future generations to remember the war crimes of the Americans “.

 3, Me Suot Statue

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Born on the Van Chai, Phu My village (currently My Canh village, Bao Ninh ward) in 1906, Me Suot had to face with many difficulties. She had to be a servant for rich families for 18 years. After August Revolution, she got married and had three children (2 daughters, 1 son). Then, she made a living by ferrying on Nhat Le river. From 1964-1966, the war became more severe since American air force intensified bombing activities. At the age of 60, Me Suot still voluntarily worked as a ferry woman under the mission of delivering officers, wounded soldier and weapons across the river. Each year from that period of time, it was estimated that she carried 1,400 times even under heavy bombardments. In 1968, she sacrificed after a bombardment.

On 2003, the statue was inaugurated as a symbol of courageousness of not only Quang Binh people but also Vietnamese women. Looking to the Nhat Le river, Me Suot statue was sculptured right at the ferry where the woman used to deliver weapons as well as soldiers cross the river.

4, Bau Tro lake

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Bau Tro is a freshwater lake located between the sand dunes and Nhat Le beach. It is so deep that no bottom. This lake is an important fresh water supply source for Dong Hoi city. Moreover, Bau Tro is known as an archaeological site where excavations found remains of the prehistoric Neolithic period. This is a landscape, is both a vestige zone with archaeological sites of ancient Vietnamese to leave.

Standing on a sandy hill of Hai Thanh ward to look down, we can see that sea and lake only a few inches apart. in rougt sea days, just think that the sea integrates into the lake. Strangely, despite nearly, the water lake is still fresh as the forest streams. Formerly, Dong Hoi denizen often taking the water lake to washing white clothers. Lake water seep mainly from the sand so very cool and saccharine, can bleach clothers. This is the only fresh water source provide running water for denizen of the city which was contaminated with salt water for a long time ago.

Surrounding the lake is the range of green casuarina trees emerging on the blazing sandy zone. In recent years, as the ecological lake environment has improved so many birds return to reside in forest. Visitors to the lake, nothing interesting than tie the hammock under a tree and listening to rustling of sea wave mixed the chattering of birds that take us to peacefully sleep.

If you want to have a city tour, don’t hesitate to contact us

NETIN TRAVEL COMPANY

Address: 161 Ly Thuong Kiet stress, Dong Hoi, Quang Binh

Hotline: 0914 666 872

Email: netin.info@quangbinhtravel.vn

 

Dong Hoi is the capital of Quang Binh Province. Tourists come here to find the peaceful moments. The city’s area is 155.71 km2. Population as per the 2013 census was 160,000, the city is small but very pretty.

Especially young people are also keen to know the origin of the phrase “the rose city”. Why is it called that? There are many theories about that name. But perhaps the true theory is an interview with the Xuan Hoang poet when he was alive. He told that: Between 1964, the Russian writer PORIT Polevoi, the author of many novels, he visited Quang Binh. That time was the dry season, so other flowers faded, the only roses were fresh. The waitress at the international guest house in Duc Ninh village took some roses and pluged them in the vase in the living room.  Polevoi pointed at the vase and said that “Roses in Vietnam are beautiful! “. Xuan Hoang told him: “You know, the French used to called that because there are many people to plant roses”. In this article, There is a detail : Before living Dong Hoi, PORIT Polevoi responded a letter, it used the phrase “Dong Hoi, the Roses commune “. For then, that phrase appears in many articles by  Xuan Hoang and many other poets.

Some food you should not miss when coming to Dong Hoi

Visitors are fascinated by the beautiful sand dunes.

5 things to do in Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi city is always an attractive destination for tourists. When coming to Dong Hoi, tourists don’t only explore the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, beautiful beaches, delicious food, they also have a opportunity to visit spiritual attractions. If you join the daily tours of Netin Travel, you will receive free airport pick-up.

In addition, you can refer to other ways of transportation from the airport – Dong Hoi city:

1, By Private car

At present, there are also many companies that provide the pick up/ drop off services. The price depends on the road and type of cars ( bout 300.000 vnd/ 7 seat car). You can contact for airport pickup service: 0914 666 872

2, By Taxi

I will recommend some prestigious taxi branches for you to choose. From the airport to Dong Hoi city center about 7 km. The price fluctuates around 200,000 vnd, it also depends on the quality or the type of cars.

– Mai Linh: 0232. 385 85 85

– Dong Hoi: 0232 3841 841

– Xuyen Viet: 0232 384 84 84

– Tien Sa: 0232 379 79 79

– Sun: 0232 353 53 53

3,  By Motorbike with a driver (xe om):

Transport by motorbike with a driver is the cheapest mean. It is everywhere. You can bargain for the cheapest price. It costs about 100,000 vnd.

If you need more information, please contact: 0914 666 872 (email: netin.info@quangbinhtravel.vn) for more information.

Wish you have a fun trip!

 

When visiting a place, food is always attractive to visitors. Dong Hoi is not only famous for beaches, caves, it is also famous for delicious food.  Follow us to discover Dong Hoi cuisine!

1, Bánh bột lọc – Rice dumpling cake:

Thanks to the taste of tapioca flour and ground pork and the different way of processing shrimps, the cake leaves unforgettable feelings. Stuffed with sautéed shrimps and sliced pork belly, the cake of flat tube shape is wrapped in banana leaves and then steamed. After a few minutes, the flour cover turns pliant and translucent, so we can spot the eye-catching pink shrimp inside the cake. For the cake without banana leaves, so-called clear tapioca cake, the cake is boiled not steamed; therefore, the flavor is a little more chewy but less fragrant than the other. Scallion oil, rendered pork fat and fish sauce colored with green chilly are ideal complements.

A plate of 10 pies cost 20,000 VND

Me Xuan restaurant – Le Thanh Dong street

2, Bánh bèo – steamed rice cakes with dried shrimp

If Hue is famous for Banh Beo cakes in a large bowl, this dish is different in Dong Hoi. Cakes are small slices are arranged on a plate. It looks so nice. The flour is tough and soft, shrimp is carefully selected. Fish sauce is savory, lightly sweet and salty tasting, and can be sour and spicy if lime and chili peppers are added.

It is priced at 15,000vnd /a dish.

Cô Vân restaurant – 82 Le Thanh Dong street

3, Súp lươn – Eel noodle soup  

The eels aren’t deep fried, cookers leave pieces of eel intact, and although stir-fried, it is still soft and sweet. Just by looking at it can we be attracted by the yellow saffron mixed with green onion. When cooking eel soup, locals use delicious ordinary rice and add to it a little sticky rice so that eel soup looks more viscid. More specially, they let the rice remain as it is, then simmer without grinding it as people in other areas do.

Thuy Duong restaurant, 05 Phan Boi Chau street

4, Khoái cakes

Khoái Cakes is one of most Traditional Vietnamese Food in Middle Area. It looks like Bánh Xèo. However, their shapes are smaller and more filling inside. When serving, present with vegetables, sliced star fruit and sliced green banana fruit. Using salad to cover Khoái Cakes with other vegetables is my habit. Eating with dipping sauce in step 7 will bring a strange and interesting flavor in your mouth and I bet you will not stop eating.

Tu Quy restaurant – 17 Co Tam street

5, Bún Thịt Nướng – Vietnamese Grilled Pork with Noodles 

Add a bit of the noodles to a bowl. Drizzle some of the chili sauce over the noodles. Add pork, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint, green onions, cucumber, pickled carrots, and crushed peanuts to the bowl. Drizzle more of the chili sauce.  Give it a good mix, and dig in. The dish is huge in flavortown. The sweetness of the mixture, along with the pickled carrots, and a mild heat from the chili sauce, this dish has everything you would ever want in a great Vietnamese dish. Hope you enjoy!

It costs 20.000 vnd/ a bowl

Bun Thit Nuong Ly Ly restaurant – 124 Hai Ba Trung

 

The Vinh Moc Tunnels are located on the coast 37 kilometers north of Dong Ha. When the DMZ, the dividing line between North and South Vietnam, was created along the Ben Hai River, the village of Vinh Moc found itself at the precarious southern edge of Northern Vietnam.

Secretly built between 1966 to 1967, the red soil had to be dispersed under the cover of night to avoid detection by enemy surveillance. Three different levels were constructed – 12 metres, 15 metres and 23 metres deep – with 13 entrances/exits, including seven to the coast. Not only did this provide a breeze for ventilation, it was important for supply lines to the sea.

  

You will lost, if you don’t take the map

The Ho Chi Minh Trail wasn’t one specific trail. It refers to the entire effort by the North across a network of interconnecting channels to secretly deliver troops and munitions to their fighters in the south. Con Co Island just off the coast from Vinh Moc became part of the north’s Ho Chi Minh Trail of the sea, and supplies were moved to the island via the tunnels. Our DMZ guide explained that while the Americans did not know the exact location of the tunnels, they knew enough to bomb the area so in three years, seven tons of bombs were dropped per person living in the tunnels.

The life of the people in Tunnel Tunnel is reproduced vividly

When someone sounded the alarm of the imminent bombing, villagers moved underground and remained there for as long as it took, be it a few minutes or few days. The longest continuous stretch was for five days and five nights. Entering the tunnel through a nondescript hole in the ground, as you move down, down, down into the labyrinth, darkness, ceiling and walls envelope you and it sinks in: 300 people found shelter here for six years. You’ll see nooks used as sleeping quarters, a meeting room and kitchen built with a clever system that could release yet hide the smoke. They played movies with a generator. There was an operation room, a nursery and even a maternity ward – 17 babies were born in the tunnels; six of those people still live in the village today.

 

There were about 96 families lived in the tunnels

Keep in mind that Vinh Moc isn’t the only tunnel system. It is the longest and largest, but there were 114 in Vinh Linh district, with miles of trenches connecting village to village. Vinh Moc survived the bombings but other tunnels were not so fortunate. Some 28 sustained direct hits and souls were buried alive.

Vinh Moc is always included in DMZ tours and it is the highlight. You can do it on your own but having a good guide (with a flashlight!) will illuminate the experience with information. They’ll also point out every slippery step and lead you through the confusing labyrinth.

Tourist shuttle buses also run between Phong Nha/Dong Hoi and Hue that include a stop at Vinh Moc and the Ben Hai River, a good way to cover this site if you are short on time. We saw it advertised in Dong Hoi for 500,000 dong per person.

While the tunnels are bigger than the Cu Chi Tunnels, they are still very small (approximately 1.6 metres tall and 1.2 metre wide) and most visitors will have to awkwardly stoop while walking. It will be a struggle for big folk. Walls are damp and muddy – don’t wear your finest frock. The unexpected dioramas of people in parts of the tunnel will make you jump out of your skin, adding to the vividness of the experience.

We don’t feel the most comfortable in tight underground spaces but we were fine. It certainly helped that it was just us and our guide and we had additional lighting with a torch. It was also cold season, and our hats off to the tunnel builders because the cross-ventilation construction brought in the fresh sea breeze. However, we can imagine it would be tough if it is hot and you are in stuck in a conga line of people. If you think you’ll  feel antsy, wait for the groups to clear out. To those who get claustrophobic: it is probably not for you.

If you are going alone, bring a torch and take a photo of the map at the small museum. Some of the tunnels are not lit. We entered from entrance 3, went out at 6 to look at the beach (very pretty by the way), then re-entered finally exiting at entrance 5.

How to get there from Dong Hoi city

You just go on the 1A high way to the south. From the Ben Hai River, head one kilometre further north on Highway 1. Veer right onto main road TL70. It’s all unmarked small roads from here on and you generally want to go north-east. One suggested way, from Highway 1 travel 2.4 kilometres on TL70, then turn left and head north 4.3 kilometres. At the junction, turn right – it’s 4.5 kilometres heading east then north on TL573.

If you want to enjoy the tour, connect to Netin Travel

Email: netin.info@quangbinhtravel.vn

Phone: (+84)914 666 872