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

If you have come to Central Vietnam, you should visit Quang Binh Province, “The King of caves” such as Phong Nha cave, Paradise cave, Vung Chua – Yen Island, the tomb of Vo Nguyen Giap General … I am sure that you will have a unforgettable time in Quang Binh.

We will support you the information from Ha Noi to Quang Binh Province. Let’s go !

  1. How Far is from Ha Noi to Quang Binh Province?

From Hanoi to Quang Binh Province is about 488 km along 1A Highway and 520km along the Ho Chi Minh trail, it takes you about 9 to 10 hours.

  1. How to get to Quang Binh Province?

You can get to Quang Binh by various means: airplanes, trains, coaches and personal vehicles:

  • Airplanes are the most modern vehicle, the fastest moving time and the most expensive. Currently there are 3 branches: Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Airlines. They operate direct flights from Noi Bai to Dong Hoi city. Ticket prices range from 600,000 to 1,450,000 vnd. It depends on the branch and the time you buy tickets. The time of the flight is about 1 hour 30 minutes. You should book in advance to take the initiative.
  • Second, you can take the train. This is a way that many customers choose by its convenience and safety. From Hang Co station is only about 10 hours you get to Dong Hoi station. You can buy tickets in Hanoi. The bed price is about 505,000 vnd and the price of soft seats is about 309,000 vnd for the train SE, TN moving from north to south stop at Dong Hoi station.
  • If you do not go by plane or train, you can select the passenger busses to start the journey. We recommend some bus branches from Hanoi to Quang Binh: Hoang Long, Camel Travel, Hung Long, Tan Viet … The price of busses from Hanoi to Quang Binh also varies between 250,000 – 300,000 vnd. It depends on the quality.

However, if you travel by plane, train or bus to Quang Binh, you will take a additional cost to catch taxis. But busses can help you go straight to the place you want to stop. So many people choose to travel by personal means.

The journey is not too far. You can completely plan your trip by car or motorbike. It is both active and convenient for moving between places in Quang Binh Province. There are 2 routes for you to choose.

First Route: 1A Highway

This road is about 488 km long. It takes you about 8 hours and 44 minutes to go to Quang Binh Province. From the center of Hanoi city to the southwest, you get to Gia Phong street, turn left to 1A Highway, continue to turn right towards to  Hanoi – Ninh Binh / DTT01 road. By the highway you go straight along 1A Highway and the bypass to Ninh Binh city. You continue to go on the bypasses of some provinces: Thanh Hoa City, Vinh City, Ha Tinh City to Quang Binh Province.

Second Route: Ho Chi Minh trail

The route has a total length of 600 km. It takes about 9 hours and 52 minutes. From the center of Ha Noi to the southwest to the crossroads cross Nguyen Trai/ NH6, Ha Dong. From Ha Dong you go about 30km more to Xuan Mai by Highway 6 and turn left on Ho Chi Minh trail. This route is very airy and beautiful.  You will have a good view of the mountains on either side of the road. You go straight on Ho Chi Minh road, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh to Khe Gát in Xuan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh. Here you go the east to Ho Chi Minh /16 road towards Ho Chi Minh West to central Quang Binh.

Remember to bring all necessary documents, comply with traffic safety rules to ensure the safety of the trip, bring the necessary personal belongings and choose stopping points to eat along the road.

In Quang Binh province, you can visit some attractions such as Phong Nha cave, explore the world’s largest cave – Son Doong. If you want to enjoy nature, you can camp on Bao Ninh beach, Da Nhay beach, Nhat Le beach .. quite break and experience in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park with mysterious landscape, bao. It is home to many rare animals.

Many people always choose daily tours when exploring Quang Binh Province.

Phong Nha cave – Paradise cave

Paradise cave – Dark cave

The tomb of Vo Nguyen Giap General – Paradise cave

Phong Nha cave – Dark cave 

 

 

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.

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If you have the endless passion for “Backpacker” travel, the forest or the sea which is extremely attractive to you. Other places are exciting for traveling. That is the sand hill, isn’t it? Actually, not only “Backpackers”,  any one who reading this article below, they will get there when they arrive in Viet Nam.

Unlike the vastness of the ocean with the blue color and green mountains above, you feel like you become smaller on the sand dunes.  It is more beautiful with only a yellow color. There are some small bushes that live in this harsh land. The nature in the central of Vietnam is so “hard to live”, but also presents itself  diverse beauty.

Watching movies or reading stories about the desert that makes many people wish to go. But in Vietnam  there are also some beautiful places like that. Let’s try it out :

Quang Phu Sand Hill – Quang Binh

The sun set at the Quang Phu sand hill is so amazing.

Named one of the most beautiful sand dunes in Central Vietnam, Quang Phu Sand Hill is located between Quang Phu Commune (Dong Hoi) and Nhan Trach Commune (Bo Trach). This place is famous for its many shades of sand, after the rain, it is red sand. The bright red color of the sun shining down makes the sand dunes mysterious. On hot days, it changes other colors:  white, yellow or gray …

Because the wind is not so strong, the sand waves in Quang Phu is not large, creating a smooth, very impressive. In addition, Quang Phu white sand dunes stretch to the coast. Due to the wild, this beach is also green and clean. It is convenient to “return to the sea”,  isn’t it? With a reasonable height, this area is suitable for playing adventurous games, including sand-shoeing

Mui Ne Sand Hill – Binh Thuan

Tourists can travel from Mui Ne to Luong Son sand hill by a motorbike or jeep.  

It is so nice and impressive. Sand dunes have been formed for a long time, stretching over a wide area ​​up to 50 ha. This is called “ Flying Sand Hill” because the shape of the sand dunes often have changes and deformation. That makes Mui Ne Sand Hill more impressive and attractive. From the sand hill, you can take a panoramic view of Mui Ne with the vast blue color of the sea. Mixing with the wild nature in the late afternoon sunshine, that will bring you many impressive emotions.

Trinh Nu Sand Hill – Binh Thuan

The pure beauty of the sand scenery in this place that makes many people love for the first time

“Trinh Nu” means Virgin Girl. The name is so cute. Because White Sand Hill looks like a girl lying on her side. Moreover, the sand is also smooth white. when it combined with the bright sunlight, creating a magical look. In the middle of the sand hill, there is a clear fresh water lake. So it has another name “Bau Trang” (White lake).

If you visit Bau Trang, you should rent a motorbike to conquer the sand dunes. The feeling of surfing on the sand, conquering the top of the hill to the other hill brings tourists new adventure. If you do not want to drive yourself, you can book the Jeep car service with a driver (600.000 vnd / 4 persons /60 minutes).

Nam Cuong Sand Hill – Ninh Thuan

Nam Cuong sand hill in Ninh Thuan province is 8km from central Phan Rang city.

Nam Cuong sand hill is still quite wild, located in the village of Cham ethnic people. So Sand Hill has become an integral part of their the life. Going to this sand hill, you will be impressive by idyllic scenes of Cham people’s rural life. It is also the most attractive place of Nam Cuong.

Mui Dinh sand hill- Ninh Thuan

The beautiful basket boats in the middle of a large space

The place is still very pristine like “magnolia meadows”, the sea is right next to the sand hill. In this area there are also hollows, forming small ponds adjacent to each other. Sand is white smooth, the ponds has clear water that makes the space beautiful “ hard to describe”. There is also a camping pitch with typical prairie tents. You can rent tents here overnight and enjoy nomadic life.