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

Quang Binh is interested by tourists in recent years with great attractions such as Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Nhat Le beach, Quang Phu Sand dunes, Mooc Spring…You are in Da Nang and you want to go to Quang Binh, you should not miss this article!

Distance  from Da Nang to Quang Binh

The distance from Da Nang to Quang Binh is about 235km. There are bout 3 ways to get Dong Hoi, Quang Binh.

1, By motorbike or private car

Starting from the inner city of Da Nang, you go through Hai Van pass through Thua Thien Hue province and then to Quang Tri province. From here you can also choose to go to Quang Binh by 1A Highway or Ho Chi Minh Road. It will take you about 6 to 7 hours to get there. But you have to consider carefully when deciding to go by motorcycle. You need to know about Vietnamese transportation and have a motorcycle license. If you rent a car you will be active time but the cost is usually higher than the rest.

2, By bus

Also, if you do not go by car or by motorbike, you can choose a passenger bus to start the journey. Many busses from Da Nang to Quang Binh, I can recommand as Hoang Long, Nam Tao, Trung Tinh Hai Au … The start time is about 9p.m. The price is about 180,000 – 220,000 VND depending on the quality

The best way: you can catch the bus at any time. You move to the central bus station in Danang, the bus departure from 6 am to 5 pm everyday.

3, By train

This is also a very popular choice. Price of soft boat is about 330,000 VND

TRAIN NUMBERSE2SE4SE6SE8TN2SE10SE20
departure time12:4614:1303:0222:5909:2509:2518:40
End time18:4519:5209:1604:5015:5415:5400:49

Don’t hesitate to contact to NETIN travel if you want to rent a good quality car from Da Nang to Quang Binh (4 seats, 7 seats, 29 seats, 45 seats).

Netin Travel will help you have a unforgettable in Quang Binh if you like to go with the tour

Daily tours – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

NETIN TRAVEL COMPANY

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

Hotline: 0914 666 872

 NETIN TRAVEL TEAM

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!

 

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 

 

 

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

 

For Vietnamese people, spirituality is always the attraction when travelling. In addition to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park with many beautiful caves, when you come to Quang Binh you should not miss the spiritual attractions in this article. These places are very sacred. So Many people not only go there to enjoy it but also to pray for peace.

1,Vung Chua –  Yen (swallow)Island

Vung Chua – Yen (swallow) Island located at the foot of the Hoanh Son range, about 10km from the poetic Ngang Pass to the southeast. From Tho Son peak looked toward the sea is the magnificent natural scenery, peaceful seawater clouds. Being surrounded by the three islands of Hon La, Hon Gio and Hon Nom (Swallow Island), Vung Chua area is pretty airtight, where is the shelter for many boats during storms.

Along with Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Vung Chua – Yen Island where General Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese hero, rested in peace also attracts ten thousands of tourists from throughout the country. With creative steps and flexible methods, since early 2014 to now, Quang Binh has welcomed 2.5 millions of tourists, increasing over 140% compared to that of the same period last year. It is expected that Quang Binh Province will become an attractive destinations for tourists all over the country as well as international friends.

2, Eight Ladies cave

Eight ladies cave (Tam co cave) is an aghast historical relic of the sacrifice of eight youth volunteers to keep the north-south route Smoothly. The cave is on the 20th road – part of the legendary Truong Son Road, in Tan Trach commune, Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province. At here, US bombing raids day and night to cut off the North’s supplies to the South.

During the American War, the area was a target of fierce aerial bombardments of the American to stop the northern reinforcement to the southern front-line. This place marked the sacrifice of the volunteer youth during their attempt to keep the transport route clear. On November 14, 1972, violent bomb attacks were frenziedly dropped down to the land, a huge stone of 1000 tons collapsed to lock 8 voluntary youths inside the cave. Nine days after that, there was no hope for saving their comrades, all 8 voluntary youths sacrificed.

Next to the cave, there is a temple to commemorate the people sacrificed on the 20th road 

Today, “Tam Co” cave (Eight Lady cave) has become a spiritual tourism destination for travelers. Every day there are hundreds of  tourists visit this cave. They burn incense and remember the merit of the soldiers.

3 Lieu Hanh Temple.

The temple has become a centre for cultural and religious activities of both the local people and visitors.  Lieu Hanh Mother Goddess is one of the four immortals and also a leading figure in the mother goddess cult, in which she governs the celestial realm.

A temple to worship Lieu Hanh Mother Goddess is about 300 metres in the southwest of Hoanh Son gate. The temple, built in 1557 (the post-Le dynasty), faces the East Sea. During Tet (lunar traditional New Year Festival), local fishermen burned incenses at the temple and pray for luck. The temple has an area of about 335 square meters with a unique architecture, expressing the solemnity of the temple.

4, Chua Non – Than Dinh Mountain

The Than Dinh Mountain range in the western Quang Binh central province. It bears an imposing beauty of a landscape painting. Tourists to Quang Binh should call at the Than Dinh (Dinh God) Mountain which is famous for “numerous fairies and Buddha”. The mountain range has served as a screen to shield the hard-working people in western Quang Binh for ages.

In the evening, tourists call at Van Kieu ethnic families. By the camp fire, tourists have a chance to enjoy Truong Xuan fried peanuts, Rao Da baked maize, Vo Xa wine, and Than Dinh mountain goat meat and beef. Chua Non – Than Dinh Mountain. This pagoda attracts numerous visitors to burn incense and pray for peace, good health and prosperity.

5, Me Suot Statue

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.

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

Đồng Hới is the capital city of Quang Binh Province in the north central coast of Vietnam. The citys area is 155.71 km2. The city is a major train stop on the North-South railway, it’s on arterial Highway 1A and it has an airport. So if you’re short on time, Phong Nha Cave, Paradise Cave and the Dark Cave are an easy day trip from Dong Hoi. All hotels and hostels here offer some sort of transport or tour.

Here are 5 things to do in Dong Hoi:

1# Sand boarding in Quang Phu sand dunes

For Nhat Le Beach, head north on Nguyen Du Street, which turns into Truong Phap Street. Follow the coast for four kilometres. Here you can find a couple of chilled out beachside budget spots to stay; you’ll probably find yourself staying longer than you planned. Head north a further three kilometres for some sand dunes.

“Miss Grand International 2017” – at The Quang Phu sand Dunes

Sand boarding is an activity you shouldn’t miss

2# Exploring the beach

Aside from the caves, Dong Hoi has enough to hold your interest for a day, or even more during the summer months of April to October, when you can enjoy miles of beaches. To encourage tourism growth, the provincial government is offering a cash incentive per bed to new hotel developments.

The wild beauty of the Nhat Le beach is also its attraction 

Sunset in Nhat Le beach is romantic

3# Tasting Traditional food

In Dong Hoi, there are many food you should try: banh khoai (fried rice cake), banh beo (small steamed rice cake), bun thit nuong (traditional grilled pork recipe served with Vietnamese sticky rice noodle), Bun dau, spring roll…

Bun Dau Mam Tom

Spring roll

4# Visiting Paradise cave

If you only have time to visit one cave, then Thien Duong Cave will be the one. The cave was formed around 400 million years ago, surrounded by underground rivers and rocky mountains and it is still active. Some of the most spectacular rock formation with gargantuan stalactites and stalagmites almost 60-meter high are found inside this cave. A tour guide will lead you through a 1.1km path to marvel the formations while you start losing sense of time and space inside the cave.

Miss Grand International 2016 at Paradise cave

5# Booking tours with Netin Travel

NETIN Travel Company strives to create an everlasting experience for travelers with a team of dynamic and enthusiastic employees. This team of passionate local people is here to help answer all questions from concerns of customers, information on culture, history and whatever else you throw at them…

Here are some tours from Dong Hoi you shouldn’t miss:

Phong Nha cave – Paradise cave

Paradise cave – Dark cave

Paradise cave – The tomb of the Giap General