Phong Nha Cave tour from Dong Hoi is the first choice for travelers. Vehicles such as airplanes, trains and cars all come to Dong Hoi Quang Binh. Quang Binh in general and Phong Nha in particular have become one of the prominent places on Vietnam’s tourism map. We know that Quang Binh is a land of history and a place blessed with forests and the sea. Although this is the narrowest place in the country, but it is a place with very long sea routes. So Quang Binh has great potential to develop tourism. Currently, travelers around the world are focusing their attention on a place in Quang Binh. That is Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is about 45km on the west of  Dong Hoi city.

Phong Nha Cave Tours from Dong Hoi

Phong Nha National Park is a well know tourist attraction in Quang Binh province. Here, there are approximately 500 big and small caves. Phong Nha is a must see cave in Vietnam because it is titled as the Kingdom of Cave in the country. Coming to Phong Nha National Park, tourists not only get a chance to admire the mighty of the nature but they also take their opportunity to pay a visit spectacular stalagmites and stalactites inside the caves. For example: Phong Nha cave, Paradise cave, Dark cave, Son Doong cave…

Currently, there are many tour companies in Quang Binh serving tours to Phong Nha. You can stay at the hotel in Dong Hoi and from here you book tours to Phong Nha Ke Bang to visit. There are many tourists will choose the accommodation when coming to Quang Binh that is Phong Nha town. but the only way to get to Phong Nha is oto. Therefore, most tourists will choose Dong Hoi City as a place to stay because it is very convenient for everything: transportation, hotels, eating, swimming in the sea…

When you take a tour from the city, you will have a more general view, because all the paths take you to the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail, you will better understand the historical landmarks here. Not only that, the two sides of the road are covered with forests planted by the people to serve the economy. You will see the peaceful hills and countryside along the road. Therefore, in this article, we would like to share with you the advantages when you choose Dong Hoi as the accommodation for your trip in Quang Binh.

Here, Netin Travel would like to offer travelers Phong Nha Caves tours from Dong Hoi:

Phong Nha Caves – Paradise cave

Phong Nha cave – Dark cave

Dark cave – Zipline – Paradise cave

Phong Nha Caves

Hotline Tour Phong Nha: 0914 666 871 Ms Thao  – 0914 666 872 Mr Cuong

This Phong Nha travel blog and guide has all you need to know to plan your trip to one of the most peaceful and real experiences in Vietnam right now.  We’ll cover your budget, things to do, where to sleep, where to eat, things to avoid, and itineraries based on how much time you’ve got in Phong Nha, Vietnam.

This is our 2nd time here and overall we’ve spent a month here this go around, in a place where the average stay should be 3 days! After about day 3 we pretty much had the whole area memorized for the most part or at least the general direction.  Together, we’ve listed our top things to do and visit for all different types of travelers coming through Phong Nha and trying to visit Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

You are absolutely fine to visit Phong Nha anywhere between January and August as this is the dry season and you’re guaranteed to have perfect weather 1 of every 3 days you’re here, if not all. March – May is the perfect time to visit this beautiful region of Vietnam but you should take caution that it can get pretty hot and humid around June, July and August.

Best time to visit Phong Nha
Best time to visit Phong Nha

Typhoon season is mid-September through November so this would be the only time of year we do not recommend traveling to Phong Nha as it doesn’t make for a good time. We personally have enjoyed the weather and all the scenery in the months of January and February, so it’d be more exciting to know that we haven’t even seen the peak months!

Phong Nha is notorious for being one of the best-caving destinations in the world.  Since allowing British cavers to come here in the ’90s, exploration of around 400 caves in Phong Nha Ke Bang have happened!  Fortunately, visiting the area no matter if you’re only here for 1,2,3, or more days…they’ve got caves for you to visit given all budgets and timeframes.

Dark Cave

Situated in Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, Dark Cave is the last stop of the National Park Loop. Dark Cave is the most adventure-filled option for budget travelers. First, you will take a zip-line to the entrance of the cave, then switch to canoes and paddle into the cave. You will be given life vests and helmets with headlamps which are so necessary as the cave’s name speaks for itself – it’s dark in there. When you get off the boat, you will proceed further on foot and through the narrow tunnels deeper in the cave to find a cavern with mud pool where you can play and throw mud at each other. After that, you can swim in the cave and finally exit to a small water adventure park with zip lines and climbing challenges (which as for February 2020 are not in good condition and we are not sure if they are safe to use).

Dark Cave

Paradise Cave

PARADISE CAVE PHONG NHA

You’ve two options to see the Paradise Cave: go inside for 1 km deep either by yourself or during a National Park Tour, that’s what most visitors to Phong Nha do. Unlike many other caves, this one is easily accessible and cheap.

Alternatively, trek 7 km into the cave with a guided tour to see incredible stalactites and stalagmites as well as a doline (an opening in the ceiling of the cave that enables daylight to come through) at the end of the trek. This option is more pricey but still not so much compared to other caves and it’s totally worth it!

Feb 2020 pricing is roughly 2,650,000VND/person and ages 10+

Either way, Paradise Cave is your go-to option if you only have time to discover one cave.

 

Phong Nha Cave

This is the first cave to have been discovered by British speleologists back in the day and the first one that has been open to the public. Phong Nha Cave is a river cave and you don’t need to take a guided tour to see it, just arrive at the tourism center, pay for your tickets and the locals will take you up the river and into the cave in the “dragon boat”.

There is another cave located above Phong Nha Cave – Tien Son cave. You will need to hike up 500 stairs to be rewarded with spectacular views of the area and some interesting cave formations.

Entrance Fees (Feb 2020) Phong Nha Cave: 150,000VND and Tien Son 80,000VND

Son Doong / Hang En

The largest cave in the world discovered so far is located right here, in Phong Nha! Son Doong has been accidentally discovered in 1991 by a local but remained unknown until 2009 when explored by the British Speleological Association led by Howard and Deb Limbert. Not only is Son Doong cave unique for having the highest stalagmites in the world but also its own ecosystem: light penetrates into the cave through the dolines and gives life to flora and fauna. This cave is the most famous and the most expensive to visit among the numerous Phong Nha Caves!

Pricing Feb 2020: $3000USD/person

Phong Nha is more than just the caves, you’ve got an untapped culture just waiting to be explored!

Attractions in Phong Nha, Vietnam

The Duck Stop

DUCK STOP PHONG NHA, VIETNAM

Have you ever imagined yourself interaction with a couple of hundred ducks at once?…dreamed of getting your feet massaged by little quackers that want nothing more than to nibble at the bits and pieces of food out from in between your toes?! Luckily for you, The Duck Stop allows you to be a “Duck Leader” and lead your little feathered friends to a photo-op and have them bow before you to receive their food.

Pro Tip: Walk slowly for better pictures and videos.

Bong Lai Nature Farm Giant Swing
BONG LAI NATURE FARM GIANT SWING

Bong Lai Nature Farm’s Giant Swing
One of the most underrated places we visited while out in the countryside in Bong Lai Valley. We couldn’t have had a better and more genuine time while at the nature farm conversing with the owner, looking over the valley from while watching life happen around you. For 50k you can ride on the oversized swing while the owner runs up and down the ramp pushing you further and further.

Secret Tip: Give him your phone and he’ll run and take photos of you from all angles

Watching the sunset at Phong Nha Farmstay
Sunset at phong nha farmstay with Radicallyeverafter
SUNSET AT PHONG NHA FARMSTAY WITH RADICALLYEVERAFTER

This had to be the most peaceful and tranquil way for us to end our days while spending 30 in town. To be able to watch the sunset over the rice fields and watch the farmers. When the sun is setting as well, they offer a happy hour drink deal which is a 2 for 1 on Rum and coke or Gin and tonics! Also be sure to ask for a menu with bar snacks as they offer quesadillas and fried spring rolls for under 60k.

Getting around Phong Nha in Vietnam
Motorbike in Phong Nha
By far the best way to get around is by motorbike! Despite you thinking ahead of time that it’s all hills, we can assure you that when in town you will find plenty of straightaways. You’ll wanna stop here and there to take photos of the beautiful mountains in the distance, workers in the rice fields, or maybe a water buffalo making his way down the middle of the street. You’ll never be able to stop and take in these views unless you’re transporting yourself to and from your next location. Riding on the outskirts of Phong Nha along the King Kong Loop, it almost felt as though we were riding th Thakhek Loop that was a part our Laos Itinerary in 2018!

Public Transportation in Phong Nha
This is something that doesn’t exist in town, but if you’re looking to do something other than a motorbike, you’ll just have to go with a taxi. A taxi from the center of town anywhere will only cost you a couple of dollars at most!

Getting to Phong Nha / Leaving Phong Nha
If you’re uncertain of how to get to town or are in the midst of planning on where to go after you’ve visited this hidden gem of Vietnam…Check out our friends who made an elaborate getting to and from Phong Nha page!

Where to stay in Phong Nha, Vietnam
Just 10 years ago there was only one place to find shelter when visiting the area, but now that tourism has started to boom around here it’ became home to 100 hostels, hotels, and homestays! We have been fortunate enough to try many different places in town on all different types of budgets to give you a better idea of what to expect and where spend/save that money.

As more and more people come here each and every year, the downtown area becomes dirtier and crowded. We found ourselves moving further into the countryside each and every day until we found that sweet spot!

Instead of the cheapest place, take into account the difference between hostel vs hotel and make your decision afterwards.

Hahaland Budget Hostel – Ideal place for you to stay on your journey to discover this region of Vietnam if you’re on a tight budget. Located in the center of town, right by the river and just 1km from the bus station. Hahaland is the best place to socialize and meet like-minded backpackers as well as being close to the party scene and late-night debauchery!

Phong Nha Farmstay
Phong Nha Farmstay – Midrange – By far the best accommodation we have found over the past few trips out this way. No place is like this in the area or in all Vietnam for that matter!

You’ll immerse yourselves into a “Real Vietnam” setting away from the crowds in the downtown area and become part of Ben & Bich’s family for however many nights you choose to stay.

Pro tip: For a special discount as well you can email them and mention us for a better rate.

Victory Road Villas
Victory Road Villas – Luxury – We had the privilege time around to be in Phong Nha for our anniversary, and couldn’t have had it pan out any better than it did.

If you’re looking to live a lavish lifestyle surrounded by the jungle with an inground pool, outside jacuzzi tub, some of the best food in town, and with a beer/wine list unlike any other in the area, then this is for you!

Pro tip: You can just as well email them and mention us to see what they have to offer!

Take a look at all properties in this map below and feel free to click on the chat icons in the bottom right-hand corner if you’ve any questions surrounding these establishments!

Restaurants in Phong Nha
Moi Moi restaurant bong Lai Valley
Moi Moi Restaurant
Situated in Bong Lai Valley is where you’ll find this diamond in the rough family establishment. Moi Moi, specializing in a slow-cooked pork in a bamboo chute with onions and carrots…It truly is a mouthwatering one of a kind dish that you can’t really find served as freshly as you do here. The menu is offered in English so you’ll have no problems finding what it is that you want.

Order: Slow-cooked Pork in Bamboo Chute

villas restaurant phong nha
The Villas Restaurant
After spending our anniversary at Victory Road Villas and eating just about everything we possibly could off the room service menu, it was inevitable for us not to come back and continuously enjoy this restaurant! Where else in town can you find duck confit, grilled salmon, or a beef tenderloin cooked to perfection? Not to mention you’ve got an exquisite view on the river and the boats passing by.

Entree to try: Grilled Salmon w/ caper mashed potatoes, asparagus and lime

The Pub with Cold Beer
No trip to Phong Nha Ke Bang would be complete whatsoever without paying a visit to the infamous Pub with Cold Beer. Situated on the outskirts of town in Bong Lai Valley between the Duck Stop and the Bong Lai Nature Farm’s Giant Swing is where you’ll find it! They’re the OGs of Phong Nha as they’ve been providing refreshments, relaxation, views, and one-of-a-kind experiences from the beginning. You can get as mild or wild as you’d like as they offer farm to table chicken on-site…meaning if you want to, you can catch and kill your own meal, or you can leave it to them to do it!

What to try: Grilled whole chicken and Huda Beer

Other places to try while visiting Phong Nha would be:
Omar’s Namaste – Indian Cuisine (If you’re in the mood for something other than Vietnamese)

Veggie Box – Vegetarian/Vegan (Takes an extremely long time up to an hour)

Coffee in Phong Nha
The Coffee Station
The coffee station phong nha
This just may be the only place in this area of Vietnam we’ve found a large variety of prep methods and bean mixtures. The Coffee Station offers cold brew, drip, traditional phin, aero press, siphon, and many other unique methods! Aside from the brilliance of the coffee menu they also serve up some amazing brunch-style food items to accompany all palates!

What to try: Cold brew with lime juice and simple syrup.

East Hill Coffee
East hill coffee in Phong nha, vietnam
A place most tourists don’t tend to stumble on we noticed this visit to Phong Nha as it’s not on the direct path most people travel when visiting this area. Perfectly situated on top of a hill overlooking the freely flowing granny smith colored rice fields is where you’ll find East Hill Coffee. With mostly local guests here drinking Huda beer and gnawing on some of the best-grilled chicken around…but don’t be fooled! The coffee here is fresh, views are amazing, and it’s the perfect stopover on the way from downtown to Bong Lai Valley!

What to try: Ice coffee and hot ginger tea

Capture Cafe
Capture cafe phong nha
This wasn’t our first time to Phong Nha, so it was a wonderful treat that we got to go back to one of the original and in our opinions, best coffee and food stops in town. If you find yourself at Capture Cafe be sure to try one of the best personal pizzas you can find in not only Phong Nha but in all of Vietnam. They also offer an extensive wine menu, western-style coffees, and daily happy hours to compete with any surrounding establishment!

What to try: Veggie Pizza and Cappuccino for dessert

Nightlife
While you don’t have a lot of options for nightlife in Phong Nha you shouldn’t be fooled into believing that it simply doesn’t exist. IT DOES! At one point in time the only place in town where everyone went to and partied was “Easy Tiger”, but now that competition is absolutely everywhere and scattered about you have to know where to go.

Momma D’s Rooftop
The one and only rooftop bar in the center and heartbeat of Phong Nha up an elevator inside of “” is where you’ll find this peaceful and relaxing retreat. Here they serve a large list of bottled craft beers, mixed cocktails, and a menu with typical Vietnamese food. The best draw aside from the view though is its extensive board game and card games that’s available to all guests. This is your ideal place to watch the sunset only if you’re in the downtown area of course.

Andys Nightclub
When we said don’t be fooled earlier…we meant DON’T BE FOOLED! At Andys nightclub open 11pm -5am you can keep the party going literally all night long. With an electronic/top 40 Dj playing, drinks flowing, travelers dancing, and drunk tourists pole dancing…you simply can’t miss this place! Just be sure to make your bus leaving town in the morning as this place will certainly be the reason you miss it!

Budgeting
This place should never be missed when visiting Vietnam due to budgeting. They’ve really laid it out so perfectly now that all kinds of budgets are welcome here. If you want the dirty backpacker vibe in a dorm room with 7 other people for $3-$4 a night you can do that here!

If you want to be comfortable and cozy but not drop $100, this can be your place…But if you wanna rent a 3 bedroom penthouse with room service, it’s also available in Phong Nha as well now! We’ve really done all forms of this over the past month of us living in all different setting here, if you’ve any questions about it click the little icon in the bottom right-hand corner and send us a message. We love nothing more than helping you all get out there to say “I did it!”.

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 NUMBER SE2 SE4 SE6 SE8 TN2 SE10 SE20
departure time 12:46 14:13 03:02 22:59 09:25 09:25 18:40
End time 18:45 19:52 09:16 04:50 15:54 15:54 00:49

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.