Đồng Hới is the capital city of Quang Binh Province in the north central coast of Vietnam. The city‘s 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
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