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Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is a destination that attracts many tourists on their journey to explore Quang Binh. When traveling to Dong Hoi, you will be captivated with the clear blue water, smooth white sand, and dozens of kilometers of pristine coastline. You can also freely admire the romantic Nhat Le river and visit long-standing historical relics. Let’s explore this beautiful city with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Dong Hoi city?

Dong Hoi City is located between National Highway 1 and Ho Chi Minh trails. Dong Hoi city is also near Dong Hoi station and next to the North-South railway line. 500 km south of Hanoi capital, 270 km northwest of Da Nang city. It is 1,220 km north of Ho Chi Minh City and has Nhat Le River flowing through. With geographical location:

  • The North and West border Bo Trach district
  • The South borders Quang Ninh district
  • To the East borders the East Sea with 12 km of white sand beach.

Dong Hoi city has an area of ​​155.87 km², the population in 2020 is 136,078 people[4], the population density reaches 873 people/km².

2. How is Dong Hoi city unique?

This city is located near the mouth of Nhat Le River and has 12 km of white sand beach. Nhat Le River flows through Dong Hoi, which has a favorable geographical location with beautiful resorts and beaches. Such as Nhat Le, Bao Ninh and Quang Phu. Dong Hoi is also located near Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, a famous world natural heritage, about 45 km northwest of here.

In addition, Dong Hoi city also has other tourist attractions such as Tam Toa Church Relics, Sun Spa Resort, war museum in Nghia Ninh commune, and many hotels and guesthouses serving tourists.

With wonderful natural beauty and attractive tourist attractions, Dong Hoi has become a great destination for tourists who want to experience the beauty of the blue sea and learn about the typical culture of the Quang Binh region.

3. When is the best time to visit Dong Hoi city?

Dong Hoi city is located to the east of the Truong Son range and has terrain that gradually tilts from West to East. Regarding climate, Dong Hoi is in the tropical monsoon region and is influenced by the ocean climate. The city has two distinct seasons of the year: the dry season and the rainy season.

The most suitable time for you to travel to Dong Hoi is April and May. If you want to swim, the best time to go to Dong Hoi is June and July.

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4. How to get to Dong Hoi City?

4.1 Moving To Dong Hoi City

4.1.1 By train

If you travel from Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue or Saigon, you can buy a train ticket to travel to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: the train from Hanoi – Dong Hoi takes about 10 hours. Seat tickets cost about 300,000 VND, bed tickets range from 500,000 – 700,000 VND depending on each floor. Those traveling from Vinh and Thanh Hoa can also use these trains.
  • From Da Nang, Hue: Hue is 160km from Dong Hoi, traveling by train takes about 3 hours. The distance from Da Nang to Dong Hoi is longer (about 270km), taking about 6 hours by train.
  • Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon you can book train tickets to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh station. The lowest ticket price is about 400,000 VND and can be up to 1,300,000 VND/ticket if you choose the type with better quality service.

4.1.2 By passenger car

When traveling to Dong Hoi, in addition to the train, you can choose to travel by bus.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: Dong Hoi tourist bus from Hanoi takes about 10 – 12 hours and costs 200,000 – 450,000 VND depending on the time. Buses from Hanoi usually depart at about 7:00 p.m. and arrive in Quang Binh at about 6:00 a.m. the next morning.
  • From Da Nang: the bus to Da Nang – Dong Hoi takes about 5 hours, available at any time. Reference ticket price: 150,000 VND.
  • Traveling from Saigon: you can catch a bus at Mien Dong bus station for about 500,000 – 600,000 VND. However, note that because of the distance, if you choose to take a bus, it will be quite difficult and time-consuming.

4.1.3 By plane

If you want to save more time, you can book a plane ticket to Dong Hoi.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: from Hanoi to travel to Dong Hoi, you can buy a plane ticket with a flight time of about 1 hour.
  • Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon to Dong Hoi by plane, flight time to Dong Hoi is about 1.5 hours. The advice for you is to consult and book tickets early to book tickets at good prices.

4.2 Means Of Transportation In Dong Hoi

To visit and explore Dong Hoi, you can rent a motorbike, electric car or take a taxi to get around.

  • Traveling by motorbike: If you travel to Dong Hoi – are someone who likes to explore and want to have new experiences. Then motorbike is the ideal means of transportation for you when traveling to Dong Hoi. Motorbike rental price in Dong Hoi is usually 130,000 VND per day/motorbike, 150,000 VND per day/scooter, 450,000 VND per day/cone motorbike.
  • Traveling by car/taxi/electric vehicle: According to Dong Hoi travel experience for families, traveling by car or taxi is the appropriate means. Especially with large groups, or groups with older people or young children. This form helps save costs and is more comfortable when moving to different locations.
  • Passenger car, bus: To travel to tourist destinations in Dong Hoi, you can choose a passenger car. Or you can travel by bus to ensure safety and save costs.
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5. Exploring the beauty of Dong Hoi city

5.1 Nhat Le Beach

Nhat Le Beach is one of the 10 most attractive landscapes in Vietnam. Nhat Le attracts tourists with its long stretch of white sand blending with blue sky, white clouds, and golden sunshine. Relaxing in hammocks facing the sea, splashing in the cool ocean water or participating in sports games. Such as volleyball, handball, and soccer is an experience not to be missed.

5.2 Dong Hoi Night Market

Dong Hoi Night Market opens from about 7:00 p.m. every day. The night market serves 80 dishes of street food, folk cuisine, especially Quang Binh specialties. Spacious spaces, booths mainly made of bamboo and rattan, roofed with palm leaves are a unique attraction of Dong Hoi night market.

5.3 Bell tower of Tam Toa church

The next destination on the Dong Hoi tourist map is Tam Toa church. Tam Toa Church is evidence of fierce war. Before being destroyed by American bombs, Tam Toa was one of the most beautiful churches in Vietnam. Currently, the church only has one brick pillar and a bell tower of more than ten meters remaining.

5.4 Phong Nha Cave

Located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Phong Nha Cave is known as “The First Cave of Thien Nam”. Coming to Phong Nha, you will explore a cave system 83m deep, 10m high with 12 main caves and countless sub-cave.

5.5 Mother Suot Monument

One of the tourist attractions in Dong Hoi that cannot be missed is the Mother Suot monument. Visiting the statue of Mother Suot standing sideways and rowing at the park next to the peaceful Nhat Le river will leave visitors with a lot of emotions.

The name Mother Suot belongs to the heroic mother Nguyen Thi Suot. During the years of resistance against America, Mother Suot bravely rowed a boat carrying goods, weapons and soldiers along the Nhat Le River.

5.6 Son Doong Cave

Son Doong Cave is the most famous tourist destination in Quang Binh for domestic and foreign tourists. Son Doong Cave belongs to Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and is also the largest cave in the world. Coming to Son Doong cave, you will have unique experiences:

  • Enjoying the magnificent landscape inside the cave with mountains, vast forests with diverse ecosystems, and a fast-flowing underground river.
  • Admiring the geological diversity with giant stalactite masterpieces, with stone columns over 70m high.
  • Swimming, camping and taking sparkling photos at Son Doong cave.

5.7 Bau Tro Lake

Bau Tro Lake is located in Hai Thanh ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. The name “Bau Tro” comes from the local language, in which “Bau” means lake, and “Tró” is the ancient language of the indigenous people. Bau Tro Lake is said to be the cleanest source of freshwater in the region, used by people only on important occasions such as parties or death anniversary offerings.

Bau Tro Lake is located more than 100 meters from the foot of Nhat Le beach and is shaped like a gourd, creating a beautiful landscape amidst pristine nature. Therefore, this place attracts tourists to sightsee, take pictures, relax and enjoy the fresh air.

In addition to the beautiful landscape, Bau Tro Lake also carries a special historical and cultural value. Considered the late Neolithic culture of the Central coastal region, the Bau Tro culture includes the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

5.8 Quang Binh Museum

Quang Binh Museum is located at 08 Hung Vuong Street, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. This location is right in the city center, very convenient for tourists who want to visit and explore.

Quang Binh Museum has an area of ​​up to 2,500 square meters and is located in the Dong Hoi Ancient Citadel area, which carries with it the heroic historical marks of Quang.

Construction of the Quang Binh Museum began in 2003 and took 13 years to collect data. Coming here, visitors can experience the richness and depth of information through a massive collection of artifacts.

The museum currently preserves more than 15,000 pictures and artifacts related to the culture and history of Quang Binh province through many different periods.

5.9 Dong Hoi Walking Street

Dong Hoi Walking Street is a newly opened tourist destination in Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh province, Vietnam. This place is organized in the form of “Slow Tourism”, allowing visitors to experience local life, visit, have fun, shop and enjoy the specialties of this land.

Along the walking street in Dong Hoi, there are many delicious restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, clothing stores and business stalls. Just spending an evening to visit this place, visitors will experience the excitement and bustle of the city at night.

Dong Hoi Walking Street also organizes interesting activities for visitors to participate in. The space on the street is decorated with LED lights and has ornamental plants along both sides. The main route is a space for pedestrians to participate in performing arts and street music activities.

5.10 Quang Binh Gate

Quang Binh Quan is a fortified citadel belonging to the Luy Thay system, built in 1639 and considered one of the most important relics in Dang Trong (ancient South Vietnam). Currently, it is a historical and cultural relic in Quang Binh, restored almost to its original form, becoming a living testament of history.

6. Specialties when traveling to Dong Hoi city

6.1. Quang Binh porridge soup

That is enjoying Quang Binh specialty – porridge soup. A bowl of fragrant porridge soup, a blend of spicy, sweet and rich broth. Banh canh noodles are made from rice flour and wheat flour and are both chewy and soft. Porridge soup is often eaten with fried rolls or hot fried ramen. The delicious broth is often simmered from pork bones or fish bones.

6.2. Bot loc cake

For breakfast in Dong Hoi, you cannot miss tapioca cake. People make tapioca cake from fresh cassava flour filled with shrimp, wood ear mushrooms, green beans, meat and wrapped in banana leaves on the outside. The rich, salty and sweet flavors interwoven make visitors captivated and unforgettable. Banh loc cake is often eaten with chopped green onions, fried onions and sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

6.3. Banh hoi

People make Banh hoi from rice flour, tapioca starch, and egg yolks. The filling includes bean sprouts, meat, and shrimp. People often enjoy banh hoi with raw vegetables and herbs. The unique flavor of banh hoi thanks to the dipping sauce. They made rich dipping sauce here from pork liver with crushed peanuts and sliced ​​chili.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Dong Hoi city

Because Dong Hoi city is a famous tourist destination in Vietnam, you don’t have to worry about where to stay. Below are some hotels that you can refer to when traveling to Dong Hoi.

  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa Resort. Address: Bao Ninh commune, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Melia Vinpearl Quang Binh. Address: Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Rex Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Nam Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Royal Quang Binh Hotel. Address: Hai Dinh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

Dong Hoi tourist area attracts many tourists every year. With a pristine coastline, long stretches of fine white sand, a system of majestic caves and famous specialties, Dong Hoi will certainly be the ideal destination to satisfy all tourists.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator. We will accompany you on your Quang binh tour to discover the Dong Hoi city with exciting activities and memorable experiences.

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