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Quang Binh Travel Guide

All things need to know before travelling to Quang Binh

Quang Binh is one of the most ideal places to explore famous natural wonders in Vietnam. This place has all the elements of topography and geomorphology, including: forests, mountains, sea, etc. In particular, this place also has the most beautiful cave system and is recognized by UNESCO as a heritage site. Let’s explore this beautiful land with Origin Vietnam.

1. Where is Quang Binh?

Quang Binh is a province located in the North Central Coast of Vietnam. About 500 km south of Hanoi capital, about 170 km from Hue city and about 275 km northwest of Da Nang city. With geographical location:

  • The North borders Ha Tinh.
  • The South borders Quang Tri
  • East sea bordering the east.
  • The West borders Lao PDR.

2. How is Quang Binh unique?

This land has more than 400 years of formation and development, carrying with it long-standing historical values. At the same time, Quang Binh is a convergence of natural and cultural elements of both South and North Vietnam. This place is also honored as the land of outstanding spiritual people, charming feng shui, and the intersection of many cultures.

Although Quang Binh’s area is not too large, it has forests, seas, mountains, rivers, and plains. Some interesting destinations when traveling to Quang Binh, such as Vung Chua – Yen Island, Phong Nha – Ke Bang, Nguyen Huu Canh tomb, Nhat Le beach,… Among them is the “cave kingdom” including 404 caves. big and small, beautiful pristine beaches and attractive spiritual destinations.

Quang Binh is located in the Northern Truong Son biodiversity area – home to a diverse and unique flora and fauna with many rare genetic resources. This place has a wide sea area, a long coastline with many beautiful beaches. Seafood resources are diverse and rich in species, including many rare seafood such as lobsters, tiger prawns, sea cucumbers, etc.

3. When is the best time to visit Quang Binh?

Quang Binh’s climate is located in the tropical monsoon region, with a transitional climate influence between North and South Vietnam. Divided into two distinct seasons: Dry season from April to August, rainy season from September of the previous year to March of the following year. Although the weather is a bit sunny in the dry season, most of the province is covered by sea and rivers so it is still quite cool.

Around April and May, the weather is no rain, dry, bright sunshine, airy sky, fresh air,…This is the most ideal time to travel to Quang Binh. If you want to freely swim in the sea or stream, you can go in June and July. In addition, you can also travel to Quang Binh for festivals. Such as:

  • Le Thuy traditional boat racing festival takes place on National Day September 2 every year.
  • Dong Hoi Culture and Tourism Week, Traditional Boat Racing Festival and Son River Carp Competition take place on April 30 and May 1.
  • The March full moon festival of Minh Hoa takes place in the third month of the lunar calendar.
  • Phong Nha Ke Bang Cave Festival takes place from July 20 to August 20.

The last months of the year, especially September to November, are stormy. You should consider and check the weather forecast before traveling to Quang Binh at this time.

4. How to get to Quang Binh?

4.1 Moving to Quang Binh

4.1.1 By train

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

  • Traveling from Hanoi: the train from Hanoi – Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh, traveling by train takes about 3 hours. The distance from Da Nang to Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh, in addition to the train, you can choose to travel by bus.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: Quang Binh 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 – Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh.

  • Traveling from Hanoi: from Hanoi to travel to Quang Binh, you can buy a plane ticket with a flight time of about 1 hour.
  • Traveling from Saigon: from Saigon to Quang Binh by plane, flight time to Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh

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

  • Traveling by motorbike: If you travel to Quang Binh – 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 Quang Binh. Motorbike rental price in Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh 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 Quang Binh, you can choose a passenger car. Or you can travel by bus to ensure safety and save costs.

5. Sightseeings in Quang Binh

5.1 Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha is one of the longest water caves in the world, and is also the only cave with an underground river in Vietnam that is exploited for tourism. Moreover, Phong Nha also owns many things, such as the highest and widest cave entrance, the most beautiful wide sand and rock beach, the most beautiful underground lake. Even the most magnificent and magical stalactites and the largest and most beautiful dry cave.

5.2 Son Doong Cave

Experienced tourists traveling to Quang Binh believe that exploring Son Doong cave is only really suitable for people with good health and adventure. Son Doong is the world’s largest natural cave with a stalactite system. Huge stalagmites rise from the ground to the ceiling of the cave, forming countless strange shapes.

5.3 Chay River – Dark Cave

This creature formed about 400 – 500 million years ago, used to be a bomb shelter during the resistance war against the US. Dark Cave has many multi-shaped and multi-colored stalactites. In particular, when coming here you will have interesting experiences, such as mud bathing in the cave; Zipline 400m across Chay River,…

5.4 Nhat Le Beach

Nhat Le Beach is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. Coming here, you will not only be able to dive in cool sea water; You can relax on the romantic beach with long stretches of white sand, rows of green casuarinas and towering coconut trees…You also have the opportunity to participate in beach games and enjoy delicious fresh seafood dishes. most here.

5.5 Mooc stream tourist area

Mooc Stream has beautiful natural scenery and a diverse ecosystem. Coming here, you will be immersed in the cool and clear emerald green water. Participating in new games such as kayaking, jumping, ziplining, etc. This is a destination that active young tourists should definitely not miss.

5.6 Canh Duong mural village

According to Quang Binh Travel Experience, this is one of the most unique check-in points in Quang Binh. Canh Duong Village is a coastal fishing village. After being covered with vivid 3D paintings, the village suddenly became famous, attracting tourists from near and far.

5.7 Paradise Cave

Paradise Cave – A unique natural wonder in Quang Binh, located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park. Considered the longest cave in Asia, with a length of up to 31.4 km, Paradise Cave was discovered in 2005 by cave experts of the Royal British Cave Association. This place is known as the “Underground Royal Palace” with its ravishing stalactites and stalagmites. It has formed over millions of years, creating a magical and splendid landscape.

To reach Paradise Cave, you will go through a green forest path, overcome 524 stone steps or 570 meters of flat road. When entering the cave door, you will immediately feel the coolness and quietness of the space inside. Thien Duong Cave is truly a destination not to be missed when you travel to Quang Binh. Where you have the opportunity to explore and experience the wonderful beauty of nature.

5.8 Cha Loi Cave

Cha Loi Cave is a unique cave in Le Thuy district, Quang Binh, in the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park area. Known by some names such as General’s Cave or Ong Giap’s Cave. Cha Loi Cave was once the resting place of General Vo Nguyen Giap and Vietnamese soldiers during the resistance war against the US.

With a three-storey structure, about 30 to 100m wide and 60m high on average. Cha Loi cave contains stalactites and stalagmites formed millions of years ago, creating a wonderful and magical landscape.

To explore Cha Loi cave, you will participate in adventure activities such as walking, crawling, climbing, and swimming. In the cave, you will see beautiful works of nature, such as the bust of General Vo Nguyen Giap made of stalactites, or the fresh blue water stream.

5.9 En Ruc Cave (Pygmy Cave)

Brilliant and majestic, Pygmy Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park, Quang Binh. In addition, Pygmy Cave, also famous as En Ruc Ca Roong Cave, was discovered in 1997 by British Royal cave experts. With a height of up to 100m, a width of about 845m and a depth of 94m. Pygmy Cave has been recognized as one of the fourth largest caves globally.

The cave entrance of Pygmy Cave is beautiful with thousands of swallows flying around, creating an impressive natural landscape. However, to get to Pygmy Cave, you will go through a challenging journey, more than 20km of trekking through primeval forest and overcoming many adventurous difficulties. Such as swinging in the cave, swimming in the underground river and even camping underground.

On this journey, you will be immersed in the magical beauty of nature, from the Kong sinkhole more than 450 m deep, the tropical forest inside the cave to the diverse and wonderful stalactite systems.

5.10 Duong Cam Waterfall

This is a majestic waterfall in Dong Chau – Khe Nuoc Trong natural reserve, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh. With an altitude of about 700m above sea level, a height of more than 100m and a width of about 30m. Duong Cam waterfall becomes a vivid and majestic natural picture, with rushing water flowing over the cliffs. It creates scenes of intense eruption.

When coming to Duong Cam waterfall, you will participate in adventurous activities and experience thrills. Such as swinging over the waterfall, trekking through primeval forests, and bathing in fresh streams. At the same time, you also have the opportunity to see the diversity of plants and rare animals in this area.

5.11 Ozo Quang Binh tourist area

Located in the middle of the green forest, Ozo Quang Binh tourist area is cool and pleasant all year round. Coming here, you can visit the primeval forest on 999m wooden stairs, explore various types of animals and plants and participate in many interesting activities. Such as: sky climbing, sky walking, arch walking, ziplining, kayaking, air skateboarding,…

5.12 Quang Binh Sao Bien Tourist Area

Sao Bien eco-tourism area is located in a prime location in Dong Hoi, where there is a beautiful beach and many green spaces designed in an interesting countryside style. In addition to the charming scenery, the tourist area also focuses on developing entertainment activities to serve tourists.

5.13 Da Nhay Beach

Considered a unique scenic spot in Quang Binh, Da Nhay beach is famous for possessing many rocks reaching out to the sea. Relaxing on the cliffs under the clear blue sea is an opportunity for you to take “lifetime” photos.

5.14 Quang Phu sand dunes

Quang Phu sand dunes are about 10 km from Dong Hoi center. From Dong Hoi, follow Tran Hung Dao street, turn to Nguyen Du, cross Truong Phap street, then turn left. Sand dunes are an extremely hot check-in location for young tourists, and are also where you can experience sandboarding.

5.15 Dong Hoi Market

Dong Hoi Market at night attracts a large number of tourists. Because at this time they can not only admire the poetic space when the city lights up shimmering beside the Nhat Le River. Also enjoy many rustic specialties. of the homeland of Quang Binh.

6. Specialties when traveling to Quang Binh

6.1 Fresh seafood

Traveling to Quang Binh, you cannot miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious fresh seafood such as clams, fish, shrimp, cockles, snails, etc. In particular, the squid dish here is very popular with tourists because of thick squid, sweet. No matter how it is prepared, it is extremely attractive.

6.2 Porridge soup

Porridge soup has a rich flavor from meat, fish, shrimp,…In which snakehead fish is an indispensable ingredient in a bowl of porridge and soup. A bowl of porridge is a harmonious combination of the white color of the flour, the yellow color of the snakehead fish, the pink color of the shrimp, the green color of the green onions,…And it has a unique flavor unique to Quang Binh.

6.3 Bot Loc cake

The filter pulp shell is thin, transparent, fragrant and flexible. The filling includes shrimp – caught in the estuary so it has a taste that is both sweet and a little salty of the sea, pork and wood ear mushrooms (mushrooms) stir-fried moderately thick and fragrant with pepper. Quang Binh tapioca cake really becomes impressive when dipped in sweet and sour fish sauce and a few leaves of raw vegetables.

6.4 Nam cake

The cake is made from smooth white rice flour, covered with fragrant filling. The filling includes minced shrimp, pork and wood ear mushrooms, then stir-fried with onions and garlic until golden brown. Hot cakes wrapped in banana leaves and dipped in Quang Binh fish sauce are delicious.

6.5 Banh Hoi

Although it looks quite similar to Banh Xeo (Southern) and Banh Goi (Northern), the unique flavor of banh hoi still brings a very different feeling. The crust is made from ground rice flour, mixed with turmeric powder and chicken eggs to give it a beautiful yellow color. The filling includes bean sprouts, meat, and shrimp. When eaten, the cake will be served with herbs, lettuce, green bananas, sour star fruit and a rich dipping sauce with a bit of nutty peanuts.

6.6 Banh Beo

The simple dish is so familiar to Quang Binh people that it is easy to find a Banh Beo shop everywhere. Banh Beo with shrimp and lice has now become a specialty that attracts tourists. The cakes are thin, small and beautiful, fragrant with the scent of new rice, soft and flexible, sprinkled with golden prawns, rich in spices and a little crispy pork rinds. Dip with sweet and spicy fish sauce, all the flavors of the cake blend together to make diners remember it forever.

6.7 Eel porridge

This is a memorable country dish for tourists when traveling to Quang Binh. The fresh eel pieces are stir-fried with meat before to absorb the spices, spicy and tingling, fragrant with pepper, making the porridge more flavorful. A bowl of hot, fragrant eel porridge, each piece of eel is juicy and flavorful with chopped coriander and onions.

6.8 Oyster porridge

After cleaning, fresh oysters are stir-fried to absorb spices, fragrant with onions and slightly spicy with pepper and chili. Wherever the customer calls, the shop owner puts the oysters into pre-cooked rice porridge, heats it up, and adds herbs and chopped green onions. Thus, oyster porridge is greasy, delicious and full of nutrition.

6.9 Snakehead fish porridge

This is a rustic dish made from brown rice flour and snakehead fish. It’s called porridge, but the form of this dish resembles Banh Canh. Red rice is thoroughly soaked, ground into flour, and then kneaded until smooth. Then it is rolled into small fibers and boiled. When eating, the cake dough is placed in a bowl. Place the snakehead fish on top with a little cilantro and pepper and add broth. The broth has a special sweet taste, the noodles are chewy and crispy and very delicious.

6.10 Phong Nha Son river fish

After visiting Phong Nha, don’t forget to try fish dishes raised on the Son River. This place has clear and clean water, the fish’s food is mainly plankton algae from the river bed, so the sweet and fragrant fish meat is very different. Then restaurant chefs will process fish into many dishes such as stewed, braised, steamed, grilled,… extremely attractive.

7. Accommodation when traveling to Quang Binh

It is not difficult for you to choose a place to stay in Quang Binh because the system of resorts, hotels, motels, and homestays here is very diverse. Depending on your financial ability and service needs, you can choose a 3-star – 5-star hotel. Especially, some accommodation spots with good services are highly appreciated by tourists, such as:

7.1 Resorts:

  • MANLI Resort Quang Binh. Address: No. 379 Truong Phap, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Gold Coast Hotel Resort & Spa. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap Street, Bao Ninh, Bao Ninh Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Sun Spa resort. Address: Vo Nguyen Giap street, My Canh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.2 Hotels:

  • Muong Thanh Holiday Quang Binh. Address: No. 119 Truong Phap, Hai Thanh ward, Hai Thanh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Vinpearl Hotel Quang Binh. Address: Quach Xuan Ky, Hai Dinh, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Muong Thanh Luxury Nhat Le Hotel. Address: 121 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Nam Long Hotel. Address: 22 Ho Xuan Huong, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Riverside Hotel. Address: 15 Truong Phap, Dong My, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

7.3 Homestays:

  • Ocean View Homestay. Address: Truong Phap Street, Quang Phu Village, Quang Phu Commune, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Dolphin Homestay. Address: 42 Nguyen Du, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • RiverView HomeStay. Address: 93 Truong Phap, Bac Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • ADP Homestay. Address: 42 Le Quy Don, Dong My, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.

7.4 Guesthouses:

  • High Dream Hostel. Address: 72 Cao Ba Quat, Dong An, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Motel April 30. Address: Truong Phap Street, Hai Thanh Ward, Dong Hoi City, Quang Binh.
  • Tinh Tam Guesthouse. Address: 44 Ly Thuong Kiet, Dong Phu ward, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Phuong Anh Guesthouse. Address: 48 Le Quy Don, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.
  • Thien Loc Guesthouse. Address: 27A Hoang Dieu, Nam Ly, Dong Hoi city, Quang Binh.

8. Some necessary notes when traveling to Quang Binh

To make your upcoming trip to Quang Binh more meaningful and complete, please refer to some notes below:

  • Quang Binh is famous for its Lao wind and white sand, so if you go during the dry season, the sun will be very strong. Therefore, you should bring these items with you when coming to Quang Binh. Such as: sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, face shield, swimsuit, eyeglasses,…
  • Bring all necessary personal belongings, money, vehicle documents, and identification documents while traveling in Quang Binh.
  • Carefully check the rented motorbike upon receipt to ensure you rent a satisfactory quality motorbike and ensure the safety of your journey.
  • Especially, before buying souvenirs, using services or buying anything, you should bargain to get the most suitable price. Avoid being bought at a higher price than it actually is.
  • You can bring some snacks and drinks in case you need to replenish energy when needed.
  • When visiting caves, you should wear soft, low-soled shoes to make it easier and more convenient to move around. You also spend a lot of time traveling by walking.

Although Quang Binh’s climate is harsh, it is compensated by nature with beautiful creative values ​​that cannot be found anywhere else. Besides, with the above Quang Binh travel experiences, you will have wonderful experiences when coming to the tourist paradise of Central Vietnam.

If you are planning your upcoming vacation to Quang Binh, please contact Origin Vietnam – the leading tour operator in Vietnam. We will share and provide other useful information about the destination, and accompany you on your tours in Vietnam to discover the travel beauty of Quang Binh. We are committed to bringing you a memorable vacation with unforgettable experiences.

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