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Top Things to Do in Hue – Vietnam. What to do in Hue for 3 days?

Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam. I visited Hue twice with many different emotions, but one thing never changes, the silence. Any one who visited Hue probably have had similar experiences. There seems so few people on the streets, life is passing very slow, and even a little sad. So, why go to Hue?!

Hue is the capital of Vietnam’s last feudalistic dynasty, hence preserves numerous pagodas, temples, palaces and especially the magnificent citadel. And the people of this ancient capital are amazingly wonderful too. Don’t forget the local food! Definitely worth a visit! In this article, I’m happy to share with you my experiences, tips and things to do in Hue – Vietnam. 

Top Things to Do in Hue - Vietnam
Top Things to Do in Hue – Vietnam

How to get to Hue

If you’re in Hanoi or Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city), you can travel to Hue by bus or train. While bus is generally faster and more convenient with many high quality companies offering sleeper services, train is also a good choice for those who prefer a more peaceful trip.

25 best hotels in Dalat, Vietnam

Dalat is such a cool getaway from the tropical heat. To make your trip even more unforgettable, here are my review for the 25 best hotels in Dalat, out of 200 hotels in the Dream City. The list includes budget to moderate and upscale options.

Here we go.

I. 1-star hotels in Dalat

1. Dalat Flower hotel

Rates from $10 – $39

The Dalat Flower’s staffs are enthusiastic and very friendly. They are willing to guide you in detail about Dalat tourism. Rooms are clean, cool and fragrant, especially cleaned many times a day, which is rare for hotels of this range. The hotel is in the city center, closed to Dalat market, Xuan Huong lake so it’s very convenient for travelling. 

Dalat Flower hotel
Dalat Flower hotel

The only con of Dalat Flower is that it’s located in a small alley so you should not go back to the hotel too late at night. 

For me, this hotel is excellent in quality for that price when compared to other 1-star hotels (even 2-star) in Dalat. 

Travel guide: Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen Vietnam travel guide for 3 days

Phu Yen is a coastal province in South-Central Vietnam, located on 1A highway – the most important route from North to South of Vietnam. Bestowed with unparalleled coastline and spectacular geographic structures, Phu Yen has gain significant popularity among local travellers, especially after one of the movies was casted here. Grand, Peaceful and so many Shades of Green and Blue. Here are some things and recommended itinerary to catch up once you’re there!

Tuy Hoa city of Phu Yen - Vietnam travel guide
Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen – Vietnam travel guide

In this article: How to get Tuy Hoa | Hotels | Restaurants | Itinerary for 3 days 

Travel guide: Buon Ma Thuot – the “coffee capital” of Vietnam

Buon Ma Thuot (Buôn Ma Thuột) is the heart of Dak Lak (Đắk Lắk) province and Central Highlands (Tây Nguyên) of Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot was built over 1 century ago, when the French people were still in Vietnam and built the ruling fortress in this area. 

Before becoming a city, this land was a very big village with over 50 Long Houses (Nhà Dài – a unique house of ethnic groups in Highlands), each of which is home to 30-40 people. The entire village was led by the chief Ama Thuot (Ama Thuột) who is very reputed and powerful. Therefore, the name of village, Buon Ma Thuot, was named after the chief. The word “Buon” means village in Vietnamese, so “Buon Ma Thuot” means the village of chief Ama Thuot. 

In Vietnam, Buon Ma Thuot is very famous for coffee (origin of the tastiest coffee of Vietnam), big flocks of elephantunique houses of ethnic groups, as well as majestic nature of Central Highlands

Buon Ma Thuot city - Vietnam travel guide
Buon Ma Thuot travel guide

In the article: Best times to visit | How to get Buon Ma Thuot | Hotels | Attractions | Specialties | Itineraries 

Travel guide: Binh Ba Island – Cam Ranh Bay

Binh Ba island (Đảo Bình Ba) is a beautiful island not far from mainland, about 20 km (13 miles), located in Cam Ranh bay, Cam Binh ward – Cam Ranh city – Khanh Hoa province (60 km or 39 miles from Nha Trang and 15km or 10 miles from Cam Ranh airport). 

The island is also known under the name Lobster island (đảo Tôm Hùm), because this place is famous for big and tasty lobsters. Unlike its noisy, bustling and urbanized neighbors (Nha Trang, Mui Ne – Phan Thiet), Binh Ba’s sea is pristine with two long and beautiful beaches.

Binh Ba island - Cam Ranh bay travel guide
Binh Ba island – Cam Ranh bay travel guide

Travelling to Binh Ba is quite easy and convenient. Following informations will help you have a perfect trip.

In the article: How to get the island | Hotes | Attractions | Specialties 

How to get to Binh Ba island

You have to get to Cam Ranh first, then take a boat to Binh Ba island. There’re 2 ways to get Cam Ranh. 

By plane: 

There’re many fights from Hanoi, Sai Gon to Nha Trang. You can consult the route and time of flights on websites of VietnamAirlines or VietJetair. 

By bus: 

* From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), it takes around 10 hours for a 540km (340 miles) trip.

There’re many bus firms to Cam Ranh, fares about $11 for a bed or $8 for a seat. You can consult some reputed bus firms such as: 

– Ha Linh bus. I think this firm is best. Add: 217 Pham Ngu Lao street – 1 district – Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +8483.920.9470

– Phuong Trang. 292 Dinh Bo Linh street – Binh Thanh – Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +8483.8309.309

– Hanh cafe. 229 Pham Ngu Lao street – 1 district. Tel: +848.3920.5679 or +848.3837.6429

– Sinh Cafe. 246-248 De Tham street – 1 district. Tel: +848.3838.9597

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* From Hanoi. The distance is 1400km (880 miles), which takes under 30 hours. Fare of buses from Hanoi is about $40 to $45. Some reliable firms are:

– Hoang Long bus. Add: Giap Bat bus station – Km 6 Giai Phong street – Hoang Mai district, Tel: +844.3664.6617 or My Dinh bus station – 20 Pham Hung – My Dinh, tel: +844.3795.1776

– Sinh Cafe (open tour). 38 Ly Nam De street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi. Tel:+8498.8757.689

If go by bus, you need to tell driver to drop you at Cam Ranh post office or Cam Ranh bus station. These are close to Ba Ngoi port (cảng Ba Ngòi) where you will take boat to Binh Ba island. There’s only one trip from mainland to the island at 10a.m everyday, and 2 trip back from island to mainland at 5a.m and 12a.m. 

Binh Ba isalnd travel guide
Residential area Binh Ba island

Hotels and motels on Binh Ba island

There are not so many choice, and no luxury hotels on Binh Ba island too. Here are a few recommendations:

1. Mrs. Dung’s motel, tel +84972.332.202, about $4/night, and $4/meal. 

2. Mrs. Tuyen’s motel, +84914.493.793, cool and spacious motel, comparable to Mrs. Dung’s motel. Additionally, you can buy seafood (lobster, snail,…) to eat in hotel with affordable price. 

3. For homestay, you can contact Mr. Tu +8494.2016.958, who offers spacious, clean and comfortable house, close to market and beaches, suitable for big group of 20 people. 

bai nom beach on Binh Ba island vietnam
Nom beach (bãi Nồm)

Where to visit and play on Binh Ba island

You are advised to spend 2 days for the attractive sites and interesting activities on Binh Ba: 

1. Nom beach (bãi Nồm) is a sandy beach with clean and blue water. Most of locals and tourists choose this place to entertain. 

2. Chuong beach (bãi Chướng) has many rock and reef, more for sightseeing and seafood.

Besides Nom and Chuong beaches, if you can rent a boat to visit other distant beaches then very amazing. 

3. Historic sites from wartime (over 1 century ago) such as blockhouses, cannon, tunnel through mountain,…

Several interesting activities that you can’t miss: 

Diving in Binh Ba island cam ranh bay
Diving in Binh Ba

4. Get up early to watch sunrise, as Binh Ba is among the first place in Vietnam to welcome sunrise. Not a bad idea!

5. Fishing and squidding. You can contact boat owners to enjoy this service. Fishing is usually in the early morning while squidding is at night. 

6. Diving to watch reef. If you don’t have much time, you can dive at Nha Cu beach (bãi Nhà Cũ – on the island).

7. Travelling around island. You can rent a motorbike to take a tour around island, visit historic sites from wartime, go to the peak of hill to have the entire island in your view and a part of Cam Ranh bay. 

8. Catch Cong (Còng – a kind of crab) in the evening. There’re many Cong on Binh Ba beaches. When the night falls, you will hold a lamp, find and chase after them, very interesting. What’s even more interesting is when you get to fry and try them!

Tour guide service on Binh Ba island

You can contact Mr. Quy +8493.2536.997 (or +8497.2000.784) or Mr. Hau +84123.3157.654 (owner of a fish boat) for a guide and information on the island. 

Lobster - The most famous specialty of Binh Ba island
Lobster – The most famous specialty of Binh Ba island

Specialties of Binh Ba island

Don’t miss Binh Ba’s lobster (tôm hùm), which is fresh for 30%-60% cheaper than restaurants on mainland. There’re 2 types of lobster: alive and dead. Alive lobster is from $70-$90. Dead lobster is from $20-$30, which is also still very fresh and tasty coz they only just die anyway.

Additionally, there’re many fresh seafood on the island: many kinds of fish and snail, squid, sea ​​urchin. Indulge yourself generously!

25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Mui Ne Phan Thiet is a coastal city famous for many luxury resorts runing along the coast. Sea creates the beauty of Phan Thiet and also brings in the diverse seafood sources. Phan Thiet’s cuisine is very diverse, from luxury to popular dishes, serving all needs of customers. 

Phan Thiet cuisine has a very special characteristic: all of dishes are slightly sweeter compared to other places. However, you will be addicted soon. The highlights of Phan Thiet cuisine are fish cake noodle (bánh canh chả cá), duck Hu Tieu (Hủ tiếu vịt – a kind of noodle), Quang noodle (mì Quảng), baked rice paper, (bánh tráng nướng), pancake (bánh xèo),… 

25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne Phan Thiet
25 specialties and best restaurants in Mui Ne Phan Thiet

In this article, I’m going to list the famous specialties and good restaurants in Phan Thiet Mui Ne.

Travel guide: Quy Nhon – the “martial land” of Vietnam

Quy Nhon (Quy Nhơn) is a coastal city of Binh Dinh province (Central Vietnam). People here are very very kind-hearted and nice. Quy Nhon is famous for beautiful landscapes such as Genh Rang (Gềnh Ráng), Bai Trung beach (Bãi Trứng) where Nam Phuong queen used to bath, Trung Luong beach, Han Mac Tu tomb – a famous poet living in the beginning of the 20th century, and many more other places. 

Especially, Binh Dinh is also called Martial Land (Đất Võ) because it is hometown of Quang Trung King, a great king in Vietnam’s history who defeated Thanh dynasty (Qing, a big dynasty of China) in their attack in the 17th century. So, don’t miss the chance to learn about our great king at Quang Trung museum. Following is some information and experiences about Quy Nhon – Binh Dinh tourism.

In this article: How to get to Quy Nhon | Hotels | Specialties | Attractions | Itineraries 

Quy Nhon Binh Dinh travel guide - Things to do in Quy Nhon
Quy Nhon Binh Dinh travel guide – Things to do in Quy Nhon

Travel guide: Phu Yen – An emerging charm

Phu Yen is a coastal city in Central Vietnam. It is a beautiful land with nice beaches, along with special culture of the South-Central region. Phu Yen has a lot of tourist attractions; most notably are Ganh Da Dia – which is a rocky beach where all the rocks have plate shape, Vung Ro bay and O Loan swamp, etc. The city also has many famous specialties. 

Below are some Phu Yen travel experiences which I had from my trips, my friends’ trips and collected from several Vietnam travel forums.

In the article: How to get | Renting vehicles | Attractions | Hotels | Specialties

Phu Yen - the land in South-Central Vietnam
Phu Yen – the land in South-Central Vietnam

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How to get to Phu Yen

The center of Phu Yen is Tuy Hoa city. There are many ways to get to Tuy Hoa: Train, bus and plane of Vietnam Airlines. 

1. By bus

* From Ho Chi Minh city

The distance between HCM City and Tuy Hoa is more than 500km (310 miles). Averagely, it takes over 10 hours to get to Tuy Hoa from HCM City and the fare is about $15. Some popular bus agencies: 

– Hoang Long bus at Mien Dong bus station (Bến xe Miền Đông on Dinh Bo Linh street – HCM city). Tel: +848.2243.8989 

– Thuan Thao bus starts from Mien Dong bus station at different time during the day. There are 2 types of ticket: seat and bed, you should choose bed ticket as you are likely to get tired because of the long distance. Tel: +8457.382.1111 or +8457.382.0303

– Cuc Tu bus is of fine quality. Contact the ticket office at Mien Dong bus station by calling +8489.019.090, or at Tuy Hoa city by calling +84573.382.4227

– Binh Phuong bus: Contact the ticket office at Mien Dong bus station by calling +8491.347.7751, or at Tuy Hoa city by calling +8457.382.6632 or +8457.383.6767

* From Hanoi capital

The distance between Hanoi and Tuy Hoa is 1200km (750 miles). Averagely, it takes over 30 hours to arrive in Tuy Hoa from Hanoi. The fare is about $35 to $40. Suggested bus agency:

– Hoang Long bus (this is best agency I know) leaves at 3 Nguyen Khoai street – Hai Ba Trung district – Hanoi. Tel: +8443.987.7225

Phu Yen sea in Vietnam
Phu Yen sea

2. Train

* From Hanoi capital

There are many trains during a day. You can buy the train ticket at: 

– TSC agency (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (Spring) agency (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi railway station on Le Duan street

* From Sai Gon city

– Sai Gon railway station:  No. 01 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Tel (Answer phone): +848 39 310 666 

– For more information, call +848 3931 8952 or +848 3846 6091 

– To buy ticket, contact the ticket office at +848 38 436 524 or +848 38 468 701

Sai Gon station will deliver the ticket to your hotel if requests at +848 8436 528. The delivery service is available only within the city from 7:00 to 21:00 everyday.  

3. By plane

You can learn about the traveling time, routes and book ticket on the website of Vietnam Airlines: www.VietnamAirlines.com. And remember to book soon early to get promotions for good fare. 

Phu Yen lighthouse - Vietnam
Phu Yen lighthouse

Vehicle leasing service in Phu Yen

You can rent vehicles at your hotel if they have this service. If not, you may contact:

Motorbike

– Mr. Sang, the owner of a cafe at 2 Le Thanh Ton – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +849.3407.4522

– Phu Viet travel company. Tel: +849.0528.0452

Car

– Hong Vinh at 46 Tran Hung Dao – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +849.0582.5005 or +849.1349.5432

– Thanh Binh hotel at 126 Le Thanh Ton – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +8457.3823.942

– Anh Tuan company at 337 Nguyen Hue – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +8457.382.3569

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Where to visit in Phu Yen

1. Nhan mountain (núi Nhạn) – Da river (sông Đà) are in center of Tuy Hoa. On Nhan mountain, there is Cham ethnic’s tower which is 800 years old. You may climb the mountain, get an overall view of Tuy Hoa and take photos at Cham ethnic’s tower. The mountain is more beautiful at night. 

2. Buu Lam pagoda is located at the foot of Chop Dai mountain, 5km (over 3 miles) away from the city. The pagoda is famous for its massive and sacred Buddha statues. After visiting the pagoda, you may also climb to the Chop Dai summit to observe the entire city and surrounding area.

3. Ganh Da Dia. This is a must-see place, it’s very special. I could not believe that they are totally natural because all of the rocks have plain plate shape

Ganh Da Dia in Phu Yen Vietnam
Ganh Da Dia. Do you believe they’re natural rocks

Ganh Da Dia is 30km (19miles) away from the city, you can take route 1A from Hanoi. When arriving at Chi Thanh junction, going straight ahead for about 1,2km (0.75miles), you will see Lo Go bridge. Go through the bridge and keep going for about 7km (4.4miles), and you will get to Ganh Da Dia. You should also visit Ganh Den (which has a lighthouse). This is only a few hundreds of meters from there. 

4. Vung Ro bay (vịnh Vũng Rô) – Da Bia mountain (núi Đá Bia) are 2 places near each other. Vung Ro bay is surrounded by many stone mountains and has 12 small beaches. You can rent a boat to explore the bay. You can also climb Da Bia mountain, which is near the bay. 

5. O Loan swamp is a big swamp. It is very beautiful at sunset and sunrise. O Loan is 25km away from Tuy Hoa, and close to Route 1A. After visiting the swamp, don’t forget to enjoy delicious seafood dishes and specialties of the region at several restaurants. 

6. Vuc Hom water fall. The road to Vuc Hom is quite rough but the waterfall is very nice. Around the fall are some other attractions such as Ganh Da Dia. Take Route 1A from Hanoi. Once getting to Hoa Da junction, turn left and keep going for about 20km (12,5 miles). Then take the earthen road for about 10km. During the journey, you should ask the local people about the way to Vuc Hom waterfall (thác Vực Hòm). You will have to go through 1km (0,6 miles) of earth road of poor conditions before arriving at the fall. 

Vung Hom waterfall in Phu Yen Vietnam
Vung Hom waterfall. Outside is more beautiful than photo

7. Long Thuy beach and Chua islet. These attractions are 9km (5.6miles) from the city. To get there, take Route 1A towards Ganh Da Dia. On the road, you will see a sign: “Thanh Luong pagoda (chùa Thanh Lương) 1500m”. Take that way and keep going to the end of road, you will see an immense sea. From here, you can see Chua islet which is very close. You will have to rent a boat to reach the islet. There are a lot of fish boats around the dock.

Hotels and motels in Phu Yen

In Tuy Hoa, there are many hotels with the average price from $8 to $15 on Hung Vuong street

Some hotels:

1. Anh Tuan 1 & 2 hotels. Both of them are on Hung Vuong street. Tel (Anh Tuan 2): +8457.381.1711, and (Anh Tuan 1): +8457.3841.999

2. Nhiet Doi hotel is at 216 Nguyen Hue – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +8457.382.2424 or +8498.571.5334 or +8491.347.2633. It’s a new hotel with good rooms. The price is less than $10. You can also rent motorbikes here. 

3. Cong Doan hotel (Union hotel) is close to the beach. Add: 53 Doc Lap street – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +8457.382.3187. The price is 15$ for a double room. It includes a breakfast for 2. Rooms at the hotel have nice view overlooking the sea.

Deluxe hotel

4. Cendeluxe 5-star hotel is at 2 Hai Duong street – Tuy Hoa. Tel: +84573.818.818

5. Dai Lanh resort is nice, spacious and quiet. Contact Mrs. Phung at +8490.868.7679

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O Loan swamp in Phu Yen Vietnam
Sunset in O Loan swamp

Specialties and restaurants in Phu Yen

Phu Yen has rich culture and tradition, so Phu Yen cuisine is also very diverse. For example, some traditional dishes of Phu Yen include Pork rice paper (bánh tráng), pancake (bánh xèo), noodle soup (bánh canh), etc. Besides, the city also has several specialties such as tuna, spider crab of Song Cau or oysters of O Loan, etc.

The following are some restaurants to enjoy Phu Yen specialties: 

1. Le Duan pancake is a sidewalk restaurant, near Dien Bien Phu – Le Duan intersection. The restaurant opens only in the afternoon, from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. Pancake in Phu Yen is very different from that in the Central or the South of Vietnam. 

2. There is another pancake restaurant at 20 Le Thanh Ton. The price is from $0.2 to $0.25 for each piece which is accompanied by tasty sauce. 

3. Thinh Nam restaurant at 6 Bach Dang street, Tuy Hoa serves seafood dishes. The famous dishes are tuna and tuna’s eye. It might sound a bit terrible but very tasty indeed. You should eat tuna first, then try tuna’s eye dish. 

Tuna's eye specialties in Phu Yen Vietnam
Tuna’s eye is not as terrible as you think

4. Tuyet Nhung chicken rice restaurant on Le Thanh Ton street serves very tasty and cheap chicken rice of only $1. 

Rice restaurant is at 57 Duy Tan street. The food is cheap and tasty too. The price is $1/plate.

Another tasty restaurant is on Thanh Thai street, opposite a supermarket. 

5. Grilled corn with sauce is sold at Hung Vuong – Nguyen Hue intersection. 

6. Fried roll lizard is a specialty of the South-Central region. This is sold at Tran Quy Cap – Nguyen Con Tru intersection. 

7. Sauce noodle is on Nguyen Hue street, near a park. 

8. Egg rice paper is sold at 100th tree on Le Trung Kien street. 

9. Bánh bèo (mini topped pancake) is sold at the foot of Nhan mountain. Its price is $0.8/plate. The food stall also serves noodle soup ($0.5/bowl) and pancake. 

Cuckweed cake bánh bèo specialties in Phu Yen Vietnam
Bánh bèo

10. Nhu Y rice at 8 Nguyen Cong Tru serves extremely tasty and cheap dishes. 

Some famous seafood restaurants

11. Seafood restaurant at Luong Van Chanh – Nguyen Hue intersection

12. Tran Phu restaurant on Tran Phu street, 200m (660ft) from Phu Yen museum towards the beach

13. Tay Du Ky at the beginning of Ba Trieu street, near Lac Long Quan street. 

14. Phi Hoa Sua at the junction, on the middle slope of Le Thanh Phuong street. 

15. Tuna restaurant at Le Duan – Dien Bien Phu intersection

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Travel guide: Quang Binh, Vietnam – The land of wonders

The top tourist attractions in Quang Binh include Phong Nha cave, which is known as “Vietnam’s best cave” (Nam thiên đệ nhất Động), Thien Duong cave (Paradise cave), and Phong Nha Ke Bang national park – a World Natural Heritage. In addition, there are various beautiful beaches such as Nhat Le or Da Nhay (Dancing Stone) under Da Nhay mountain pass. The best time to visit Quang Binh is summer when you can climb up the mountains and swim down in the sea at the same time. 

You should stay at Quang Binh for at least 2 days to fully experience this place.

In this article: How to get to Quang BinhHotels | Renting vehicles | Itinerary for 2 days 

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Quang Binh - Vietnam travel guide
Quang Binh – Vietnam

How to get to Quang Binh

From Hanoi and Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh city), you may go by train, bus or plane to Dong Hoi (the centre of Quang Binh province).

1. By train

* From Hanoi

There are many trains to Dong Hoi during the day (about 8 trains). The distance between Hanoi and Dong Hoi is about 600km (375 miles), so it often takes less than 10 hours to get there. You can buy train ticket at: 

– TSC agency (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agency (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi railway station on Le Duan street

* From Sai Gon

There are about 8 trains to Dong Hoi within a day too. The distance between Sai Gon and Dong Hoi is about 1250km (750miles), so it often takes more than 20 hours to get there. You can buy ticket at: 

– Sai Gon railway station:  01 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +848 39 310 666 

– For more information: +848 3931 8952 or +848 3846 6091 

– Contact the ticket office at +848 38 436 524 or +848 38 468 701

Sai Gon railway station will deliver ticket to your hotel if you request at +848 8436 528. The delivery service is available only within the city from 7:00 to 21:00 everyday.  

Paradis Thien Duong cave in Quang Binh Vietnam
Paradise cave

2. By high quality bus (sleeper bus)

* From Hanoi

It takes about 12 hours to get to Dong Hoi – Quang Binh by bus. Some popular bus agencies:

– Hoang Long bus. Add: 3 Nguyen Khoai – Hai Ba Trung district – Hanoi (Luong Yen bus station). Tel: +844.3987.7225

– Sinh Cafe (open tour): 38 Ly Nam De – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi. Tel:+8498.8757.689

– Dong Hien bus: 281 Doi Can – Ba Dinh district. Tel: +844.3832.7330 

– Hung Long bus: 338 Tran Khat Chan – Cau Giay District – Hanoi. Tel: +844.3972.4505 or +84914.077.779

* From Sai Gon

It takes less than 40 hours to get to Quang Binh by bus. 

– Hoang Long bus. 292 Dinh Bo Linh – Binh Thanh district – Ho Chi Minh City (Mien Dong bus station). Tel: +848.2243.8989 

– Sinh Cafe. 246-248 De Tham street – District 1. Tel: +848.3838.9597

3. By plane

There are flights of Vietnam Airlines to Dong Hoi. You may book ticket on their website at www.vietnamairlines.com 

Phong Nha cave in Quang Binh Vietnam
Phong Nha cave

Hotels in Quang Binh

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– Duong Sat guest house is near Dong Hoi railway station. The price is $8/day for a twin room (cheap but far from the beach). Contact Mr. Hai at +84982.079.969 or +845.2383.8904

– Tu Linh hotel at 21 Truong Phap street – Dong Hoi, opposite to Nhat Le beach. The price is $10/day for 4 people. Call +845.2382.1324

I stayed at these hotels during my trips to Quang Binh, they’re quite good for you to consider. In addition, I have found some other good ones:

– Cong Doan Nhat Le hotel on Truong Phap street – Dong Hoi. Price: $13 – $15. Tel: +8452.822.369

– Phuong Nam hotel at 10 Quang Trung street – Dong Hoi city. Price:  $10 – $20. Tel: +8452.820.390

– Phong Nha hotel at 5 Truong Phap street. Price: $20 – $40. Tel: +8452.824.971

Vehicles renting in Quang Binh

Most hotels provide vehicles renting service (motorbikes). If not, you may contact:

– Xuyen Viet taxi. Region 10 – Dong Phu ward – Dong Hoi. Tel: +84523.84.84.84. You can hire 4-seat and 7-seat cars (with or without driver). 

– Ngoc Thanh in Bac Nghia ward – Dong Hoi. Tel: +8452.377.0417

If you travel in a big group, you may contact:

– Vinh Ha: 9-12-16-seat cars. Add: Huu Nghi street – Dong Hoi. Tel: +8452.382.3371 or +84912. 585.656

– Hong Hoa: 12 to 35-seat cars at 78 Le Loi – Dong Hoi. Tel: +8452.382.4537 or +8491.8186.902

Danced Stone beach (bãi Đá Nhảy) Quảng Bình Việt Nam
Da Nhay beach (bãi Đá Nhảy)

Quang Binh travel itinerary for 2 days

Day 1

Upon reaching Dong Hoi, rent a motorbike or a car to travel.

In the morning, play at Nhat Le beach in the city center.

In the afternoon, get to Da Nhay beach, which is about 30km (19 miles) from Dong Hoi towards Hanoi. Next, visit Vuc Quanh ecotourism area, on Ho Chi Minh Highway – 7km (4 miles) from Dong Hoi.

In the evening, stroll around the streets, enjoy the wind along the river bank or visit Me Suot monument. 

Day 2

You should buy a tour to visit Thien Duong cave (Paradise cave – a beautiful and majestic cave that you can’t miss), and Phong Nha Ke Bang national park (World Natural Heritage) including such beauty spots as Tien Son cave, Phong Nha cave, Tam Co cave and Nuoc Mooc stream. 

In the tour, you will visit Thien Duong cave in the morning and Phong Nha Ke Bang in the afternoon. 

You can buy a tour at your hotel or at Phong Nha Discovery company. Tours will finish at 6pm. 

Nuoc Moc streem in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park Quang Binh
Nuoc Moc stream in Phong Nha Ke Bang national park

If you have one more day

You may visit the rest of the attractions. Most of them are historical sites. There are not many special things to visit. The following are some of the sites: 

– Truong Son cemetery is the cemetery exclusively for martyrs. 

– Hien Luong bridge over Ben Hai river used to be the border dividing Vietnam into 2 separate parts during the war from 1954 to 1975. 

– Vinh Moc tunnel is an underground military structure including kilometers of tunnels and other underground structures. 

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Top things to do in Nha Trang – The heaven of beach tourism in Vietnam

Nha Trang is a coastal city in Khanh Hoa in the Central of Vietnam. There are a lot of beautiful and sunny beaches and blue sea in Nha Trang. This is an ideal destination to visit in Vietnam from July to September, when other parts of the country are suffering from harsh weather conditions. To help you have a perfect trip, I will share my experiences and top things to do in Nha Trang – Vietnam. 

Best time to visit Nha Trang

July to September is the best time to visit Nha Trang. During this time, Nha Trang is full of sunshine, which is totally different from Hanoi and Saigon with heavy rain and stormy weather. Therefore, there is nothing comparable to spending this time resting on a cruise or on the beach in Nha Trang.

In this article: How to get to Nha Trang | Hotels | Restaurants | Specialties to gift | What to play 

Top things to do in Nha Trang - Vietnam
Top things to do in Nha Trang – Vietnam

How to get to Nha Trang

From Hanoi city or Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), you can choose plane or bus.