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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: 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 

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.

Things to see in Mui Ne. What to eat in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet Vietnam

Mui Ne is a famous tourist center in Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan, Vietnam. It is only 22km away from the center of Phan Thiet. The nature of Mui Ne is a gift from god. The stunning and heaven-like landscape with emerald sea water and endless golden sandy beaches there offers favorable conditions for tourism development. It is considered an ideal resort for tourists. Moreover, it has also become an inspiration for many artists and photographers.

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Mui Ne Vietnam travel guide
Mui Ne Vietnam – The land of sea and sand

Additionally, Mui Ne is also popular among tourists for its the historical and cultural relics influenced by different ethnic group’s culture such as Kinh, Cham, or Chinese, etc.

With the development of tourism, there is a steady increase in the number of hotels and resorts in the area. Up to now, the number of high-quality resorts in Mui Ne has accounted for 70% of the total number of resorts in Vietnam. Therefore, Mui Ne is also known as the  “capital of resorts” or “heaven of tranquillity and relaxation” in Vietnam.

Best things to do & to see in Dalat – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Dalat?

Dalat is such a romantic and peaceful city. Each visit to Dalat to me just feels like being so lost in Europe. The poetic scenes of immense endless pine forests calm me down. Let’s visit the spectacular Dalat and enjoy the nature or simply to live a bit more slowly.
Based on my personal experiences together with some other reference sources, I will share with you my valuable tips, experiences and top things to do in Dalat, Vietnam. Hope you will also have a great time in this beautiful city.

Top things to do in Dalat - Vietnam
Top things to do in Dalat – Vietnam

How to get to Dalat?

There are two most common ways that people often choose to get to Dalat: by air and high quality buses.

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. 

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.

Best things to do & to see in Hue – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Hue?

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?!

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Hue ancient capital of Vietnam travel guide
Hue ancient capital of Vietnam

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. 

How to get to Hue from Hanoi and Saigon?

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.

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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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

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