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Dong Hoi

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Best Time: April - September Read More

Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Nearest Airport:  Quảng Bình Check Flights

Dong Hoi Tourism

A pleasant seaside city, with easy access to the Phong Nha Ke Bang caves, Dong Hoi is a rapidly rising tourist destination. Apart from its proximity to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Dong Hoi has its own tourist attractions, authentic cuisine and unique history that beckon people to explore and unearth its mysteries.

As the Capital of the Quang Binh province and the city closest to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Dong Hoi is rapidly gaining popularity as a calming tourist retreat. The sun-kissed beaches of Dong Hoi have the capability to hold your attention especially in the summer months of April to September. The Nhat Le Beach houses a number of residences, hotels and charming villas that will definitely persuade you to extend your beach holiday. The beach itself paints a striking picture of serenity with the sun-kissed sand, glistening waves and the numerous stalls selling pineapples, shrimp and mushrooms along the seaside. Apart from the beaches, Dong Hoi’s historical remains aren’t to be missed. The ruins of the Tam Toa Church and the Quang Binh gate are a painful reminder of the destruction brought upon the city. Dong Hoi is also a great place to cycle around and explore owing to the great number of beach promenades and cycling lanes present. Cycling through Dong hoi wet market will give you a unique insight into local life. Dong Hoi is the best place to unwind for a day or two before starting the arduous trek into Phong Nha Ke Bang.

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Religion of Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi doesn't have any separate religious affiliations apart from those prevalent in Vietnam.

Dong Hoi Customs

Dong Hoi does not have particular separate customs.

Language of Dong Hoi

Vietnamese is the most commonly spoken language in Dong Hoi. English is fairly common but do not expect every shopkeeper to learn English.

Wet market of Dong Hoi

Every city in Vietnam has its own market, but a wet market is special, it's different and a whole new world out there! The most impressive thing about the Dong Hoi wet market is its perfect segregation. The locals have adapted in such a way that there is a perfect segregation between the different stalls of the wet market. The fish stalls are located on the outside and sell the freshest fish caught from the Nhat Le river. Moving inside, you will find freshly grown fruits and vegetables being sold and the locals bargaining with the shopkeepers over their wares. The innermost areas are reserved for spice sellers. A wet market visit is a unique experience. Though you may not buy anything, a wet market is a real treat for the eyes.

History of Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi has played an important role in history owing to its central location. In pre-united Vietnam, Dong Hoi belonged to South Vietnam and was considered an important millitary location as it provided protection to the southern Nguyen Lords from the northern Trinh family. During the Indochina War, the Dong Hoi airbase was used by the French to attack both the Viet Minh in north-central Vietnam and the Laotian Pathet Lao Army in central and southern Laos. During the Vietnam War, Dong Hoi was heavily devastated by bombardments from US B-52s due to its location near the demilitarized zone between North and South Vietnam. The only remnants after the bombing were the Tam Toa Church, Quang Binh gates and a single palm tree.

Nightlife in Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is a fairly rural city and lacks flashy nightclubs. It, however, does have a number of pubs where you can grab a bite and enjoy a beer with family or friends. The Buffalo Hostel and Pub has a great place to sit down and enjoy a relaxing beer. 36 Beer is a relatively new pub and it is definitely quite raucous and not suitable for those who wish for some peace. 27 cm Pub and Cafe is a beachside pub where you can relax with your drink and play pool. Tree Hugger cafe and AE Pub and Coffee open in the afternoons but remain open until midnight. Overall, Dong Hoi has a relatively laid-back and chill vibe.

Shopping in Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is a beachside town and so it does not have a lot of large malls or shopping complexes. Most of the shopping include beachside artefacts and beachside local cuisine which you can enjoy.

The story of Mother Suot

Mother Nguyen Thi Suot was a labourer who lived in Dong Hoi on the banks of the Nhat Le river. She is considered a national War hero due to the service she provided to the Vietnamese army during times of war. The 60-year-old woman risked her life every day, ferrying soldiers and artillery in a small wooden boat across the Nhat Le river. When the American Army bombed the wharf, all the ferrymen fled but only Mother Suot remained, ferrying soldiers across in her wooden boat no matter how hard the bombs rained. She was killed on 11th October 1968 by a US bomb pellet. Even to this day, she is recognized as a Vietnamese War hero. Her statue was erected next to the Nhat LE river and her story is told in the villages and cities along the Nhat Le even to this day.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi local cuisine has a unique spin to it – it is a medley of the North, South and Central Vietnamese cuisines which have combined in a tasteful manner to yield the mouthwatering cuisine of Dong Hoi. Some well-known dishes include Banh Canh, a thick noodle made from a combination of tapioca flour and rice , Nem Lui, grilled pork, fresh herbs, lettuce, unripe green banana slices wrapped in rice paper sheets then served with nuoc leo, a spicy peanut dipping sauce and Banh Loc, tapioca cake stuffed with shrimp, pork and mushrooms. Some must visit restaurants in Dong Hoi include Hoa Mi Café for the best coffee in Dong Hoi, Pho Bien Floating restaurant for an ethereal experience of eating on a makeshift 'island'.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beachside town, Quiet Atmosphere, Easily accessible, Great Vibes

What's Not So Great?

Suspected Drug Hub, Rural area

How To Reach Dong Hoi

Dong Hoi is well connected owing to its central location. Dong Hoi has its own airport, the Dong Hoi Airport, located just 6 kilometres from the city. It is also well connected by rail with both northbound and southbound trains stopping at Dong Hoi. The Highway 1A also passes through Dong Hoi, giving it great road connectivity too.

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