Vinh's role as an industrial port city led to heavy destruction by aerial bombing during the war, as a result it has remained a drab, rather uninteresting place.
Local minibus from Thanh Hoa takes roughly 3.5 hours costing 100,000 dong.
There is a sign at the Ninh Binh bus station stating 90,000 dong.
The train line between Vinh and Dong Hoi to the south takes an inland route different from Highway 1, and there is some excellent scenery along the way. If you're travelling along the coast by bus, consider taking a break here and going by train.
Train There are multiple trains daily from Hanoi to Vinh.
Bus at Bus Station to PhongSavanh (Phonsavan) in Laos, visa for Laos available at border, bus leaves every second day in the morning 6AM
Sleeping bus to Dong Hoi 220,000. Roughly 4 hours. Apparently there are no local buses.