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.
Mechanic Nhật Thái Motor - 333 Lê Duẩn, tp. Vinh (map coordinates: 18.665057 105.689567) If you have travelled here on a motorcycle and need some work doing, you are in luck. There is a very good mechanic, near the large roundabout. No bodging, everything was done properly, and all the appropriate parts were greased upon reassembly. They carefully checked over our bike to find out why it was broken, rather than just replacing the broken parts. Nearly no English, but very friendly and helpful. Also they didn't try to overcharge as we have experienced in backpacker areas.
Gold Vinh Hotel. (Số 1A Đ. Lê Huân, TP. Vinh- Nghệ An. Tel: 0388 696 696). Very clean rooms, TV channel, safe place and the feeling of an hotel, not a guesthouse. Wifi is not that great, the staff doesn't speak great English but they are very friendly and polite. We paid 200.000 Vietnamese Dong for a twin room (in one bed can sleep two people), with aircon, fan and hot shower.
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.
There is an airport here with service to Vientiane.