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Vinh is a major city in Northern Vietnam.


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.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

As the largest city between Hanoi and Hue, it's on the route for buses along the coast.

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.

By train[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Citadel. The only remaining parts of the citadel are the moat and three gates which can be seen on D Dao Tan where you can also find some drinking places which open up in the evening  edit
  • Cua Lo Beach. Cua Lo beach about 20 km outside of Vinh is an attractive stretch of sand backed up by some less attractive hotels and restaurants. It's more geared up for local visitors so can get quite busy during Vietnamese holiday periods. Outside of these times its pretty quiet and in the "winter" months you could have the beach to yourself. You can catch bus number 1 from Vinh (15,000 VD Dec 2012) which runs every hour. There are more frequent services during busier periods.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kevin Loo. Restaurant in the city centre called Kevin Loo's. You have to go up an elevator to one of the top floors, underneath an old roller disco.  edit

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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.

Get out[edit]

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.

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