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Thanh Hoa

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Thanh Hoa is a city in the Central Coast region of Vietnam. It is a major crossroads for buses to the Lao border at Na Meow, but otherwise the town has little to offer.


Get in[edit]

You can get there both by bus and train from Hanoi capital. The city is just 153km South of Hanoi so it take about 3 hours for travel, bus ticket sold 90,000 - 100,000 dong for a seat on air-con bus, road in good condition. Train ticket (seat) costs 88,000 to 129,000 dong.

You can also get in from Xam Nua (Sam Neua), Laos for 180,000 kip (March 2011) via the Na Meo border crossing, takes about 10-12 hours along winding mountain roads in a small bus with padded seats; the aisle will be full of rice bags. Took 8 hours as of Feb 2013, 180,000K. Get the bus in Sam Neua at main bus station in town (not Nathong as you wait for it to arrive from main station). Driver or border guards will change money, but know the exchange rate and bargain them up!

Get around[edit]

Best choice in every town in Vietnam to get around is Xe Om as the Vietnamese call a moto-taxi, cheap and convenient, negotiate price before you ride. For a trip of 5km, pay 30,000 - 50,000 dong (~ 5,000 - 7,000 VND/km). Meter taxi are available with the same price throughout the country, call +84-37-858585 or simply 858585 if you use a landline phone in the town.

There are town buses you can use to get to the bus station and other areas around town.

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The most touristy attraction near Thanh Hoa is Bien Sam Son beach which is 16km away; 170,000-200,000 dong by taxi; The beach have a lot of sea waves and it's the place to enjoy swimming. The beach is only crowded in summer from April to September. There are buses from Thanh Hoa city to the town, depart each 30 minutes from the bus station, 15,000 - 20,000 dong/ticket

Ben En National Park is a good destination for ECO tours. This park is located 46km South West of Thanh Hoa city, 16,000 hectares of mountains and jungles with many kind of wild animals and tropical trees. There is a big lake in the park, covering 4,000 hectares of surface with 21 islands make an amazing landscape.

You can come to Ben Sung town by bus no.16, price 15,000 - 20,000 VND/ticket and go to Ben En by taxi (50,000 - 60,000VND)

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  • Ben Ngu market
  • Co-Op Mart is a large supermarket on the main street a few blocks down from the train station. Good place to buy fresh fruits and veggies in small quantities as well as some baked goods, dairy and dry foods.
  • Dien Bien market where you can buy fresh seafood. The seafood was brought from Sam son beach, so it's very fresh and cheap ( about 100 - 200.000 VND per 1kg)
  • Vuon Hoa market is the biggest market in Thanh hoa city. There, you can buy everything such as table, chair, clothers, etc....

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Most commonly found foods in the central area include Pho, Bun Bo Hue and Com. For those craving fast food, a Jollibee franchise, selling fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, fries, etc, can be found in the top floor food court area of the Co-Op Supermarket.

Some restaurant owners have been known to overcharge for meals, so make sure you confirm the price in advance.

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Cooconut drink is a special drink .It costs about 20.000 VND

  • Think Coffee, 17-06 Hac River Urban Area, Dong Tho Ward, +84353636363, [1]. 7am. Fresh local fruit juice drinks and traditional Vietnamese coffee $2.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The majority of hotels are in the 200,000 VND range.

  • Hoa Hung Hotel, (situated on Highway 1). En-suite double rooms with a TV.  edit
  • Mien Tay Xanh Hotel, 212 Duong Dinh Nghe (Walk the main road (Tran Phu, highway 1A) south from the main square for 5 minutes, turn right on Nguyen Trai and follow it for 10 minutes until you reach the Ben Xe Noi Tinh bus station. Turn right and its right there, across the street.), 0373729987. Twin 200,000, double 170,000 (Nov 2012), En-suite, Wi-Fi, TV, air-con (extra). 1 minute from the Ben Xe Noi Tinh bus station where the bus for Sam Neua leaves. Less then 10 minutes by foot from the train station.  edit
  • Nga Nghi. Across from train station has rooms for 150,000. Also just being South bus station if in need there is a mosquito infested room for 100,000. Other rooms are very nice and are 200,000.  edit
  • Lakeview Hotel (Khach San Canh Ho), 27 Le Phung Hieu, 0373.852.299. Directly across the street from Thanh Quang Lake, on the south side. Between Le Hoan and Dinh Cong Trang streets. About 300,000VND (Depending on room).  edit
  • FLC Luxury Hotel Samson, Quang Cu, Sam Son, Thanh Hoa (situated on Highway 1), [2]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. The hotel includes 350 room, four season swimming pool, conference room...  edit
  • FLC Luxury Resort Samson, Quang Cu, Sam Son, Thanh Hoa (situated on Highway 1), [3]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. This resort includes 70 villas, free spa, golf club  edit

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Get out[edit]

  • Hanoi - frequent buses from the bus station or flag down on Highway 1.
  • Ninh Binh - a good base for visiting Tam Coc or Cuc Phuong National Park. Takes just over an hour. 40,000 VND.
  • Sam Neua - daily bus to Laos, 180,000 kip or 500,000 dong. Departs at 8 am. Bus is frequently loaded heavily with cargo and many more people than seats and in this case moves very slowly and you may need to get out to walk up the steepest hills on foot. Scheduled to take 8 hours but in March 2014 took 16 hours. There is a also a 7 am minibus that leaves as far as the Na Meo border. However, you'd be on your own once you arrive at the border as only the 8 am goes all the way to Vieng Xai and Sam Neua.

Update: As of June 2015, the Sam Neua trip took 11-12 hours. The road is under construction so its quite dusty but is in fairly good condition. 500,000 dong is accepted on the bus after the trip starts. See the Laos page for visa requirements and prices based on nationality. Make sure you can pay in USD (cash only) as there isn't an ATM at the Nam Soi/Na Meo border. It is unknown if you can pay visa fees in VND or Lao Kip at the Nam Soi/Na Meo border. In June 2015, a form fee ($1 USD) was charged as I needed a visa-on-arrival application/form at the border.Create category

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