Dong Hoi is a Vietnam city located in the Quảng Bình Province. The city is flanked by the north-central coast of the country and has a coastline that extends around 12 km. The extensive beaches are the major attraction of the city. Also, it became popular for its proximity to the World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng. The UNESCO recognized national park lies at a distance of 50 km from Dong Hoi. My stay in the city was one of the most romantic holiday experiences after coming to Vietnam. Listed below are some of the best sites to look for if you are in Dong Hoi:
Tien Son Cave
Tien Son Cave is one of the most-visited spots in the city. It is a natural cave located on hilly terrain. To reach the cave we had to trek along the hilly path and there are 512 steps that lead to the entrance of the cavern. Once inside, we felt quite different and relaxed. The place was huge and the natural rock formations that lined the roof of the cave were amazing. Visiting the cave was undoubtedly a thrilling experience for the entire family.
Tu Lan Caving Center
Tu Lan is a beautiful site located very close to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. It is a natural cave system that lies in the Minh Hoa District and was discovered in 2009 by a group of local fishermen. Eventually, several caves were discovered by explorers from BCRA (British Cave Research Association). As of today, the place is reserved for tourism and local settlements are restricted. People often visit the place for sightseeing, hiking, and swimming.
Bai Da Nhay
Bai Da Nhay is a rocky beach that is ideal for sightseeing. The rocky structures on the white sandy beach add to the scenic beauty of the area. However, owing to the rocks, swimming may not be a safe option. There is a big cove that can be explored while trekking through the rocky terrain. The place is not too crowded and is perfect for a private family outing.