Vinh is located in the northern half of Vietnam, and is the capital of Nghe An Province. Vinh is an important transportation hub, having a key position on the route between the northern and southern parts of the country, and is also a notable port.


Vinh city with a long beach Cua Lo

Vinh City was once the site of a number of significant historic sites, particularly an ancient citadel. Over the years, however, Vinh has been extensively damaged in a number of wars and little of the original city remains today. Historically, Vinh and its surrounding areas have often been important centres of rebellion and revolutionary activity. In addition, a number of notable revolutionary figures were born in or near the city of Vinh; especially, Uncle Ho’s birthplace, some 14 kilometres to the west of Vinh, is a significant tourist attraction for many Vietnamese. Other notable tourist attractions are the Hong Son Temple and Quyet Mountain. Hong Son Temple is one of the few large temples to escape the closures implemented by the Communist authorities after the war, and is the site of an important festival on the 20th day of the 8th lunar month. Quyet Mountain, on the edge of Vinh, is used as a peaceful retreat from the city, with visitors climbing four hundred steps to the summit. From the summit, the whole of Vinh may be seen, along with the river and farmland surrounding it. The mountain is covered with pine trees, although the forest is still not completely recovered from its destruction by bombing during the war. Other places of interest include the Nghe Tinh Soviet Museum (commemorating the major Nghe Tinh uprising against the French in the 1930s) and the Cua Lo beach resort (a popular destination for citizens of Hanoi). Cua Lo in Vinh is one of the largest stretches of beautiful white beach with very few foreign tourists and great seafood specialities.


Uncle Ho’s house

When they think of Vinh, the first thing that comes to mind for the Vietnamese is “Ho Chi Minh“. He was born and raised in the small, humble hamlet of Kim Lien just 15 km outside the city. Today, it’s a well-preserved pilgrimage spot for the party faithful, and a good stop for travellers interested in a thorough understanding of Vietnamese contemporary culture.

The port of Vinh was a major source of supplies destined for the Ho Chi Minh trail, and as a result, the city was repeatedly bombed back into the stone age during the American war. You won’t see much evidence of that now, though we did spot some old bunkers along the nearby beach at Cua Lo.


Cua Lo beach

Cua Lo beach in Vinh, Nghe An is a popular Vietnamese tourist magnet, with many hotels that have been around since before Doi Moi. The beach is quite decent, the scene is very local, with a strong reputation for massage parlours and the associated sex trade. You’ll probably want to do your serious summer beach going further to the south, but if you wind up here in good weather it’s worth a day-trip or an overnight.

Vinh is located along Highway 1, 197 km north of Dong Hoi, and just under a hundred kilometres from the Lao border at the NamCan / Nam Khan crossing. It’s about 290 km south of Hanoi, 1,430 km north of Ho Chi Minh City, and its an express stop on the train line.

The main reason people find themselves in Vinh is to make a run for the border between Vietnam and Laos. There’s now two border crossings one can opt for — to the southwest via Route 8 lies the Nam Phao / Cau Treo which leads to Lak Xao and eventually Tha Khaek; and to the northwest via Route 7 is the NamCan / Nam Khan crossing which ends up in Phonsavan in Laos.


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