Northern Border Provinces Of Viet Nam
- Cao Bang
Northern border province of Viet Nam, 370 km from Hanoi, 130 km from Bac Can. One of the fifth provinces was shortly invaded by Chinese in 1979. However, it is remained its natural beauty that it was created since the ancient time. The province is bordered with China – Guangxi province.
Sightseeing: home of the Nung and Tay ethnic minorities with Ban Gioc Falls (85 km from Cao Bang) and Pac Bo caves (60 km from Cao Bang) President Ho Chi Minh’s hideout in the early days of the resistance war against the French in 1941. Viewing to China since we share some water territory with China.
Facilities & services: mini hotels and local restaurants.
- Dong Ha
Township central coastal province of Quang Tri, 74 km north of Hue, 1 hour and a half by car from Hue. The Ben Hai river in the province was served as the demarcation line that divided Viet Nam into two parts from 1954 to 1975.
Sightseeing: vestiges of the Vietnam war in Quang Tri, Dong Ha, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Truong Son Cemetery and the DMZ with the Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge and the Vinh Moc Tunnels.
Facilities & services: tourist class hotels and restaurants.
- Dong Hoi
The township capital of Quang Binh province, 162 km from Hue, 4 hours by car from Hue.
Sightseeing: a town with a nice river, sand dunes and beaches. Famous for the untouched Phong Nha Cavern (47 km northwest of Dong Hoi) explored by the Royal Society for Exploration of Caves in 1990, 1992 & 1994. Opened in early 2000, Tien Son in this cave complex is the biggest and the most stalactic cave in Vietnam. It is also believed to be the longest river underground in Viet Nam.
Facilities & services: boat ride, tourist class hotels and restaurants.