The journey by train from Hue to Dong Hoi is scheduled to take from 3 to 4 hours depending upon which train you take.
Train Times from Hue to Dong Hoi
There are currently 5 trains a day from Hue to Dong Hoi.
- The fastest train service from Hue to Ninh Binh is Train #SE4 which departs from Hue at 15:40 and is scheduled to arrive in Dong Hoi 2 hours 59 minutes later at 18:39.
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Location of Hue Train Station
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Location of Dong Hoi Train Station
About Travel to Dong Hoi
Dong Hoi is one of Vietnam’s smaller cities with around 120,000 permanent residents. One of the striking things about Dong Hoi is that the entire city has been rebuilt other last 50 years following its almost complete destruction by aerial bombing raids in 1965.
Beaches in Dong Hoi
The main point of interest in Dong Hoi is its pleasant riverside area and two beaches, Nhat Le beach and Bao Ninh beach. Dong Hoi itself has a fairly good range of hotels, restaurants and bars. What the city doesn’t have, however, is that many foreign visitors. For some travellers the absence of tourists makes Dong Hoi a good destination.
Many of the foreign visitors who do come to Dong Hoi do so on route to the Phong Nha, which on the edge of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. From Dong Hoi Railway Station it’s 44 km by road to Phong Nha, making Dong Hoi the best connection point between the railway network and road connections to the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. Phong Nha is also for many a much nicer place to stay overnight than Dong Hoi. Phong Nha is located on the South side of the picturesque Song River and has lots of accommodation and restaurants which cater primarily to foreign visitors.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park covers an area of 857.54 square kilometres and features 12 hills over 1,000 metres in height and more than 300 caves, including the largest cave in the world, Son Doong. To visit Son Doong Cave and some of the other really large caves, like Hang En, you need to trek quite a long way through the jungle and camp overnight. You can’t do this on your own. To get to the larger caves you need to pay for a tour, and these tours are relatively expensive compared to what other things in Vietnam cost.
Phong Nha Cave
The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, however, has other caves closer to Phong Nha which you can visit a lot more easily. The most accessible cave is Phong Nha Cave. To visit Phong Nha Cave you need to take a tour boat from the pier in Phong Nha town. Boats go about 1,500 metres into the cave, where visitors then leave the boats to explore more of the cave on foot.
Also popular cave is Paradise Cave, the entrance to which is only 1.6 km from the road. Paradise Cave is a dry cave which you walk into via a long staircase. The impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Paradise Cave make the fairly long walk worth the effort.