Vinh City

A sunrise fish market at Cua Lo Beach


A Visitor’s Guide to Vinh City

Vinh is in North Central Vietnam. It’s the capital city of the Nghe An province. My top three suggestions of what to do in Vinh are all about food. You should have coconut jelly, eat seafood at Cua Lo Beach, and try the crispy duck at Vịt 117. You can find where all three of my suggestions are below.


If you need help while you’re anywhere in Vietnam you should talk to Vinh Guru. They can help you if you have travel questions about Vinh City, other cities in Nghe An, or anywhere in Vietnam. A friendly tour guide, who speaks English and Vietnamese, can help you. Call them at (+84) 97 1900 990, go to their website or visit their Facebook page.

Vinh Living is an English website which helps you find places in Vinh. It’s got bars, cafes, restaurants and more. Check it out:

There’s a Facebook group for Vinh and Nghe An. It’s called Expats and locals Vinh, Nghệ An.

Please contact me or Vinh Guru if you have any questions about this part of Vietnam. Welcome to Vinh!



Videos about Vinh & Nghe An

A view of Vinh City from a drone (via Troy Nguyen)

 A Trip Around Vinh City (via Nghệ An Quê Choa)


Vinh By Night (via WePub)


Things to see and do

  • Chùa Phật Linh – A small Buddhist temple
  • Quyet Mountain
  • Panoramic views from the 33rd floor of the Muong Thanh Song Lam hotel (also live music on Friday nights) – 13 Quang Trung
  • Swim in the pool on the 4th floor of the Muong Thanh Song Lam hotel (you don’t need to be a hotel guest, 80,000 VND for the day)
  • Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Museum – số 10, đường Đào Tấn, Cửa Nam
  • A walk around Goong Lake
  • Central Park
  • Ho Chi Minh Square (and the park in the middle)
  • Cho Vinh (a big indoor/outdoor market)
  • Karaoke
  • Small night market (food only, near the ancient city gate)
  • Vinh Recreation Center (VRC) – (It’s 5 floors with a Highlands Cafe, King BBQ and more) – 1 Phan Bội Châu (across the street from the train station)
  • Benh Vien Thai Thuong Hoang Massage & Spa (a legitimate luxury spa for a bargain price, for women only) – 4th floor, next to Avatar Coffee on Nguyen Sy Sach

Near Vinh

  • Dai Tue Pagoda (a Buddhist pagoda on a mountaintop, it’s about a 2 hour hike from Nam Dan)
  • Cua Lo beach (20 KMs from Vinh)
  • Bai Lu beach (26 KMs from Vinh)
  • Birthplace of Ho Chi Minh in Nam Dan (14 KMs from Vinh)
  • Mương Thanh Safari Land (a resort and zoo — 67 KMs from Vinh)
  • Thermal pool at Son Kim Hot Springs (130 KMs from Vinh)
  • Pu Mat National Park (126 KMs from Vinh)
  • Riverboat ride at Trang An (203 KMs from Vinh)
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park & Cave (194 KMs from Vinh)

English Clubs



  • Choa (coffee shop during the day / live music and beer at night)
  • Wepub – 62A Minh Khai
  • Espérer – 138 Nguyễn Văn Cừ
  • Vuvuzela – 45 Quang Trung
  • WeLove Pub & Coffee – 8 An Duong Vuong
  • O2 – 90 Le Hong Phong (open late)


  • Vịt 117 – 117 Nguyễn Thiếp, Trường Thi District (delicious duck)
  • Gà Sạch 113 – 113 Doc Thiet (known for their chicken)
  • Saigon Kim Lien Hotel Restaurant – 25 Quang Trung (good for bo ne)
  • Bun Dau – 182 Phan Chu Trinh (delicious noodle bowls)
  • Gin’s Pizza – 94 Phong Định Cảng (across the street from Le Viet Thuat High School)
  • Fuji (Japanese) – TT01 – Vinaconex 9B – Dai lo LeNin
  • Hanabi (Japanese and Vietnamese) – 180 Nguyen Van Cu
  • Jam Thai (Thai) – 63 Nguyễn Thái Học
  • Han Quoc Quan (Korean) – 49 Nguyen Tien Tai
  • Gogi House (Korean) – 45 Quang Trung or 15 Ho Tung Mau
  • The Pizza Company – So 17 Quang Trung
  • Yen Vinh Restaurant (in Muong Thanh Song Lam Hotel)
  • Bánh tráng cuộn thịt heo Đà Nẵng – Ngư Hải
  • Minh Hong
  • Com Tam Sai Gon
  • Miến Ngan – Lê Hồng Phong
  • ăn Bò Né Cửa Nam
  • Cua Hoi to go
  • Cổng Thành (near Vinh Stadium)

Food and drinks to try

  • Cháo Canh (noodle bowl with meat and eggs) – 169 Dang Thai Than
  • Soft serve ice cream – TH True Mart on Quang Trung (next to Bac A Bank)
  • Fruit-flavored frozen yogurt – 114 B Le Huong Phong (diagonally across from Happy Bakery)
  • Bot Coffee – inside Cho Vinh Market (link with pictures but in Vietnamese)
  • Delicious finger food at Moon – 155 Nguyen Van Cu
  • Hotpot at Bà Xoan restaurant
  • Coconut jelly – No. 5 Ho Tung Mau (near Ho Chi Minh Square)
  • Flavored tofu
  • Fried snails with pineapple
  • Eel soup – 190 Nguyễn trường tộ
  • Bun hai san (seafood and noodles) – 12 Nguyen Dinh Con
  • Banh tran tron (shredded rice paper, shredded meat, eggs, nuts, spices) at Quan An Vat Ha Thinh – Number 24, Alley 2, off Phan Cong Tich

Everything else

  • Metro (a big box store) – Đường Dũng Quyết, Phường Bến Thủy (it’s near the Lam River, take a left just before the bridge to Ha Tinh and it’s 500m up that road)

Vegetarian places

  • Bo De – A delicious vegetarian place
    • Directions: It’s near Ho Chi Minh Square. There is a small road next to a Korean restaurant. Go down that road and it will be on your left.
  • Nha Hang Anh Quoc (near Vinh Stadium)