Sean’s Vinh Guide

 This page was last updated on April 8, 2022. 

Welcome to my Vinh Guide. I have lived here since 2013. This guide is my collection of hidden gems, delicious treats and interesting places. You can learn not only about Vinh but also about Nghe An and Central Vietnam. Contact me if you have any questions.

What is Vinh? – Vinh is the capital city of the Nghe An Province. It’s in North Central Vietnam. Vinh offers an authentic look at the Vietnamese way of life. Compared to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, it has a lower cost of living and a lot less traffic. You can make some great memories here by meeting the locals, trying exotic food and experiencing Vietnamese culture.

Top 10 Things To Do in Central Vietnam –

IN VINH –

1. Bot Coffee
2. Quyet Mountain
3. Ho Chi Minh Square
4. No Escape Chicken
5. Coconut Jelly
6. Nocenco Coffee

NOT IN VINH –

7. Nam Dan Eco Zoo (Nghe An)
8. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park & Cave (Quang Binh)
9. Van Long Nature Reserve (Ninh Binh)
10. Trang An Grottoes (Ninh Binh)

Vinh VideosPart 1, Part 2

Vinh Facebook GroupsExpats and locals Vinh, Nghệ An, Expats and Locals of Vinh City

Accommodation – If you’re visiting, I recommend the Tecco Sky Hotel or the Lam Giang Hotel. If you need a place to stay, contact me. I can help you find an apartment. You can also check out Amai Vinh (Google Map). They have apartments which are fully serviced and furnished.

Vinh Guru Tours – They offer tours of Vinh and Central Vietnam. They can answer your questions about Vinh, Nghe An or Vietnam. Contact them through their Facebook page. A friendly tour guide (who can speak English) will help you.

Andy’s Honey – Andy gives jungle tours and he sells natural honey. He gets it from deep in the jungle. It’s 800,000 VND/liter. Contact Andy at 0978 906 493 or on Facebook. He can speak English.

English ClubsHere’s a list of English clubs in Vinh. My English club is Hello! English Club.

Local Experiences

Vinh Market (Vietnamese: Cho Vinh) – A gigantic indoor/outdoor market.

Bot Coffee – It’s inside Vinh Market. It’s hard to find but worth it because of the unique coffee. If you go to the market and show someone a picture of the Bot coffee, they will point you in the right direction.

Quyet Mountain – A short, easy hike to the top on a paved path rewards you with beautiful views of Vinh.

Eat Fresh Seafood & Sunrise Fish Market at Cua Lo Beach – If you get to the beach early enough you can buy fresh seafood right off the boat. If you’re not an early bird, you can go there in the evening and eat fresh seafood next to the beach.

Eel Soup – It’s very popular in Vinh for breakfast. It’s considered a local delicacy.

Rotisserie Duck – This is a family-run food cart. You can get a delicious whole duck for 160,000 VND or half for 80,000 VND. I recommend the half. It’s enough for two people. He’s usually open from 4:30 to 8:00 PM (or whenever he sells out). The cart is opposite VRC. There are two carts that sell duck next to each other. You want the cart with the older guy. He’s in the blue shirt in this picture.

Delicious rotisserie duck in Vinh

See & Do

Ho Chi Minh Square – See the statue of Ho Chi Minh. There’s a small forest with hiking trails behind the statue.

Central Park – It’s free to the public.

Cần Linh Temple – A small Buddhist temple surrounded by a lotus flower pond. It’s next to the Cua Nam Bridge.

Goong Lake – There’s a nice footpath around it.

Vinh MuseumLearn more about the history of Vinh.

Squid Fishing – Go squid fishing at night with a local. Go to Cua Lo beach and ask someone at one of the restaurants on the beach.

Eat & Drink

Fox (Cáo) Restaurant – This is a great Vietnamese restaurant.

Saigon Kim Lien Hotel Restaurant – Try the Bo Ne for breakfast. It’s sizzling beef with onions, eggs and tomatoes. It’s served with freshly baked bread.

Ốc Nhớ Sài Gòn – They have amazing fresh seafood.

Deja Vu – They’re a restaurant, coffee shop and social club. They have a great burger, an English Breakfast and other foreign food (and Vietnamese food too). Every Sunday they have an English club.

Miaow’s Gourmet Pizza – They have foreign (brick oven pizza and lots more) and Vietnamese food.

Vịt 117 – Everything in this restaurant is made with duck. The crispy duck is fantastic.

Bun Dau – A delicious bowl of noodles with vegetables, beef and more.

Thanh Chuong Chicken – They’re famous for the “no escape” chicken (gà không lối thoát). It’s a chicken which is cooked inside a ball of crispy rice. You can dip the rice in a peanut sauce.

Gà Sạch 113 – Try the crunchy chicken.

Hutong Hot Pot Paradise – It’s in the CityHub building.

Moon – They’ve got delicious finger food. Try the chicken wings or the fruit bowl with coconut milk.

Coconut Jelly – It’s near Ho Chi Minh Square.

Thôi đi – This is the best place in Vinh to get egg coffee.

Cháo Canh – A noodle bowl with pork, beef and eggs.

Kebab Torki – You might have to buy two to fill you up.

Kombo Singapore – They have noodle bowls.

TH True Mart – They have fresh soft serve ice cream (vanilla only). It’s on Quang Trung Street next to Bac A Bank.

Fruit-flavored frozen yogurt – It’s diagonally across from Happy Bakery.

Fresh fruit smoothies (on the 2nd floor) – They have great fresh fruit like mangosteens. Try the sugar apple smoothie.

Foreign Food

Midori – It’s healthy and delicious Asian fusion.

Han Quoc Quan – A Korean place.

Shogun Japanese Street BBQ – It’s inside City Hub.

PJ’s Foodacity – Filipino food and desserts.

Geisha – A Japanese place.

Fujimo – Another Japanese place. Watch a video tour.

Bangkok Thai – Thai food.

The American Steak – They have great cheeseburgers, steak and curry.

The Pizza Company – This is the best pizza in Vinh.

Vuvuzela – A mixture of Vietnamese and foreign food.

The Garden Salad – They have more than just salad.

Artisan Bakery & Cafe – They have bagels, blueberry muffins and BLT and egg sandwiches. Everything is made fresh there. There are three locations in Vinh.

La Pasteleria Filipina – They offer delicious homemade baked goods such as cinnamon rolls, donuts and macaroons. Delivery only.

Vegetarian

Nhà hàng chay Hoan Châu – The chef graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and he can speak English. They have cooking classes.

Bồ Đề – This one is popular with the Buddhist monks.

Dat Thuan Chay

Duyen Lanh

Nhà hàng chay Thiên Phúc

Nha Hang Anh Quoc – It’s near Vinh Stadium.

Coffee Shops

Mori Handbrew – It’s a relaxing island in the city. It’s a great place to slow down and take a break from your busy life.

Soon-Min Garden Coffee – It opened 2 months ago. It’s a nice mixture of inside and outside space.

Day 2 Day Coffee – It’s near Ho Chi Minh Square. They have good fresh orange/carrot juice.

The EEL Cafe – Eel is Lee backwards. Lee is the owner. This place is gorgeous and they have the best hot chocolate in Vinh.

East West Book Cafe – This is a reader’s paradise. It’s basically a library and a cafe combined. It’s mostly Vietnamese books (with some French, English and German). They have a lot of children’s books.

Phuc Long Coffee & Tea – They have fresh fruit drinks too. It’s next to the WinMart.

Nocenco Coffee – It’s two floors with nice views from the rooftop. The architecture here is amazing. You must visit it before you leave Vinh.

La Ca Cafe, Bakery & Playground – They have a really comfortable couch upstairs and their playroom for kids is fantastic.

Ngau Coffee – A taste of Hanoi.

Luxe Paris Cafe – A small French style cafe in Vinh.

TimeFlow – They have beautiful natural sunlight.

Lim Coffee – It’s opposite an outdoor playground.

The Garden at Ding Tea – They have rooftop seating.

The Coffee House – There are 3 locations in Vinh.

May Cafe & Sonata Cafe – Both have live music.

Cat Coffee Shop – Hang out and play with cats.

Bars

The Local Wine & Cocktail Bar, Hometown Beer & Cocktail Bar, Texas Beer & Coffee – These are some bars where you can mingle with foreigners.

Choa – It’s a coffee shop during the day and a bar at night with live music.

London Entertainment – 1st Floor: Coffee Shop, 2nd Floor: Restaurant, 3rd Floor: Nightclub/Lounge

Zuly – It’s a nightclub.

Shopping Centers

WinMart – It’s a gigantic grocery store. It’s across the street from the new Artisan location on Le Loi Street.

Au Viet Gourmet Market – They’ve got a lot of products from America, Korea and Europe.

Big C – It’s the biggest supermarket in Vinh.

CityHub – It’s five floors with Shogun Japanese Street BBQ, Hutong Hot Pot Paradise, a movie theater and more.

Vinh Recreation Center (VRC) – It’s five floors with a bowling alley, Highlands Cafe, BreadTalk, King BBQ, a movie theater and more. It’s across the street from the train station.

Vinh Centre – It’s next to Ho Chi Minh Square. They have a Highlands and a Jollibee there.

MM MegaMart – It’s a big box store. It’s near the Lam River.

Hong Ha – Electronics, computers and repair.

Viet Nga Computer Store – Gaming PCs, laptops and repair.

Guu Music Shop – For your musical instrument needs and classes.

Phương Nam Bookstore – It’s the best bookstore in Vinh. They have English books for adults and kids.

Baker’s Home – For all your baking needs.

Tung Moscow – A shoe shop for people with Western-sized feet.

See & Do Near Vinh

The first three places are accessible by train from Vinh.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park & Cave (Quang Binh)

Van Long Nature Reserve (Ninh Binh)

Trang An Grottoes (Ninh Binh)

Nam Dan Eco Zoo – They have a very small zoo, a miniature waterfall you can swim in, an aviary and a tree house. There’s also a place where you can have a BBQ. It’s quiet and surrounded by beautiful nature.

Hồ Thạch Kèn Lake – There are beautiful mountains around it. It’s a perfect place to swim or have a picnic.

Dai Tue Pagoda – A Buddhist pagoda on the mountaintop. It’s been there for 1,000 years. It’s 30 minutes by car (1 hour by motorbike) from Vinh. You can hike there. It’s about 2 hours from Nam Dan. There are scenic views and miniature waterfalls along the way. Here’s a drone video.

Birthplace of Ho Chi Minh – It’s in Kim Liên, Nam Dan District.

The Thai Ethnic Group (Hoa Thu Homestay, Nua Village, Yen Khe Commune, Con Cuong District, Nghe An Province) – The Thai are the second largest ethnic minority in Vietnam. When you visit them you can try on their traditional clothes, sample the local food/drink (such as “ruou can”) and take part in traditional dancing.

Dong Du Village Lakeside Farm Stay – It’s a village retreat which offers cultural experiences.

Mooc Trail (Quang Binh Province) – This is a map to the Dark Cave. Mooc Trail is one kilometer away from the cave. It’s a wooden footpath through the forest with a clear blue swimming hole and beautiful orchids. And check out the Ozo Treetop Park. It’s also in Quang Binh.

Kèm Waterfall – It’s in Pu Mat National Park.

Rainbow Container Hotel – It’s near Cua Lo Beach (watch a video tour).

Đảo Chè Tea Islands – It’s in the Thanh Chuong District.

Vinpearl Water Park – It’s in the Ha Tinh Province.

Mương Thanh Safari Land – Here you will find a resort with villas, a hotel, an amusement park and water park, a small flower garden and a zoo with a petting area for kids.

Sunflower Farm – (Google Maps link, Nghĩa Đàn District). It’s open twice a year. Usually from around mid December to early January and early March (depending on the weather and the planting schedule).

Son Kim Hot Springs – They have thermal pools.

More About Vinh & Vietnam

“Exploring Vinh” – It’s an ebook. A group of Vietnamese university students and two volunteer teachers from Finland worked together to create a travel book. In it you can discover ten interesting places in Vinh.

Ten Thousand Temples – Vinh’s foreign rock band.

10 Things You Should NOT Do in Vietnam (from What The Pho)

Vietnam Weekly – A newsletter about the latest developments in Vietnam, from essential news to under-the-radar stories, delivered every Friday.

Vietcetera – A weekly newsletter in English delivering the latest and most important stories shaping the economy and businesses in Vietnam right to your inbox.

Cho Vinh (Vinh Market) – It’s an online marketplace for people living in Vinh. It’s like Craigslist.

Travelfish Vinh Travel Guide

Vietnam Coracle

Rusty Compass

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