Travel to Quang Binh in the evening, where to go and what to do to have the most enjoyable experiences? Here are eight suggestions from Wanderlust Tips.
1. BOTANICAL GARDEN – ECO-TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SITE
Located on the Quyet Thang Road No. 20, the Botanical Garden is a miniature image of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. There are many interesting activities for tourists like conquering Gio Waterfall – the highest and most majestic waterfall (over 30 metres) in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, walking on the 4-kilometre trail through the forest which has thousands of plant species, merging into the cool Vang Anh Stream, watching orchids, observing many interesting animals, admiring fossils millions of years of age or planting trees. Nighttime travel services are especially exciting and include camping with campfre, outdoor BBQ and night animal sightings with flashlights and infrared binoculars.
♦ Top tips: Visitors can travel to the Botanical Garden via many routes (route 1: 1-1.5 hours, route 2: 2-2.5 hours), ticket price: VND40,000/person. In addition, camping: VND70,000/single tent and VND130,000/double tent.
♦ Cuisine: Dining services in the Botanical Garden area.
2. TAKE AN ELECTRIC CAR TO VISIT DONG HOI CITY
Quang Binh Province is currently conducting tours to visit Dong Hoi City by electric car. On this tour, guests can enjoy the natural cool breeze, a sea view by night and the shimmering lights of the street.
♦ Top tips: Dong Hoi City has a long coastline, cool air and a peaceful pace of life so it is suitable for travelling by electric car. On the way, the charming female drivers in the white ao dai will chat with visitors to introduce the highlights of the upcoming relics and attractions, all to provide guests with wonderful memories.
♦ Cuisine: 7th Heaven Restaurant (39 Duong Van An), Buffalo Pub & Hostel (4 Nguyen Du) and Geminai Bistro (56 Nguyen Du).
3. QUANG BINH STREET MUSIC CLUB – JUBILANT SPACE ON THE WEEKEND’S EVENINGS
Founded in 2016, this club brings together young people – students, working people, business people, who are passionate about singing or mastering non-electronic musical instruments. People come to this public playground on the weekend’s evenings to meet and exchange knowledge. Thanks to that, special musical performances are born, attracting a large number of Quang Binh people and visitors. There are not only the performances of modern youthful songs but also old revolutionary and classical songs. Modern dances are elaborately staged for the audience.
♦ Top tips: Venue: Dong My Ward, Dong Hoi City. The club usually performs from 8pm-9pm every Saturday.
♦ Cuisine: On Nguyen Du Street, there are many interesting cafes: Café Treehugger, Café Iced, Café River Side, Lyy Milk Tea and 54 Café Chuoi.
4. NHAT LE BRIDGE – THOUSANDS OF SHIMMERING LIGHTS AT NIGHT
Nhat Le Bridge is the estuary, connecting Dong Hoi City Centre with Bao Ninh Tourist Island Commune where there is the Marine Square and dozens of hotels and restaurants. The bridge has a path for pedestrians so it is the ideal place for residents and visitors to stroll and watch the beauty of the shimmering city at night.
♦ Top tips: After strolling across Nhat Le Bridge, you can go to Bao Ninh Tourism Island, visit the spacious Marine Square or walk by the sea at night, listening to the sound of the waves.
♦ Cuisine: Ba Hien Restaurant (52 Truong Phap), Minh Phuong’s claypot rice restaurant (141 Ly Thuong Kiet Lane) and Hill Country Chicken Restaurant (134 Ly Thuong Kiet).
5. SQUID FISHING ON NHAT LE SEA – TRY BEING A FISHERMAN
In the coastal areas of Quang Binh there are many squid, of which the little ones are the most famous. On a night squid fshing experience, you will be with the local fshermen to catch the freshest squid. Sitting on small basket boats, small bamboo crafts or motor canoes, you will have the opportunity to admire the vast sea and catch squid. The light of the lamp will attract the attention of the squid and then you have the opportunity to catch them, and you are sure to be excited when you can catch countless squid.
♦ Top tips: Mid-summer is the beginning of squid fshing season on the sea – it is the time you can experience the most exciting activity. You can ask for a night squid fshing tour at the hotel or travel company, prices start from VND300,000/person including car to pick you up and the cooking of the squid.
♦ Cuisine: Enjoy fresh squid on the spot.
6. VISIT THE CAFÉS – RELAX IN IMPRESSIVE SPACES
Dong Hoi City has many cafés with unique architecture and beautiful views. Here, you can enjoy relaxing in exciting spaces, chat with friends and share endless stories or watch the sparkling scene of Quang Binh at night, admire the sea with its fluttering waves in the distance. Evenings in Quang Binh are really gentle, peaceful and memorable.
♦ Top tips: Some famous cafés include Coco’s Coffee Quangbinh (Nguyen Huu Canh Stress), Fcoffee (Tran Quang Khai Street), Kenry Coffee & Milktea (Thong Nhat Street), S-Café (5 Phan Boi Chau) Geminai Hotel & Café (56 Nguyen Du) and The Rustic Coffee (5a Hai Ba Trung).
♦ Cuisine: Smoothies, fruit juice, coffee, milk tea and cakes.
7. VISIT THE BARS – RELAX WITH VIBRANT MUSIC
If you want to find a more exciting space, the bars are the ideal destination. Here, you can have fun all night long, dance to trendy music and the hottest hits.
♦ Top tips: Attractive bars in Dong Hoi City are King Bar (Nguyen Huu Canh Street), Nguyen Phuong Dong Bar (179 Ly Thuong Kiet), Buffalo Pub & Hostel (4 Nguyen Du), 27cm Pub & Café (27 Truong Phap) and Thach Thao Bar – Café (44 Nguyen Trai).
♦ Cuisine: Wine, beer, cocktails and mocktails.
8. KARAOKE – INDULGING IN THE PASSION FOR SINGING
A popular evening entertainment activity for many people in Quang Binh is karaoke. Private rooms with high-quality stereo, large screens and good stage performances are the ideal place for people of all ages to enjoy their passion for singing. There are many kinds of music: popular or old music, Vietnamese music or foreign music, love songs or children’s songs. Karaoke rooms have a huge database for you to choose from countless lyrics.
♦ Top tips: Some Karaoke places in Dong Hoi City include G8 Karaoke (58 Ly Thuong Kiet), Thai Binh Karaoke (46 Ly Thuong Kiet), Tan Loc Phat Karaoke (28 Mac Dinh Chi), Karaoke of Color (Thanh Nien Street) and Karaoke By Night (5 Ngo Quyen).
♦ Cuisine: At the karaoke bars wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks are on offer.
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