A city off the tourist radar and just a stone’s throw from Laos
Thousands of pilgrims flock to Vinh each year to pay their respects to the revered leader Ho Chi Minh, who died in 1969, at his birthplace in nearby commune of Kim Lien. It’s an important stop for those with an interest in the past 100 years of Vietnamese history because in Vinh, you can see where Ho Chi Minh was born and then jump to a period decades later to learn how the city was flattened during the Vietnam War and rebuilt with East German aid – evident in the ubiquitous, Soviet-style architecture.
For the traveller keen to explore the unbeaten path, Vinh has yet to feel the full impact of tourism. It offers visitors the chance to experience local life in a smaller Vietnamese city, not to mention relaxing on the beach or traversing the countryside.Jumping over to Laos? This is the ideal spot to stretch your legs for a day before getting a bus across the border.
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When to go
Vinh experiences very hot but dry summer weather from June to August. The wettest months are from September to November. Temperatures and rainfall are at their lowest from December to March. Domestic tourism is at its highest during the school holidays in June and July.
Flying with Jetstar
Jetstar flies direct to Vinh from Ho Chi Minh City. International passengers can fly to Vinh from Singapore via Ho Chi Minh City.
Jetstar Pacific flies direct to Vinh from Nha Trang from December 15, 2015.
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Ever-reliable Mai Linh is among the taxi companies that operate here. Motorbike taxis can be found on just about every corner, but negotiate prices up front. And don’t hesitate to start walking if you fancy an adventure – if you get lost in Vietnam, there will always be someone willing to give you a lift on their motorbike or help you on your way for a small fee.
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx VND 49,000-64,000 (US$2.30-3.00)
Airport pick-up can be arranged with your hotel