There’s not a lot left to see of Vinh’s citadel (1831) apart from the sludgy
green moat and three gates: Left Gate (Cua Ta; Ð Dao Tan), Right Gate (Cua Huu; Ð
Dao Tan) and Front Gate (Cua Tien; Khoi 5 Ð Dang Thai Than).
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Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Museum
The walk between the Left and Right Gates of the citadel provides a pleasant
interlude and passes the little-visited Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Museum, which memorialises
local heroes of the nationalist movement against the French in 1930–1.
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Cua Lo Beach
It’s pleasant enough, with white sand, clean water and a shady grove of pine trees – but the concrete, karaoke, massage parlours and litter won’t suit many travellers. Nevertheless, if you have time to kill, come for a cooling dip and a seafood lunch at one of the beach restaurants.
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Ho Chi Minh’s birthplace in Hoang Tru, and the village of Kim Lien, where he spent some of his formative years, are 14km northwest of Vinh. For all that these are popular pilgrimage spots for the party faithful, there’s little to see other than recreated houses of bamboo and palm leaves, dressed (barely) with a few pieces of furniture.
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