on Dong Hoi and the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park
Dong Hoi is as fast growing as many other cities in Vietnam, but it has somehow remained its small town and slow-paced character. It makes a nice place to recharge ones batteries as well as it makes a nice base to explore the landscape and caves of the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, which is a mere 45km away.
In the Tree Hugger, you can find maps for Dong Hoi and Phong Nha - Ke Bang as well as independent travel guides that can help to find your way around the area.
With the intention to guide visitors (as well as locals) around the area and to know more about the sites and the history, the Tree Hugger developed the ´Tree Hugger Vietnam´ app. This is a free app that includes visitor information on Dong Hoi, the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park and Quang Binh Province, on the Tree Hugger as well as on information that might be useful for you to know, if you stay longer in this part of Vietnam. It is both available for iOS and Android.
a little history of Quang Binh Province
Quang Binh is part of Vietnam’s North Central Region. It features the narrowest stretch of land in Vietnam, with 40km from east to west. By chance, a number of times in the past, the Province has marked historical and political divides.
A little gallery on the 2nd floor of the Tree Hugger describes backgrounds and main events between the 17th century and the 2nd Indochina War in 1975.
Recently, the Quang Binh Museum opened its doors, where more can be learnt about the Province and its population. The Museum is opened during daily during office hours.
environmental awareness in Dong Hoi
Vietnam is 'developing' in a pace that is difficult to keep up with. There is also an increasing pressure that comes along for the natural environment. In Dong Hoi and its immediate surroundings, for example, rice paddies have to make way for new housing and industrial developments; beach and adjacent sand dunes with natural vegetation are leveled to make space for tourism projects.
While there is yet little awareness to reduce pressures by the individual, things are slowly changing. Littering is increasingly considered an offence and local governments are slowly implementing and enforcing laws that promote e.g. the reduction of disposable plastic, the set up of solid waste management and the compliance of building standards.
Learn also more about waste disposal and energy use in Dong Hoi in our tiny gallery on the 2nd floor :).