Quang Binh Citadel is located in Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province. It is a complex of high fences and towers, forming a fortress that protected the kings and the capital of the Nguyen dynasty since 1630. The citadel is 1500 m away from Nhat Le Beach; it stands vividly as an honorable symbol of the brave country, attracting visitors from many places around the country and the world.
Mother Nguyen Thi Suot (1906 – 1968), was a labor heroine in the Vietnam War, a 60-year-old woman who risked her life doggedly ferrying Vietnamese soldiers and artillery in a small wooden boat to the other side of the bank of Nhat Le River. The Mother Suot Statue stands proudly in a square next to Nhat Le River and has become a historical tourism place in Quang Binh. The statue is stone-crafted as a picture of the courageous Mother Suot as she was sailing across the river with soldiers on board.
Tam Toa Church is an old Catholic church built during the late 19th Century in Dong Hoi, Quang Binh Province. During the Vietnam War, the church was destroyed by American bombs and only the facade & the big bell remains behind some iron gates. Tam Toa Church is considered as a historical symbol of the enduring lives of Vietnam through wars and an endless pride of the local people.
Nhat Le Beach is a beach in Dong Hoi, which is the capital of Quang Binh Province, located on the mouth of the Nhat Le River as it empties into the East Sea. The beach is generally empty with a smattering of locals, a few hotels and restaurants, scattered construction work, and a small play park for kids. The sand here is soft and fine, and the view is gorgeous. There is a four-star resort at the opposite bank of the river.
The Dong Hoi local market is located along the bank of Nhat Le River. Almost every city in Vietnam will have its own wet market, but the market in Dong Hoi is actually quite impressive in terms of size and variety of fresh products. Dong Hoi is a significant fishing port along the Vietnamese coast, so the selection is wide. Don’t forget to stop by local cafes to enjoy the traditional Vietnamese fashion of having coffee while browsing around the city.