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Dong Ha is a city in central Vietnam. It's the closest major city to the DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone, the area around the former border between North and South Vietnam.
Travel agents in Hue offer cheap buses to and from Dong Ha as part of their DMZ tours. It's also used for connections to Savannakhet in Laos. It's have mini Bus or Van from Hue(50,000D.) and Danang(100,000D.) all day.
Bus to Savannakhet run by sepon express company departs from Dong Ha on every odd dates 1,3,5th and Back from savannakhet even number day 2,4,6,... (except 31 or 29 Feb no bus leave )cost 180,000 dong. The Bus leave Dong Ha at 08:00 arrive Lao Bao 11.00 to do immigration 1-2 hr. and arrive in Savannakhet at about 16:00 or 17:00.
Also have Van(Someone call mafia bus) to Lao Bao broader cost 35,000-50,000dong run all day
Express VN Train Sai Gon-Hanoi(S1,S2,S3,S4) not stop at Dong Ha station only Local(Slow) train stop.
Mine Action Visitor Center, Kid First Village, Dong Ha. Excellent museum on the on going effects of UXO (unexploded ordinance) in the DMZ area. A little difficult to find look for the blue sign on Ly Thuong Kiet Street and follow the dirt road past the Lake. Admission free. Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. www.landmines.org.vn/visitor_center/the_center.html
ATM boxes are every where right in the city. You can use both Local banks' card and VISA or MasterCard.
Dong Ha, Tran Hung Dao street. edit One of the largest markets of the country. People can easily find affordable goods and souvenirs here, most of which are from China and Thailand. Travelers never want to miss this place when they visit Dong Ha city.
Co.opMart Dong Ha.
Tam's Cafe, 81 Tran Hung Dao Street. Excellent coffee and selection of drinks some good western food and basic Vietnamese dishes. Very helpful owner can arrange tours and help with anything you may need. Most likely place to meet other travelers in town.
The Trade Labor Union Guesthouse, provides lodging for 160,000 Dong/Night (15USD if you only have greenbacks).
Violet Hotel, Ba Trieu, Dong Ha, Vietnam . Excellent budget hotel located near Tran Hun Dao St. Clean rooms with helpful staff, good A/C , hot showers, mini bar, TV. Singles 220,000. Very close to excellent lake side restaurants. Tam's cafe can help with directions.
Minivans run to Lao Bao (50,000 Dong). The Dong Ha train station grants you access to any other city you wish to travel in Vietnam.
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