Vinh is a major city in Northern Vietnam.
Vinh's role as an industrial port city led to heavy destruction by aerial bombing during the war, as a result it has remained a drab, rather uninteresting place.
Getting to Vinh
As the largest city between Hanoi and Hue, it's on the route for buses along the coast.
There is also a bus from the bus station to Phonsavan in Laos. Visa for Laos available at border, bus leaves every second day in the morning 6 AM.
The train line between Vinh and Dong Hoi to the south takes an inland route different from Highway 1, and there is some excellent scenery along the way. If you're travelling along the coast by bus, consider taking a break here and go by train.