Independent Visitor Information at the Tree Hugger
Are you thinking about visiting Dong Hoi or the Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, did you just arrive to Dong Hoi or do you just want to get to know a little more about Dong Hoi and its surroundings?
We have tried to compile a number of different information materials throughout the past years that inform about local ‘sights’, things to do and about a little bit of history. Maps on Dong Hoi and Phong Nha - Ke Bang as well as the ‘Little Tree Hugger Guides’ and small info frames are available for reading in the Tree Hugger. We are also happy if you make use of the ‘Tree Hugger Vietnam’ app, which is meant to serve you as a free and independent travel information source. It can be downloaded with apple store and google play.
A Little Bit of History of Dong Hoi
Quang Binh Province is rich in history. While it is not always easy to follow the complex relationships that existed during different time periods, we tried and put the history of this area into a context of regional/Vietnamese history, starting from the 17th century and ending around the end of the 2nd Indochina War in 1975, in a tiny gallery ;). Some historical information can also be found in the ‘Tree Hugger Vietnam’ app.
By the way, the Dong Hoi Museum has also recently opened its doors (from Monday to Friday with a lunch break). Knowing a little bit more about Vietnam's recent past may also help you understand more about some of the behaviors and beliefs of Vietnamese.
Environmental Awareness in Dong Hoi
You may sometimes see people carelessly throwing garbage on the side of the street or sweeping something together tidily but then, again, leaving it there…this may have to do with the perception that every night, people will be there to clean up the street anyway.
Many families still do not practice any division of garbage and put into one bag whatever may be considered as garbage. Despite the fact that there is a garbage disposal company picking up garbage every day in urban areas, some households still dump trash into canals and rivers.
…while some locals, youth unions and cities that live also from tourism volunteer cleaning up, there are sometimes discrepancies in general behaviour…e.g. that plastic bags are still generously handed out at local markets and in supermarkets. The trash just seems to pile up further and it is visible along streets and beaches.
But things are also slowly changing…
…littering is increasingly considered an offence…the government slowly tries to set up and implement laws that promote, amongst other, the reduction of disposable plastic.
Learn also more about waste disposal and energy use and production in Dong Hoi in our tiny gallery on the 2nd floor :).