1. Dong Hoi City, April 2018. The peaceful riverside city of Dong Hoi is the capital of Quang Binh Province. Hugging the north central coastline of Vietnam, there are around twelve kilometers of beaches extending out from the city centre, which makes it all the more surprising just how far off the tourist trail Dong Hoi seems to be. Taking an afternoon walk through the city’s river promenade and park, I found the place deserted, with barely a fisherman in sight. After my action-packed days in Hanoi and Halong Bay, this was just what I needed!