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Dong Ha


If you need to make any purchases, or just get away from the zoo, head up Le Van Huu to where it meets up with Highway 9 on as it passes through Dong Ha. A short way up you'll find Hung Vuong, which is really Dong Ha's main street. There's no accommodation, but there are plenty of shops selling DVDs, shoes, clothing, etc. The cafes here offer a mellow alternative as well.

Banking can be done along Le Duan (Highway 1). The Incom Bank is on the west side of the road, just south of Le Van Huu. They charge 1.25% on the full amount per transaction for traveller's cheques. Save money by going to the Vietcom Bank across the street -- no commission on dollars for dong. You'll find a 24-hour ATM here, and another BIDV bank ATM just to the north in front of the Hieu Giang Hotel.

Decent internet cafes can be found along Le Duan -- the most convenient place is right across the street from the bus station, but it's not the cheapest. The main post office is nearby, long distance phone services are available.

If you show up in Dong Ha planning to take a DMZ tour, be sure to check out our feature story on doing a tour to the DMZ. The most reliable company in town seems to be Sepon Travel, but the DMZ Cafe remains popular, and you may luck out and find an independent guide who gives a good tour.

Incom Bank: Le Duan. Hours: Weekdays 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:30
Internet: 17 Le Duan, Dong Ha. T: (053) 857 177. Hours: 07:00 to 23:00. 6,000 VND per hour
Post Office: 183 Le Duan, Dong Ha. T: (053) 856 192. F: (053) 557 421
Sepon Travel: 189 Le Duan, Dong Ha. T: (053) 855 288, 289, (0905) 140 600. F: (053) 552 688. vusepon @ yahoo.com

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