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Hai van pass

Remote Bach Ma National Park tt. Lăng Cô, Phú Lộc Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam Published on: 25-05-2016

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Hai van pass is an ideal destination for adventurous tourist who would like to do a motorbike trip to see the lives of Vietnamese.

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Why Hai van pass is special ?

The Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son mountain range that juts into the sea. the road climbs to an elevation of 496m, passing south of the Ai Van Son peak (1172m)


It’s an incredibly mountainous stretch of highway – you may have seen the spectacular views on BBC TV’s Top Gear Vietnam special. The railway track, with its many tunnels, goes around the peninsula, following the beautiful and deserted shoreline.



In the 15th century this pass formed the boundary between Vietnam and the kingdom of Champa. Until the American War it was heavily forested. At the summit is a bullet-scarred French fort, later used as a bunker by the South Vietnamese and US armies.


Source: lonelyplanet.com

What to explore at Hai van pass?

Rent a motorbike from Hoi An or Danang to the south of the Hai Van Pass or from Hue to the north. Motorbikes can be rented through most hotels and guesthouses for between 150-200,000VNĐ ($7-10) a day. You don’t necessarily need a driving license and you don’t necessarily need to leave your passport with the hotel or rental company – everything is negotiable – and certainly don’t leave your passport if you are planning on an overnight trip; all hotels and guesthouses in Vietnam require your passport in order to stay.

The journey between the Hoi An/Danang and Hue via the Hai Van Pass is 100-160km depending on which route you choose to take. Driving time is approximately 3-5 hours, but allow at least another 3 hours for soaking up the scenery, stopping for seafood along the coast, coffee at the top of the pass, and for any unforeseen circumstances, such as bad weather and flat tyres.

Once at the top of the pass, for those who want an even more impressive view, take the narrow concrete path leading up behind the Old Gate. This goes straight up to the communications tower at the top of the mountain. Be warned it’s very steep – you’ll need a powerful bike!

Source: http://vietnamcoracle.com/

How to get to Hai van pass?

The section of Highway 1 between Phu Loc and the Hai Van Pass goes through a lovely landscape of lagoons, mountains and valleys. However, the two smaller passes on this section of road, while beautiful, are also dangerous, due to the build-up of slow-moving heavy goods vehicles on the steep slopes and mad coach drivers in a race to the grave. Drive slowly and take care.

Source: http://vietnamcoracle.com/

Selling points

  • “Excellent Scenery”
  • “Great View of the mountains and the sea”
  • "the most marvellous wonder"”
  • “Epic road, Epic views, Epic fun!!!”
  • “One of National Geographic's Top 50”
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Duration
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168.20 USD
Total travel distance
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  • Motorbikers and cyclists are not permitted to ride through the tunnel (but you can pay to have your bike transported through in a truck). Sure it saves time, but on a nice day it really is a shame to miss the views from the pass.
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First things first, there is only ONE way to do the hai van pass to get the best out of it: On a motorbike, with a group of friends on a sunny day with partial clouds.Generally I don't ride bikes much and definitely not in the big cities in Asia as I find it can be quite dangerous for the inexperienced, The Hai Van Pass though has very little traffic on it as there is a freeway that bypasses it which most local cars and trucks use instead of scaling the mountain road.The feeling biking this 21km coastal mountain road is almost indescribable. As you climb up into the mountains the views start to emerge as great... and then they become amazing... and then incredible... and by the time you reach the peak you are like a child filled with wonder because they are goddamn spectacular!!If you are lucky enough to have the weather conditions I described above, you will find that at certain points you might be riding through a cloud. You might find at the top that you can look down at clouds floating at half the height you are at.It would be feasible (and indeed more comfortable) to do this road in a car or tour/mini van but would it be as much fun? no chance.It is by far and away the best road I have ever been on and some of the best views I have seen in my life.a MUST for vietnam travellers.

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We rented a motorcycle to ride from Hue to Hoi An and rode through the Hai Van pass. Not only was the scenery great, the road is amazing fun to ride on. Since most traffic goes through a tunnel, you kind of have to pass to yourself. If we had had more time, I would have done it a couple of times.

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This weekend, I made my 2nd visit to the Hai Van Pass. The first was by car in 2007 traveling from Hoi An and DaNang to Hue. This weekend, I had stayed in Hue and rented a motobike for a day trip from Hue to DaNang. It was awesome. The scenery is some of the most spectacular I have ever encountered and the road was good, unlike many places in the world.This is the dividing line between North and South Vietnam and French and American markings are everywhere. The American bunkers can be easily visited but the real gem is at the top of the hill. Using Mapmytrails, it was 1 mile (1.5 km) to the top where there are not only many unvisited bunker/gunneries but the chance to see the shoreline to the East and the panoramic view of DaNang to the south and the coastline to the north and the beaches to the east. Truly spectacular. Simply walk the narrow paved path by the first American bunker. Ultimately, it leads to the TV/communication towers at the top but those are incidental to not only the strategic importance of the high point but to the vantage point to enjoy the beauty.

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First things first, there is only ONE way to do the hai van pass to get the best out of it: On a motorbike, with a group of friends on a sunny day with partial clouds. Generally I don't ride bikes much and definitely not in the big cities in Asia as I find it can be quite dangerous for the inexperienced, The Hai Van Pass though has very little traffic on it as there is a freeway that bypasses it which most local cars and trucks use instead of scaling the mountain road. The feeling biking this 21km coastal mountain road is almost indescribable. As you climb up into the mountains the views start to emerge as great... and then they become amazing... and then incredible... and by the time you reach the peak you are like a child filled with wonder because they are goddamn spectacular!! If you are lucky enough to have the weather conditions I described above, you will find that at certain points you might be riding through a cloud. You might find at the top that you can look down at clouds floating at half the height you are at. It would be feasible (and indeed more comfortable) to do this road in a car or tour/mini van but would it be as much fun? no chance. It is by far and away the best road I have ever been on and some of the best views I have seen in my life.

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