On the way from Hue to Da nang and Danang to Hoi an by cars or motorbikes, tourists have a chance to visit a breathtaking destination that everyone passing it will never forget. It’s Hai Van pass. Hai Van Pass is situated along the Hai Van mountainside, like a giant dragon, lying on Highway 1 on the border of Thua Thien-Hue Province and Danang City, and is one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam.
Visit Hai Van pass on the way to Da nang and Hoi an by car or motorbike
Hai Van Pass is between Hue and Da nang, so if you want to go from Hue to Hoi an, you can pass Hai Van pass to go from Hue to Da nang, then continue to transfer from Da nang to Hoi an. Hai Van pass is an ideal place for those who want to contemplate the fresh beauty of nature.
The Hai Van Pass crosses over a spur of the Truong Son mountain range that juts out into the sea and serves as a geological and geographical dividing line. It forms a physical boundary between the north and the south of Viet Nam, and in the past has been considered an important strategic frontier post along the north-south road.
Hai Van pass means Ocean Clouds pass as the peak of the mountain is in the clouds while its foot is close to the sea. With a height of 500m above sea level, and a length of 21km, this is the highest and longest pass in Vietnam. A visit to the pass will satisfy any desire to conquer the Hai Van peak, and you will enjoy yourself in a stunning natural setting. To pass the Hai Van pass, you should be a good driver because there is no more dangerous mountain pass in Viet Nam than Hai Van pass and it will be a long journey when you have to drive continuously for about 1 hour to pass the pass. Despite this challenge, tourists to this pass will be stunned by its spectacular scenery and the harmonious beauty of the clouds, mountains and sea.
Stopping at the top of Hai Van Pass, tourists can visit a rampart and a fortified gateway built in 1826, during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. The side of the gate facing Thua Thien-Hue Province is inscribed with the 3 words “Hai Van Quan” (Hai Van Gate). The other side, looking down on Da Nang and Quang Nam Province, says “Thien ha de nhat hung quan” (The most marvellous wonder). Despite its long history, the gate is still solid, but it is now covered with moss. Nowadays, on the top of the pass, there is also a collection of cafes and gift shops. Toilets are also available. Here, tourists can stop to take a short rest, have a refreshing drink or buy some souvernir before continuing their journey.
Lining the peak of the mountain is the immense abyss dotted with the light and dark green colours of the trees. Sometimes, this pass is so cloudy that visitors feel like they are stepping into a fanciful and mysterious world. From the top of the Hai Van Pass, on nice days, one can admire Lang Co beach to the north and enjoy the whole view of Da nang on the South. The pass is a great place for dazzling panoramic views over Da Nang, the Tien Sa Port, the Son Tra Peninsula, the Cham Islands, and the picturesque endless white-sand beaches.
On 27 August 2000, a 6,274m-long road tunnel started to be built under Hai Van Pass. It is now the longest and most modern tunnel in South East Asia. Most vehicles now take this tunnel route, and the diversion of traffic from the Pass road has made that a much safer, quieter and more enjoyable route. Motorbikes and bicycles are not permitted to be ridden through the tunnel, but are carried through on shuttle vehicles. Although Hai Van tunnel will help tourists save time when travelling from Hue to Da nang and then Da nang to Hoi an, many tourists still choose to pass Hai Van pass because of the beautiful scenery viewed from it.
The view from the pass is well worth making a stop here. It’s really an amazing view and words can not enough to describe how beautiful this pass is. You will never know how amazing it is if you do not explore it yourself.