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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass October 8th 2013

Yesterday me and louise arrived into Hoi An after our 13 hour over night bus journey. It was not as comfy as the one had previously been on. We were on the back row each having a seat/bed, but there were 5 in a row, and typical me, I had the one that didn't lie flat and then it was the second one in that had the isle at the end of my feet, and a combination of no seat belt, sitting fairly up right and one the top bunk so to speak, everytime the bus braked, I slid forward. Not the best night sleep, but any bus journey wouldn't be complete without the bus river constantly beeping his horn..... even at 3am. Lovely man. So our hotel is great, were staying at the SunFlower Hotel. ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass June 11th 2013

It took us 2 days of hair-raising motorbiking to reach our goal. The Hai Van pass - a 21km long stretch of tarmac that wraps around the green mountains north of Da Nang - had, until earlier today, been nothing more than a distant dream, conceived long ago in a dingy pub back in frosty England. Today, Sam, Sam, Harry and I found that our heavy expectations could not meet the spectacular experience of driving a motorbike on one of the world's most scenic roads. Even Top Gear could not do the road justice. It's the closest to vehicular paradise we may ever get. The adventure began to feel tangible when we arrived in our base in Hoi An - one of the few remaining ancient cities in Vietnam. Here, we found ourselves surrounded by a ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass April 9th 2013

Day 7 - Today we had a long drive to Hoi An going over the beautiful and scenic Hai Van Pass. On the way we stopped to see the China Beach, the Cham museum and Marble Mountain. Here some of the caves were used by the Viet Cong during as a hospital during the Vietnam War. I was also surprised to see a giant marble Budda inside and one on the hillside which looked so white apparently it had been painted to restore it. We walked up the steps to the Mountain but there is a life on the outside which really looks out of place and was for the very lazy tourist! We will spend three nights here in Hoi An which will be a welcome rest. Day 8 - We had the morning to ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass April 10th 2012

An early start saw us leaving Hue behind for a road trip of four hours through towns and villages, heading up into the mountains with the coast running along the left hand side of the road (with an ever increasing drop!). We were taking the road across the Hai Van pass, which I found out afterwards is the most dangerous road in Vietnam - so dangerous they built a tunnel road to use as an alternative! But what stunning scenery the way we went. Beautiful misty mountains covered in lush vegetation on one side of the road and on the other, in the distance, we could see the crashing waves of the ocean. We pulled in to a 'happy house' stop by the side of a lagoon with stunning views and while some of the group ... read more
Views from the bus over the Hai Van pass
Views from the bus over the Hai Van pass
Views from the bus over the Hai Van pass

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass October 19th 2011

Surprisingly the previous night’s beer fest was resting OK after the standard fare of bread and jam for breakfast. At 9am the Easy Rider’s arrived. I was with one Easy Rider and a Swiss guy, Matthias, who we had met the previous day, was on another. Mike and Zoe were braving it on a scooter. We loaded our gear onto our bikes and set off. Not 10 minutes down the road and the heavens opened. It was still rainy season in Viet Nam so we expected the odd downpour, but the rain didn’t subside for a while. Even so, the road out of Hue was fine and we were soon I the countryside, cruising alongside rice paddies and lakes. Our first stop was a place called Loc Hoa Lagoon where we pulled over for a short ... read more
Loc Hoa Lagoon
Loc Hoa Lagoon
Enroute to the Hai Van Pass

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Da Nang » Hai Van Pass January 7th 2008

The first image in this blog is a photo of me when standing at the summit of Hải Vân Pass (altitude 1,500m) in central Vietnam. This pass is located between Huế and Đà Nẵng, and to get there we have to climb up and down by car through many hair-pin curves. Hải Vân means "Ocean Clouds" in English, which is most apt since the peak of the mountain reaches toward the clouds, while its foot extends to the East Sea. In my opinion, the drive along this pass is the most scenic in Vietnam. We could view both mountains and sea, as well as both directions North and South in Vietnam. Some years ago, the Hải Vân pass was the only road connecting northern and southern Vietnam, until a day when a strong land collapse happened ... read more
Old French fort
Highway No. 1
Old French fort




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