Central Vietnam #5 – Hai Van

This is the last episode of my central Vietnam adventure. After finished touring the Marble Mountain, we hop on our rented bikes and headed towards Hai Van pass. Hai Van pass was said to be one of the most scenic mountain pass in South East Asia so we decided to check it ourselves. The weather was clear with blue skies all around. From the marble mountain area, we headed back towards the city because Hai Van pass is on the north side of the city, towards Hue.

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As we cruise along the coastline, the petrol meter was already running below half. We opted to find a place to fill the tank because we anticipated that it will be a long journey. As there were large numbers of motorbikes around Da Nang, fuel are sold in small shops by the roadside. The shop owner uses the manual pump to drive the fuel into the motorbike. Coming from a country which enjoys a subsidized fuel from the government, the fuel rate in Vietnam is double the amount what I paid in Malaysia.

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So after filling up the tank, off we go!. We decided to take the road by the beach as there were less traffic compared to going through the city, although it was a bit far. With the help of the map on my iphone, we managed to find our way to get there. After more than 30 minutes, there were no more high rise or modern building and that is where the hilly road starts.

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We made a few stops on the way to the top. There were hardly any vehicles around, just a few that passed by in 5-10 minutes interval. Since the opening of the new tunnel connecting Da Nang to Hue, people don’t really use this road. Only tourists doing a motorbike trip, lorries and a few locals used the road.

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It began to get colder as we cruise further up and the view also began to be more breathtaking. I was quite amused with the landscape during the journey up the hilly roads. Before the trip, riding a motorbike to Hai Van never crossed my mind actually. I was grateful that we followed Biqque & Shahrul’s idea to ride up till Hai Van.

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After another 20 minutes, we arrived at Hai Van. This is actually the middle point of the road between Da Nang & Hue. There were many stalls there and some even cover up one of the bunkers. Like all tourist places, we were approached by some people selling things that you don’t need. We politely decline them and went up the old forts area and took our time with the photos.

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After resting for about 30 minutes there, we decided to head back down the hill, back to Da Nang city.To be honest there was nothing much to see up there at Hai Van. Only the old forts and some bunkers but the journey to get there was awesome.


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