Hai Van Pass: Exploring Vietnam’s Breathtaking Mountain Road in Danang

As one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world, Hai Van Pass is the boundary of Thua Thien – Hue province and Da Nang City, which is battered, meandering, and striking between majestic green mountains. Let Indochina Voyages lead you on the trip to this marvelous pass!

Hai Van is one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world
Hai Van is one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world

What do you know about Hai Van Pass?

  • Located in central Vietnam, Hai Van Pass is a mountainous route that stretches between the cities of Da Nang and Hue.
  • It stretches along the slopes of Hai Van Mountain and is 500m above sea level.
  • It is the boundary of Thua Thien – Hue province and Da Nang City
  • At times, it curls up along the mountainside and sometimes it suddenly turns to create strange zigzag lines.
  • Historical Significance: Delve into the pass’s historical importance, as it served as a natural boundary between the ancient kingdoms of Champa and Dai Viet.
  • It has been featured in literature, poetry, and even popular television shows.

The Hai Van Pass tour with a high mountain on the one side and the sea on the other side will give you a magnificent and mesmerizing nature picture. It is undeniable that this place is a wonderful work of natural creation and marvelous human work.

Ideal time to go

The best time for Hai Van is during the dry months from April to July. You can also visit it from December to March. But a note for you is that at this time, the weather is a bit cold. Therefore, you have to make sure to bring enough warm clothes with you.

From August to December, it rains a lot, the road is foggy and the beach may be cloudy. As a result, you will not only meet a dangerous situation when moving but also hard to take a nice picture and enjoy the beauty of this pass.

The best time for Hai Van is during the dry months from April to July
Choosing the right time is one of the most important factors in having a wonderful picture in Hai Van pass

How to get there?

Being the boundary of Thua Thien – Hue province and Da Nang City, there are plenty of ways to experience this road in lots of different directions.

Hai Van Pass from Hoi An

The most popular route to travel from Hue to Hoi An is through Hai Van Pass. You can rent a motorbike at the starting point (Hue or Hoi An) and return it to your destination. Your baggage can be delivered to the rental company and will be transported to the destination when you return the motorbike.

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Hai Van Pass from Hue

It will be interesting if you drive along the coast from Hue. Follow road 49 in Thuan An direction and along a large lake to return to National Highway 1A. Note that you should not take the highway from the beginning, because the road outside the highway is better and able to avoid many large trucks.

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The breathtaking views of the mountain and coast
The breathtaking views of the mountain and coast

Hai Van Pass to Da Nang

This is the boundary between Da Nang and Hue’s ancient capital. If you take a flight to Hue first, you can enjoy the wonderful scenery from Hue to Da Nang. At the normal speed without stopping, it will take you about 4-5 hours for car driving from Hue to Da Nang. Therefore, to have both times to admire the incredible nature and discover Da Nang, you should depart in the morning from 09:00 or 10:00.

For convenience, you should move in the direction from Da Nang city to the pass by hiring vehicles such as motorbikes, and cars. However, as most cars choose to go through the tunnel pass, moving by car to the pass is quite limited. A motorbike is a good option for you to fully experience the feeling of conquering the pass with a high and dangerous slope. You can also freely stop at any place just for sightseeing, to take pictures of memories, or to rest.

Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach

Down the Pass is Lang Co Bay. At the time of the railway crossing along the pass road, you should stop to enjoy the beautiful view of Lang Co Bay which must be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Occasionally, a train runs through the bay creating a beautiful and charming painting of nature.

People in Lang Co are very friendly and hospitable, so don’t be shy about talking and asking local people to find the way to the sandy beach at the foot of Lang Co Bridge.

Come here and merge with the clear blue water, you can feel the wonder of nature bringing to earth which is rarely found in another bay. The sea water here is very shallow so you can freely play but also note not to go too far from the shore. What a wonderful experience and one day of traveling Hai Van Pass to Lang Co.

Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach is one of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches in Vietnam

Now you must be wondering in which way you should move to this excellent Pass. Let’s read more to find out which vehicle is the best choice

Best way to experience

Here are some best options for you to catch the sense of Hai Van Pass.

Motorbike tour

Motorbike is the best means for you to fully experience the feeling of conquering Hai Van Pass. Moving by motorbike, you can flexibly stop at many places on the pass to go sightseeing, take photos, take a rest, etc. If you move from Da Nang, after about 1 hour, you will reach it.

You should note that when going down the mountain, you should check your motorbike, go at a low speed, and the low motorbike numbers. It is best to go on your trip before sunset to avoid dangerous bends.


To overcome this pass, you can sit in a car going through the 7km long pass tunnel. But it will be a much more interesting feeling if you pass 21km of the dangerous road yourself. It will certainly be really challenging and exciting at the same time when you have to cross the winding bends, with a steep slope.

You can stop each time tired, and enjoy the fresh air where the altitude is over 500m to “load” energy before continuing the journey to conquer. Setting foot on the top of the pass will be a worthy reward where you can witness the amazing natural scenery that there is no camera lens can fully convey.


Hai Van railway supply is located east of the road axis, close to the sea. You can see many sections, one side is the cliff, and the other is deep. With the train, you can get through 18 bridges and 6 underground tunnels, of which the shortest is 85 m, and the longest is 600m.

Explore Hai Van Pass by train
Hopping on the train is the most enjoyable way to get the dazzling view of this Pass

Whether you ride a motorbike, hire a car, or join a guided tour, this mountain road promises an extraordinary adventure. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and cultural heritage that define the heart of Vietnam. Get ready to create cherished memories as you explore and unlock the secrets of this remarkable destination.

Suggested Vietnam tours going through Hai Van Pass:

  1. Vietnam Cultural Highlights 14 Days
  2. Vietnam & Cambodia Discovery 15 Days
  3. Hidden Beauty Central Vietnam 6 Days

In conclusion, no matter how you choose to conquer Hai Van Pass, it is surely what you do not want to miss. You are recommended to contact Indochina Voyages for the best Vietnam tour arrangement.

From Indochina Voyages Team!

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