The Hai Van Pass is a 21 km long road section that connects Da Nang with Lang Co in Hue Province. As an impressive pass of both danger and majestic natural beauty, it is no wonder that Hai Van Pass is a must-see for any traveling lovers when they come to Da Nang.
The Most Scenic Hillside Road
Hai Van Pass is on a north-south national route connecting Da Nang City to Thua Thien-Hue Province. It is just 20 kilometers away from Da Nang and 80 kilometers away from Thua Thien – Hue Province. Hai Van Pass was previously known as Ai Van Pass. After that, the pass was renamed May Pass because it was hidden in the clouds (in Vietnam, the word “May” means cloud). This pass has an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level, and the length of the curving road is about 20 kilometers. With a great number of mountains and rich forest flora on the one side, as well as a breathtaking view of the sea on the other side, the amazing gift of nature attracts tourists from all over the world to come and explore every inch of one of the best coastal roads in Viet Nam.
Despite the dangerous and crooked curves of the road, those adventurous tourists still choose Hai Van Pass as an exciting way to get to Thua Thien-Hue Province. Getting refreshed breezes while riding on the motorbike on the stimulating road would make you forget all the noise, pollution, and traffic congestion in the city. Furthermore, you might be strangely intrigued by the vaporous sunbeams across the forest and clouds floating in the air. Then, you gradually feel affection for it and almost blow the cobwebs away.
Hai Van Tunnel
Due to the difficulty of transportation of Hai Van Pass, Hai Van Tunnel was inaugurated in 2005 thanks to the collaboration between the two countries, Vietnam and Japan. With a length of 6.28 kilometers, Hai Van Tunnel becomes the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia. This wonder gate makes traveling from Da Nang to Thua Thien – Hue Province quicker, safer, and easier than before. Moreover, paralleling the current main tunnel, the construction of the second tunnel called “Hai Van Tunnel 2” began on February 25, 2017, and was completed in 2021.
The purpose of the expansion is to meet the great needs of transporting goods and passengers. It helps enhance the efficiency of vehicular circulation and ensures transport safety and security. However, if you are an outdoor person, you might feel upset when going through the dark and unventilated tunnel.
The means of traveling to Hai Van Pass
There are three ways to get to Hai Van Pass. The first way is by car or taxi, which is comfortable for the family group because it will shorten the time of finding a way for the pass and is quite safe for everyone. The next one is by motorbike, so you could easily stop by any location on the road to take photos or admire the picturesque mountain scenery under the deep blue sky. It is also the most preferable way for many tourists who suffer from motion sickness and are unable to go by other transportations. Anyway, always pay much attention when you are driving on the road, especially in dangerous curves. The last way is suitable for some people who want to enjoy the train trip and stay away from the scorching sun as well. The railway journey via the Hai Van pass starts at Kim Lien station and ends at Lang Co station. You will have an unforgettable moment on the train when viewing the beauty of the South China Sea or the fishing villages along the coast.
Other check-in locations in Hai Van Pass
Van village is a small and remote village located beneath the Hai Van Pass. The unspoiled beauty of Van village is the most appealing to visitors. The village features a lengthy beach as well as a vast pine forest. When you visit Van village, you will have an opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting activities, such as swimming, fishing, and having an overnight picnic.
The lonely pine tree
The lonely pine tree amid the scenery of the bending pass road is like a unique drawing in the painting of Hai Van Pass. On scorching days, the pine tree is also a cool place for travelers to rest and regain energy for the rest of the road. With its romantic surroundings, it is a favorite hangout for young people in Hai Van Pass when they want to take amazing photos.
Cu Rua Stone
Cu Rua Stone is located 500 meters above sea level in the magnificent landscape of Hai Van Pass. It is regarded as one of the most attractive sites for tourists to hunt clouds and capture unforgettable moments with friends. In addition, there is also a coffee shop nearby where you might enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the breathtaking view of Cu Rua Stone.
Hai Van Gate
Hai Van Gate, also known as Hai Van Quan, is located at the top of Hai Van Pass. This place marked many important historical milestones in the wars against the invasions of enemies. At the gate, you can capture the panorama of the sea and sky of Da Nang city and take lots of pictures to save your memories.
Lang Co Bay
The greatest way to appreciate the entire grandeur of Lang Co Bay is to stand at the top of Hai Van Pass. From above, a panoramic picture of the crescent-shaped bay is visible. The gorgeous Bach Ma mountain range is covered in white clouds, and the fishing village is placed close to a jade green beach. When going to the bay, you may participate in some enjoyable activities such as fishing, diving, walking along the coastline, and trying a variety of delicious specialties at a reasonable price. You can start a conversation with people to find out about the local culture. This is also an excellent location for newly-wed couples to take stunning photographs or spend their romantic honeymoon.