Hai Van - the spectacular pass connecting Danang and Hue

Hai Van Pass is floated above the blue sea surface of East Sea, stretched about 30 kilometers from Hue to Da Nang. It is a high mountain pass area located along the Vietnam coastline of 1.600 kilometers. Many centuries ago, this mountain pass area formed a dividing wall between ancient Cham culture in the South and civilization inheritance of Vietnamese ethnic in the Red River Delta as well as the dividing line between cultural influences from the North and the South Asia.

Today, Hai Van Pass is a climate barrier between the South and the North. The South owns tropical area influenced by South Asian monsoon climate with 2 different seasons: dry and rainy season. The North is situated inside the sub-temperate climate. Walking on Highway No.1, you will feel the caressed cool breeze as well as enjoy the amazing scenery along the road to one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam.
 
The cellar of Hai Van Pass to cross easier
The cellar of Hai Van, where the train starts to go from Danang to Hue 

From Da Nang, visitors go along to National Highway No. 1 then cross Nam O River to reach a same name village where is famous for manufacturing delicious sauce throughout the country. Starting from here, the road is slope up like white yarn wrapped on green mountainside until up to the peak, you will see the panoramic view of bay and city below appeared suddenly, so nice to stupor. Far away, the white sand ribbon of Non Nuoc beach spreads to the horizon, beyond the tottery rocks of Ngu Hanh Son.
 
Hai Van Pass with its right is mountain, and its left is emerald sea of My Khe Beach
One of the most spectacular and dangerous bend in the Pass.
 
From 496 meters elevation, this pass of clouds leaves tourists the impressive landscape of stretched coastal strip of Viet Nam. On top of the Pass there is a small shrine to worship mountain god symbolized by a tiger statue - the lord of forest, while there are several small shrines along the road to remember people those who had accident and died. Moss was growing full of bunker - called Don Nhat - built by the French in 1826 to defend this strategic pass. It has durably gripped on the slope for decades and from here visitors can take a view along the pass from both sides.

Don Nhat witnessed many uprisings of Vietnam people during a struggle against the French colonialists’ domination. After that, this bunker was transferred to the hands of the US. Vietnam People's Army had once used this bunker to fire into Da Nang.
 
Hai Van in the sunset 
 
The road starts sloping then straight to the city of Hue. Looking down from high, the path looks like a yarn which run zigzagging with so many corners makes us feel an endless road. But only until you begin to lose hope, the cars glide around the final corner and a very spectacular landscape appears before your eyes: Lang Co beach and Lang Co fishing village.

Though you are at temporary stop point or the final point of the journey, Lang Co always is a great destination in your route through Hai Van Pass. Crossing Hai Van Pass, travelers will move on to flat delta-roads. It’s time for them to comfortably contemplate immense rice fields and peaceful villages gripped on the road to Hue city. 
 
Wonderful Lang Co Bay when you see from the high level of Hai Van Pass
Wonderful Lang Co Bay when you see from the high level of Hai Van Pass

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