Hai Van Pass

To experience the stretch of highway between Hue and Da Nang is to experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. The most spectacular section, Hai Van Pass, spans 21 kilometers and comprises a series of hairpin turns, steep inclines and breathtaking vistas. Reaching an elevation of 496 meters, Hai Van Pass (meaning ‘Ocean Cloud Pass’) is often shrouded in mist that rises from the sea. An ingress of historical strategic importance, it also serves as a climate boundary between northern and southern Vietnam and shelters Danang from the ‘Chinese winds’ that blow in from the northwest.

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