Hai Van Pass: Hue to Hoi An Via Motorbike
Do yourself a favor and rent motorbikes to drive the Hai Van Pass for a day.
If you are not comfortable driving yourself use Easy Riders. A company that provides a local guy to drive you down one of the most scenic highways in the world. You have to pay to get your luggage transported via bus either way. You can book this at any motorbike rental place. I believe we paid about $20 for the whole day including meals and a guide who drove my friend!
This is an all day adventure. Our group of four girls had a local guy accompany us for direction and the inside scoop on the villages we drove through. We started the day early, driving through the city of Hue was quite intimidating and after almost having a near accident I was happy to get out of there.
We drove through two fishing villages through the beautiful mountains until finally finding the Hai Van Pass. The Hai Van Pass is extremely comfortable to drive on given they do not let big buses and semi trucks drive this route. The lush green mountains meet the sea offering glorious views of Vietnam’s unique landscapes.
We stopped at the bunker at the top of the hill, a memorial for the Vietnam War before heading into Da Nang for seafood soup and a break for our bums. We passed the marble mountain and headed into Hoi An, the land of tailors and late nights. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that night I would meet the next group of my travel buddies who I ended up traveling with for over a month!
If you don’t want to take a motorbike, there is also the option to take a train. Either way you have to experience the Hai Van Pass!
Where to stay in Hue:
- Vietnam Backpackers
- Hue Backpackers
I only spent one night in Hue so I can’t really say where to go or what to do, but if you stay at the hostels above I am sure they can give you heaps of information. I used Hue as a starting point for the Hai Van Pass and do not regret bouncing out of there early!
Tips to remember:
- Bring sunscreen & water.
- Wear a long sleeve to keep the sun off your arms. It is worth it.
- Watch out for bugs... keep your mouth closed while driving. I learned this the hard way.
- Take your time. It is a beautiful drive so appreciate the beauty.
- Be careful driving. Things can get wild on the streets of Vietnam.