The best way to get from Hue to Hoi An // The best way to get from Hoi An to Hue.
If you want to know how to see The Hai Van pass and all of the views along the way then keep reading.
When I arrived in Hue I could feel the excited tension of what was coming next.
I started to hear the words “Hai Van Pass” and I started to see pictures of a beautiful scenic road through mountains with water glistening in the distance.
I just knew I had to jump on this scenic bandwagon.
What is The Hai Van Pass?
The Hai Van Pass is an approximately 21 km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam.
In Vietnamese the pass is named: “Đèo Hải Vân” which beautifully translates to “ocean cloud pass”
The pass is 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in all of Vietnam.
Do I have to take The Hai Van pass or is there a quicker way?
Now there are two roads that go between Hue and Hoi An, one is the Hai Van Pass and one is just a quick route for those who are happy to miss out on the views.
How to travel The Hai Van Pass
There are many ways to experience this breathtaking scenic road. You can go by motorbike, by scenic train, by car or jeep.
The train seemed like a really cool idea at first, but as it’s so fast it only goes through the pass for about 10 minutes and of course there is no option to stop and soak in the views.
Then we thought about taking a bike. There are companies that hire bikes and deliver your bags safely to your destination, but after reading about the frequent accidents along this road (especially in the rain) we decided that we needed another option.
Our Personal Experience travelling The Hai Van Pass
We decided to explore The Hai Van pass by jeep.
Road trippers Vietnam made the whole day very exciting and stress free. We honestly enjoyed every second of the adventure.
We had lunch at a beautiful beach, drove over the top of the Hai Van Pass and traveled along the coast through some small, charming fishing villages.
A Detailed Insight Into Our Day:
It was 9am and we could see our jeep waiting for us outside of our guesthouse. The driver helped us load our bags into the back of the jeep and he covered them with a protective sheet (for the possibility of rain).
After we had introduced ourselves to the lovely (Northern English) couple we were sharing the jeep with, we set off to the first location.
The first place we stoped was a stunning, ornately carved grave yard. Here, we learnt about Vietnamese traditions and had the opportunity to meet the other people on the tour. There were three jeeps in convoy. This is why I can recommend this for solo travellers too.
Our next stop was the beach. This stretch of road is filled with small villages and local people going about their daily activities. I don’t know about you, but I love to watch life just happen before my very eyes.
The beach it’s self was gorgeous and we had some time to swim and explore parts of the beach while our food was being made.
We then started the journey up and through the mountains stopping for photos along the way. We took our time enjoying the view and taking photos, our driver didn’t rush us, he was very relaxed and took care of our bags until we returned to the jeep.
The last stop before arriving to Hoi An was a beautiful cave temple. The guide took us through the cave and talked about Vietnamese traditions. It was one of the most impressive caves I’ve seen and everybody was in awe as we walked through.
Lastly we arrived in Hoi An, the glowing city of yellow. A perfect end to the perfect day.
Why We Chose Road Trippers
Road Trippers promise: A local Jeep driver, An English speaking Tour Guide, a hotel pick-up and drop-off, local lunch at the beach, drinking water and insurance.
They delivered all of thee things and more. The tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English, we found ourselves not only soaking in beautiful views but information too.
Our driver was absolutely brilliant and he made sure to stop at the most perfect locations so that we could take photos. He was born and raised in Hoi An and was a fountain of knowledge too.
They communicated excellently in the days leading up to the trip and the morning of the pick up. We were never left wondering what was happening, it was well a organised and well executed day.
The local lunch at the beach was wonderful, they even had vegetables with noodles for us vegans.
Is The Hai Van Pass Worth It?
Yes. It’s so worth it. When you reach the top of the pass the views are absolutely spectacular. It was pouring with rain the day we went, but that didn’t stop the views from leaving us completely speechless.
Thank you for reading!
I hope this has been useful and I wish you the safest and most adventurous of travels.