Hai Van Pass, also known as Ai Van Pass is the natural boundary between Thua Thien - Hue province and Da Nang city. With a length of 21km, Hai Van Pass traverses towering mountains of spectacular Truong Son mountain range. As one of the most impressive attractions in Hue, Hai Van Pass has been considered the most beautiful scenery and most rugged pass in Vietnam on the journey to discover this beautiful country. For over 700 years, the pass has strong appeal for tourists who love to explore the adventurous stretches of road and experience the thrilling feelings. Thanks to the high altitude of 496m over the sea level, tourists will surely be ecstatic when setting foot on here.
Stretching along Vietnam country, there is nowhere which can be found any wanderous passes with much more shimmering beautiful landscapes and magical scenery than Hai Van. The crooked road winding along the mountainside looks like the ribbon like crossing the heaven and earth and hiding among woodlands and mountains. It deserves to be one of the most impressive mountain pass in Vietnam. This is really a monumental natural painting created by the wonders of the Creator and the talent of the man-made. All blends together to create an extremely impressive landscape. Not only is it the gift of natural beauty, Hai Van Pass also contributes to bring Hue tourism and Da Nang tourism closer to tourists.
Craggy mountain ranges forming Hai Van Pass cutting off the country from the western border to the coast of South China Sea created the unique characteristics on the climate, culture and the locals of the two regions. Traffic over Hai Van Pass before the construction of Hai Van Tunnel is generally quite unfavorable. It takes around an hour to complete the journey, yet in return tourists have the opportunity to admire the majestic pass in sunny time or witness the spectacular fog. Although quite challenging terrain caused by the high mountains and deep abyss, it is an ideal sight for travel which almost travel companies in the countries implement in Hue tour and frequently introduce tourists.
Situated on the top of Hai Van Pass is Hai Van Quan built by Emperor Minh Mang. There is a stone gate with the inscription "DE NHAT HUNG QUAN" (the most beautiful scenery written by King Le Thanh Tong in 15th century. Hai Van Pass is ranked as the national-level historical relics and an appealing Hue attraction alluring tourists in any Hue tours. From Hai Van Quan, tourists can comfortably contemplate whole scenery around the pass. In particular, conquering the pass by motorcycle, tourists have the opportunity to not only enjoy the stunning scenery, but also experience the most famous pass in Vietnam. Just running with moderate speed, paying special attention surroundings and always deliberately hold the steering wheel, tourists will immerse countless spectacular scenic spots that is difficult to find anywhere else.
On the road exploring Vietnam through strip of Central land full of sunny and windy, Hai Van Pass has long become an ideal place to enjoy the comforts. In sunny days, tourists can extremely take the panoramic view of endless stretching hills in the north with white clouds floating along with Lap An Lagoon and picturesque Lang Co fishing village from Hai Van Pass. Meanwhile, the waves slapping around the mountainside and the image of fishing boats of fishermen on the waters in the north actually appeal tourists. What the nature favorably bestows will become humane values over time and through humans' hands. Going to Hai Van is to immerse the intersection of two lands and reach psychological satisfaction conquering the peak; simultaneously, soak up the epic echoes of Vietnamese footprints.
Notably, Hai Van Tunnel was completed and put into operation in June, 2005, which facilitates transportation between Thua Thien - Hue and Da Nang city much safer and more convenient. Therefore, the number of people across Hai Van Pass today becomes fewer. Most of them are tourists who are interested in exploring the dangerous stretches of road and looking for thrills... Nowadays, thanks to convenient facilities for travel, Hai Van Pass has become a new address for travel Hue. The rest stops on the pass were built, which enables tourists to stop to rest or relax when going sightseeing whole pass. Hai Van Pass plays an important role in promoting Hue tourism to the world.