Hai Van Pass – Da Nang
About 30km North of Danang is Hai Van Pass, a 21-km long winding mountain pass crossing the Bach Ma National Park and the Truong Son Mountain Range jutting into the East Vietnam Sea. The pass serves as a boundary for North and South Vietnam and in the 15th century, was the border of Vietnam and the Kingdom of Champa.
This was one my stops on the way from Hue to Hoi An and in sticking with my pattern of bad luck so far, the renowned vistas weren’t great… Again, I found myself in the clouds, staring through the mist at the indistinct ocean 496m (1627ft) below. At the summit sits a handful of shops and restaurants for tourists to stop at, along with ruins of an old French fort that the Vietnamese and Americans fortified and fought over in the American war. Being the mountain-snob that I am now-a-days, I was ready to just move on, but my driver, Trai, subtlety insisted I sit and “enjoy the views.” I found that describing exactly where I live to locals was just incredibly hard so I just gave in and sat there, sipping on lukewarm coffee served out of one of his buddy’s restaurants.