Vietnam–Hải Vân Pass

I’ve discovered a secret to surviving the radiating summertime heat of Southeast Asia.  It can be summed up in a single word: “Wheeeeeeee.”  While neither Ryan nor I have ever done especially well in the heat, I feel that we’ve adjusted better than we expected.  Sure, there are times when it’s not pretty–like the 15th of every month when we pay our utility bill–but from the back of a scooter with the breeze blowing in our faces, it’s more than tolerable, it’s pleasant!

Hải Vân Pass is by far the most scenic drive we’ve ever taken, and we’ve enjoyed it more than once.  We took the pass the most recent time on our way to Hue and it was absolutely wonderful!  I call this James Bond Bay.  I could have sworn I saw him down there…

When the weather is nice and the sky is clear, you can see forever.  The winding mountain journey of the Hải Vân Pass is approximately 21 kilometers long (or 13 miles) and reaches 496 meters in altitude.  Put in some tunes and take in the view of the South China Sea and some beautiful topical green terrain.

Driving the Hải Vân Pass is considered by many to be a must do while visiting Vietnam.  It was even featured in BBC’s Top Gear in 2008.  Presenters called it “One of the best coastal roads in the world.”  I can’t really speak to this, but it was certainly the best coastal drive I’ve experienced.  It took us a little over 4 hours to get to Hue from Danang and it was worth every minute.

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  1. Michael Miller

    That looks like a really great ride.

    • Amanda Miller

      Wow, you're the fastest responder ever, thanks Daddy! I thought of you and your Bimmer the whole time! You would have loved it!!!

  2. Amanda Miller

    Wow, you're the fastest responder ever, thanks Daddy! I thought of you and your Bimmer the whole time! You would have loved it!!!

  3. Megan Michele Solberg

    Gorgeous! Hahaha I was dying laughing at the music u put with the first 2 videos- and then blushed a little with the 3rd- this movie is about to turn romanitic!!! You wild kids- living it up, cruising the beautiful coastal highways of the world…. thanks for letting us live it with you!

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