Inspired by a particularly special episode of Top Gear, hundreds of keen backpackers add the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam to their to-do list. According to Jeremy Clarkson, the 20-kilometre mountain pass is “one of the best coast roads in the world” and we would have to agree. Connecting Da Nang to Lang Co in Hue, this must-see mountain road has become a backpacker rite of passage!
Two Options to Experience the Hai Van Pass
1. Hai Van Pass & Beyond (Loop) – $95 US
This tour is a loop which starts and finishes in Hoi An. The tour starts from your hostel in Hoi An and we’ll drop you off back at the doorway to your hostel once the tour has finished. The tour starts at around 8-8.30am and finishes around 5pm.
2. Hai Van Pass & Coast (One Way) – $99 US
This tour is a transfer tour from Hoi An to Hue or vice versa. We will pick you up from your hostel in Hue/Hoi An and drop you off at your hostel at the other end. The tour starts at around 8-8.30am and finishes around 5pm.
What happens to your luggage? Whether you choose to drive the bike or ride pillion, we’ll take your luggage by jeep and drop it off at the hostel at your destination (Hoi An/Hue).
Two Ways to do the Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour
On the Hai Van Pass & Beyond Tour, there are two ways to experience the tour…
- Ride the Motorbike Yourself – If you’re a confident riding a motorbike yourself then you can join this tour and ride yourself! Of course, we will provide the motorbike as part of the tour and there is no additional cost. If you choose to do this, you will need an International Motorcycle Driving Licence.
- Ride Pillion – If you don’t quite have the bike skills of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, then there’s an alternative way to experience this famous route. Your motorbike will come with a professional, experienced local driver for the day and all you have to do is keep still on the back of the bike.
What’s the Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour Like?
A Taster of the Hai Van Pass & Beyond Loop Tour (Round Trip – Hoi An to Hoi An)
The loop tour is from Hoi An back to Hoi An, it doesn’t go all the way up to Hue, though still takes in the beautiful Hai Van Pass and a lot of other sights on the way. This one day tour adventure incorporates a bit of everything; from sweeping vistas to historic sites and a delicious local lunch. This is certainly not your average Vietnam day trip!
Your first stop is at Thap Bang An where we will visit a 900-year old Cham tower. Then zoom up Bo Bo Hill, also known as Hilltop 55, a site of historical importance during the American war before breaking for a coffee at a local coffee shop.
From here we begin the climb up Hai Van pass, winding higher and higher into the often cloud-shrouded skies. At the top we stop and soak in the beautiful views of one of Vietnam’s most scenic spots. The downward descent is no less exciting this afternoon.
Reaching the base of the mountain you’ll happen upon a stretch of pristine coastline near the village of Lang Co. We’ll break for lunch and have a chance to dip our feet in the sea and kick back with a refreshing drink before turning back and returning over Hai Van pass.
On the return we’ll make a stop in a fishing village for a nose around, seeing the traditional nets and meeting with the men and women who make their livelihood bringing in the freshest catch.
A Taster of the Hai Van Pass & Coast Tour (Hue to Hoi An)
The tour incorporates a little bit of everything, from amazing views, to ancient and modern historical sites, hidden beaches, a delicious local lunch and bags of adrenaline!
The adventure starts out of the busy city of Hue and heads down the smaller village roads on the outskirts of the city. The first leg of the journey passes through the ‘City of Ghosts’, an eerie stretch of road lined with numerous elaborate graveyards.
After that, we’ll stop off at a duck farm for a short while, which offers a good excuse to shake our legs and snap some photos of the local farming scenery.
After stopping for a strong Vietnamese coffee to give us some energy, we’ll drive towards Lang Co Beach around a stunning lagoon. We’ll then take you to a pristine stretch of beach near the village of Lang Co that barely anyone knows about!
Here we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch (of local seafood if you like) and you’ll have the opportunity to go for a swim.
After lunch, we’ll begin our climb up the legendary Hai Van Pass. As the roads snake higher into the mountains, the views will open up, and through the clouds you’ll start to glimpse the incredible scenery for which the pass is so famous for.
We’ll stop at the summit of the Hai Van Pass to appreciate the amazing coastal views that extend from the north to the south of Vietnam and out over the ocean. It’s a breathtaking spot of great historical and cultural significance and one of the most beautiful in all of Vietnam.
After snapping some photos, we’ll begin our descent down the mountain which is just as exciting as the ascent! Once you get to the bottom of the mountain, we’ll start our journey towards Hoi An, driving past local fishing boats along the way. We’ll see the traditional fishing nets and smile at the local fisher-people who have made their living here for hundreds of years.
You’ll arrive in Hoi An just in time for sunset! We’ll drop you off at the doorway to your hostel and your bags will be waiting for you.
Please note: This tour cannot run with less than two people. So, if you are booking for 2 people your tour date is guaranteed! However, if you are booking for one person, we will join you with an existing tour. Please select your preferred date using the calendar above and we will contact you to let you know if there is already a tour running on your chosen date, or suggest a nearby alternative date. We will not take your deposit until a date is agreed upon.