The Motorcycle Chronicles - Hai Van Pass
Trip Start Oct 27, 2010
43Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Nhu Phu Hotel Hue
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Leaving Hoi An' I join 'Rt1' heading north following the coast through 'Da Nang', along some great coastal roads, but after 10km I reach a road block as the road reaches a peninsular, which forces to retrace my tracks back to 'Da Nang' and back onto the correct path.
Soon I reach the highly anticipated 'Đèo Hải Vân', more commonly known as the 'Hai Van pass'Top Gear Vietnam Special', this 2 mile stretch of road is seen as one of the best riding roads in Vietnam. With its name translating as 'Ocean Cloud Pass', the road is often obscured by the rising sea mist, but for my ride it remained clear and hot. Although the road is good, offering many technical corners and stretching bends, I have been somewhat spoiled by the amazing roads of the south and so find the 'Hải Vân' un-extraordinary, although the view is breath-taking. The one feature that 'Top Gear' failed to point out the amazing train line that runs through the mountain, breaking for air every so often before diving back into the next mass of rock.
As I crank through the many corners heading over the pass and back toward the ocean, I see a gathering of orange bagged motorcycles further down the pass. I continue for a further 700m before reaching the lay-by and I am amazed to discover that it is Shane, and his new travelling companions, Alec and Storm. It turned out that they had got lost the previous day, and had stayed in Da Nang that night, meaning they started the 'Hải Vân', the same day as me. Pleased to have some company for the trip I tagged along with them to 'Huế'
Formally the capital of Vietnam, 'Huế' holds much history as it was the last seat of power for the abdicated 'Emperor Bảo Đại' before the rise of the communist government in 1945
We find our way to the back packers district of 'Huế' eventually locating the 'Như Phú Hotel' , hidden down a small side street. Offering twin rooms for 240,000 Dong it has all that we need, including secure parking for the bikes. We hit the shower before heading out for the evening entertainment.
'Brown eyes' is a small bar which serves food during the day, and converts into a club in the evening. With a decent mix of music, and full with an array of Vietnamese and Westerners this is a decent spot for a night out in Hue. Although the drinks are expensive by Vietnamese standards, it is still exceedingly cheap compared to back home, with beers for less than £1. Needless to say I sample a couple of drink before stumbling back to my hotel room.
Tomorrow I head to a Forbidden City!
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