Crossing the Hải Vân Pass
‘A deserted ribbon of perfection—one of the best coast roads in the world.’ – Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear BBC
Ever since its feature in BBC’s Vietnam special, this 21km long mountain pass is a popular attraction for SE Asia backpackers. Located in between Hue and Danang, the pass is best crossed by motorbike. The scenic ride is rated one of the best in the world and offers many great photo opportunities. Plan a 5-8 hour trip from Hue to Hoi An depending on how many breaks you take. Hostels in Hue even offer bag delivery as well as bike pickup once you reach Hoi An. I cannot recommend this trip enough. You are missing out on some spectecular views if you take a bus through the tunnel instead.
Climbing the Marble Mountains
After the descent from the pass you might want to stop at one of the Marble Mountains. The area is famous for stone sculptures, cave systems and buddhist sanctuaries. It is very touristy; stop for one hour at the most.
The city of Danang is not really worth a stop. A recent construction boom of luxury resorts mainly attracts Russian tourists. The town in itself doesn’t have any sights other than a few nice beaches. Save your time for the lovely town of Hoi An.