HAI VAN PASS – THE MOST MARVELLOUS WONDER
On the north-south nation highway, Hai Van Pass is the most scenic hillside roads which is the border between Thua Thien Hue Province and Danang City. This is the highest pass in Vietnam (500m above sea level). Hai Van Pass is known as a giant dragon of Vietnam. This rugged pass is the final section of the Truong Son Range stretching to the sea. Hai Van means “Sea Clouds”; therefore, from the pass, you can see mountain in one side and the sea in other side. It could be very immense picture of the peak of the mountain and white clouds in your foot close to the sea.
In the pass, Hai Van Pass was known as the Thuan Hoa and Quang Nam frontier. In the early of the 14th century (1306), Che Man, a king of Cham Pa, offered two mountainous administrative units of O and Ri as engagement gifts to Princess Huyen Tran, daughter of King Tran Nhan Tong. On his way to see off the Princess in the Quang area in a Summer sunny noon, the King and his entourage were on horse back for almost half a day but could not reach the top of the pass. Facing upwards, the King saw a land of mountains in dim clouds, and at the foot of the pass, an immense ocean, of waves. Though sorry for his daughter’s difficult journey, the king was comforted by the closer ties between the two nations.
Therefore, visiting Hai Van Pass is the most memorable experience in your trip. You will be free with two feelings of amazement at passing through the clouds and fear when seeing the dangerous bends of the road. You can spend an hour to reach the crest of the Hai Van Pass. If you are luckily with beautiful weather, there are views to both the North and the South. The pass forms an obvious boundary between North and South Vietnam, and if proof were needed, you need look no further than fortifications built by the French and then later used by th South Vietnamese and the Americans. You can stop here but be warned that you will have to fight off a large band of souvenir and snack sellers who are among the most aggressive i encountered during the whole trip.
Hai Van is considered to be the largest frontier post in Vietnam. The name “De Nhat Hung Quan”, meaning the most colossal frontier post, is engraved in an incense burner in Thai Temple.
On a journey through the land, Hai Van Pass is always an attractive landscape, full of perilous obstacles and is the last spur of the Truong Son Range reaching to the sea. On the top of the pass are the vestiges of long ago, a fortified gateway. The gate facing to Thu Thien-Hue Province is inscribed with the three words “Hai Van Quan” and the other gate looking down on Quang Nam Province is engraved “the most grandiose gateway in the world”. The entrance to Hai Van Quan looks like the entrance to an old citadel with its stone structures. Time, war, and neglect has taken its of plants and trees, tourists are filled with the emotions of the past.
Hai Van Pass is well-known for its dangerous roads, and accident warning boards carefully appear regularly along the side. However, visiting Hai Van Pass, you have chance to see the animation and modernity at the peak as foreign visitors buzzed about buying souvenirs.
Coming to Hai Van is to come to the saction of two land, to satisfay the peak-conquering philosophy, to mix ourselves in to echo of heroic songs of Vietnamese ancients when they went to find new lands to be emotional to prolong past of the center region where suffering a lot of losses in the course of finding and protecting the nation.
Hai Van Pass will meet you desire of conquering high peaks and remind you of the glorious past of the Viet people. Moreover, from the pass, on nice days, visitors can enjoy the whole vista of Danang, the Tien Sa Seaport, Son Tra Peninsula, Cu Lao Cham Island and long sandy beaches.