Vietnam

The Hai Van Pass motorbike road trip

Riding a motorbike whilst soaking in the breathaking mountain and coastal views, was one memorable experience.

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Starting our roadtrip from Hoi An we found a reasonable motorbike hire company. Which was perfectly set up for travellers, to hire a bike in one town and finish the route in another town, including a luggage transfer. Perfect for ourselves as we could take a day backpack and not have the hassle of travelling with our addtional luggage.

Leaving Hoi An in the early morning, we decided to make a few stops on route visiting the Marble Mountain was one of them.

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Situated in Da Nang, the mountains are comprised of 5 limestone outcrops. Each of them is made up of shrines, padgoas amongst the caves. The views looking out over Da Nang and the marble mountains are spectacular. If you one for exploring and into climbing this place should not be missed.

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After spending several hours exploring the caves, we decided to continue our motorbike trip north. Heading towards the Hai Van pass, we were faced with strong winds. This didnt stop us for enjoying ourselves. Stopping at look out points where possible, to admire the coastal views and take the opportunity to photograph the scene.

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We soon were climbing higher up the pass, the weather did turn for the worse once we reached the other side, facing a down pour of rain and strong winds. Literally the rest of the stretch to Hue was horrible. With no turning back we literally had to battle the last 40 kms in rain.

Stopping very briefly to rearrange our backpack, we also purchased some very attractive rain jackets to protect ourselves from the rain.

Eventually arriving into Hue, we checked into our guest house for the night. With great relief they had hot water and a hair dryer. The small things become very appeciated.

Our backpacks were also delivered to our guesthouse saving us the hassle of going back out in the rain and returning the bike. I would consider Motorvina in the future for motorhire. Providing a great range of vechicles at reasonible prices.

We decided to spend one night in Hue, giving us the following day to explore the city.

Hue formally once the captial of vietnam it is situated along the perfume river. Known today for being a  UNESCO World Heritage site. We decided to walk around the city, passing lots of shops selling replicas of well known brands, including North Face. We did actually purchase a few bargains whilst here.

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We did ventured into the Citdel, but didnt want to pay the fees to enter.

In the evening we caught a sleeping bus further north to Hanoi. This was going to be one long ride.

 

 

 

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