Leg No. 10: Huế-
On this leg, you will leave Huế and ride southeast on Highway 1A toward the towns of Phú Bài, Phú Lộc, Hải Vân Pass, and Ðà Nẵng.
The road from Huế to Ðà Nẵng stretches a mere 106 km. But to get there, you will have to travel through the largest mountain pass on Highway 1A, Ðèo Hải Vân (Hải Vân Pass). The name itself literally translates as a “mountain in the clouds”. From below, you can see looking up that this mountain pass actually touches the clouds high above. This is one of the most challenging legs of biking across Vietnam. So take time to rest and eat plenty of food. The townlet situated at the foot of Ðèo Hải Vân is Lăng Cô. It is a small coastal town, famous for its seafood. Enjoy your lunch and rest there before the big mountain climb.
The climb on Ðèo Hải Vân can be challenging as you share a meager two lane road with motor bikes, trucks, and buses. The road is long and winds around the mountain. It can be steep at certain parts. On average, our Xuyên Việt group climb at an average pace of 7km/hr and takes us approximately 1.5 hours to mount the peak. So, you should come prepare for a long uphill ride. Not to be outdone, the view on this mountain is breathtakingly spectacular. The mountain runs along the Pacific Ocean and is densely populated with trees and vegetation. As you climb and descend, you can’t help but take in the view of the ocean on one side and the lush green mountain canopy on the other. At the very top of the mountain are restroom stops and vendors. Take time to rest and enjoy the sceneries at the top of the mountain before descending into the town of Ðà Nẵng. Ðà nẵng is the largest populated city in central Vietnam. There are many places to see and visit while in Ðà Nẵng -
Xuyên Việt 2005-