Over the past few decades, Vietnam has witnessed an amazing increase in the number of foreign visitors, reaching over 6 million each year. According to many travel charts, beside some famous sites like Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam is well-known for some hidden breathtaking mountain ranges and uninhabited islands.
The following are some stunning passes in Vietnam that will fascinate every heart of travelers.
O Quy Ho pass
O Quy Ho pass
Our first recommendation of Vietnam off the beaten track tours is O Quy Ho pass. O Quy Ho pass ranks one of the four most grandiose passes in the northwestern region, keeping a record of the longest mountain pass in Vietnam with the length of around 50km. The pass runs through Hoang Lien Son range, connecting Lao Cai and Lai Chau province. The name “O Quy Ho” is associated with a local folk story, dating back thousands of years ago. Once upon a time, there was a couple living in this area. Their love was strong and beautiful, but they could not get married. After that the girl died of a serious disease, turning into a phoenix bird. Day by day, at twilight, the bird sang “O Quy Ho, O Quy Ho”, echoing through the forest. Locals have named the pass after the cry of the phoenix to remember the legendary love of the couple.
Favored by mother nature, O Quy Ho pass would give tourists interesting experiences of beholding majestic scenery while driving on the road which is full of perilous obstacles. Drivers must be brave and conscious to conquer this precarious mountain passageway. Once you get on this pass, you would never forget rough edges, lush rice paddies, endless supplies of flowers, cool weather, crystal-clear sky and colorful traditional outfits of the local ethnic minorities.
Hai Van pass
An amazing ride on Hai Van pass is a must do for those who want to fully experience a tour with venture in Vietnam. Hai Van pass is in the center of Vietnam, which means it forms a boundary separating the North and the South of Vietnam. Hai Van pass, also called Ai Van pass, is located on Highway 1 on the border between Thua Thien – Hue province and Da Nang city, with a length of 21 kilometers. As the highest pass in Vietnam (496m above sea level) with grandiose vistas, Hai Van has been considered as one of the most beautiful and spectacular views of coastal Vietnam.
Hai Van pass
There is no denying that you will want to get a motorbike in a good condition and experience not only the amazing feeling of passing through the gigantic clouds but the fear of dangerous bends of the road. If luck smiles at you, you are able to see both the North and the South. Hai Van pass is always considered as a facsinating sight to exploit and enjoy the pristine natural beauty that you will never forget if you have a chance to set your foot here once on your Vietnam off the beaten track tours.
Ngoan Muc pass
This cool pine-covered pass is never out of the list of top Vietnam off the beaten track tours. Ngoan Muc pass, or Song Pha pass is 18.5 km long, running along the mountain ridge, connecting the Ninh Son valley and Langbiang Plateau. This is the gateway linking the Central Highlands provinces and the Central Coast. With the height of 980m above the sea level, Ngoan Muc pass is the highest pass in the south of Vietnam.
Ngoan Muc pass
Ngoan Muc pass always wins the heart of every traveller, inbound or outbound tourists in their Vietnam adventure tours. Ngoan Muc pass acquires a reputation for sudden curves and blind corners, challenging drivers’ skills. Therefore, it is not a good idea if you want to put the pedal to the metal. The ideal time to drive on Ngoan muc pass is during the dry season, from around April to October. During that time, you may have a full view of the splendid natural landscape without being hidden by white clouds. Coming to Ngoan Muc pass, your breath will be taken away by dense clouds and boundless forests.