Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes

With 52,000 check-in Instagram photos, Vietnam’s Hai Van pass finishes 4th in the top 10 most checked-in routes worldwide.

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Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
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The list is published by US’s prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine based on analysis results from over 7 million hashtags on Instagram conducted by Pentagon Motor Group from the UK.

Hai Van Pass, which lies in Central Vietnam, garners roughly 52,000 check-in photos on Instagram. Just a click on hashtags such as #deohaivan, #haivanpass or #haivan, thousands of photos posted by visitors from around the world will show up for admiration. The spectacular Pass comes behind only the Great Ocean (Australia), Big Sur (the US), and Jebel Hafeet (UAE).

Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
(Photo: Instagram)
Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
(Photo: Instagram)

Earlier in 2015, Hai Van Pass was shortlisted to the “Top 10 most stunning coastal routes in the world” voted by The Guardian. CNN Traveller also named it among the “top 10 most wonderful train routes in the world”.

Top Gear show’s MC Jeremy Clarkson once commented that “Hai Van Pass is one of the most beautiful coastal routes the world over”.

Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
(Photo: Instagram)
Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
(Photo: Instagram)
The full list of the “Top 10 most checked-in routes in the world” published on Travel + Leisure is as below:

1. Great Ocean, Australia

2. Big Sur, the US

3. Jebel Hafeet, UAE

4. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam

5. Chapman’s Peak, South Africa

6. Blue Ridge, the US

7. Going-to-the-Sun, the US

8. Wild Atlantic, Ireland

9. lympic Peninsula Loop, the US

10. Icefields Parkway, Canada

Closer insights into Da Nang

Hai Van Pass or Sea Clouds Pass offers an impressive landscape of verdant mountains and clear blue skies, overlooking Da Nang City, Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula, and South China Sea. Crossing over a spur of Truong Son mountain range between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City, it stands at 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in Vietnam, according to Vietnam Guide.

The 25 kilometer-long mountain pass is popular amongst thrill-seeking motorcyclists due to its winding roads, sudden curves and blind corners, while its lookout point offers gorgeous views of Da Nang Bay.

Hai Van Pass or Sea Clouds Pass offers an impressive landscape of verdant mountains and clear blue skies, overlooking Da Nang City, Tien Sa Port, Son Tra Peninsula, and South China Sea. Crossing over a spur of Truong Son mountain range between Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City, it stands at 500m above sea level, making it the highest pass in Vietnam.

Hai Van Pass enters world’s top 4 most checked-in routes
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The 25 kilometer-long mountain pass is popular amongst thrill-seeking motorcyclists due to its winding roads, sudden curves and blind corners, while its lookout point offers gorgeous views of Da Nang Bay. A motorcycle trip between Da Nang and Hue through Hai Van Pass takes between three and five hours, longer if you stop for seafood and coffee along the coastline. Priced between VND 150,000 to VND 200,000 per day, motorbikes can be rented from numerous hotels and tour operators in Da Nang City.

Aside from requiring the use of a powerful bike, do note that Hai Van Pass motorcycle tours can be challenging for new riders – expect uphill slopes, an average temperature of 17°C, and rainy weather if you’re traveling between the months of September and March. Driving licenses are required by law and do check your insurance to see if you’re covered before… if not, go at your own risk!