I got picked up by bus for the Hoi An – Hué Bus Tour (S.I.C.) – The Journey of Four Stops (250000VND /~ 12US$). We had a driver and an English speaking guide and each of us got a bottle of water. Our first stop was the Marble Mountains. We took the elevator up and had an hour to explore the temples, caves and the view until we met downstairs on the other side. It is really nice.
We drove on over the Hai Van Pass (Ocean Cloud Pass). On top we stopped and explored the ruins of the military installations there and saw a couple taking wedding pictures.
If there are not too many clouds you have a great panoramic view over the ocean from up there. This pass is a natural boarder and meteorological divide between North- and South Vietnam. It has has been of major strategic importance in the history of Vietnam, and for a long time represented a major barrier to any land army that attempted to move between the northern and central regions of the country. Since the opening of the Hai Van Tunnel in 2005 – the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia – there is an alternative road which is a lot safer and reduces traveling time by at least one hour. The pass is crossed by two main transport routes: Vietnam’s main North-South Highway the National Route 1A and by the North-South Railway. We continued to Lang Co Beach. First we visited the lagoon and could watch some fishermen.
Then we went into a big but empty hotel with pool for a short break and to enjoy the view.
Shortly before Hué we visited the Thanh Toan Tiles Roof Bridge.
This was the last stop and after we got dropped at our respective accomodations. We arrived about 2 pm.
This tour was nothing super special, but it was a nice way to get from A to B and a lot cheaper than visiting those sights on my own or with extra tours and taking a normal bus or train to Hué. I think it is the best way to do this stretch unlike you have your own motorbike.