Although there are a lot of dangers and challenges to many riders, the beautiful passes in Vietnam possess a majestic beauty and magnificence that anyone desires to conquer.
Ma Pi Leng (Ha Giang) – One of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam
The first name in the list of beautiful mountain passes in Vietnam is Ma Pi Leng Pass. It is also known as the king of the rugged roads in Vietnam and is one of the four great peaks of the Northern Pass.
Ma Pi Leng peak is located at an altitude of 1,200m on Dong Van Plateau. It is a part of the road named Hanh Phuc linking Ha Giang with Dong Van and Meo Vac districts, this road was built in the 1960s of the last century. In particular, the road through Ma Pi Leng pass was carried by young people in brave efforts to complete in 11 months.
From the peak of Ma Pi Leng, you will admire a majestic mountain scenery with one side of a cliff and the other hand, the deep blue Nho Que river. In the far north and northeast of the pass, there is thousands of mountain which linked to each other to form magnificent scenery.
All of these things make this place a favorite place for many people, and many tourists even want to come back here again in life.
O Quy Ho Pass (Lai Chau-Lao Cai)
Famous for its length of 50 km and the height of nearly 2000m, O Quy Ho Pass holds the record for the distance in the Northwestern mountains as well as the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. Therefore, the pass connecting Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces is one of the rugged passes in Vietnam, which always makes the adventurers desire to set foot.
The road of O Quy Ho pass is dangerous. Especially the section from Ton station to the pass, there are many of the deep gorges, so it is tough to go. The journey to explore arduous is that, but surely you will not regret it. When you set your foot up there, the scenery is exceptionally splendid. It is like a gate to the sky, so people call it the Heaven Gate.
In addition, there is a special thing that on cloudy days, from the peak of O Quy Ho pass, visitors can see the majestic beauty of Fansipan peak looming in the fog. So, if you have the opportunity to travel to Sapa, you definitely should not miss the opportunity to conquer this pass.
Pha Din Pass (Dien Bien)
Pha Din Pass possesses the terrain with a steep cliff on one side, a deep abyss on the other and countless rugged steep turns. This is also the reason why this place is known as one of the beautiful rugged passages in Vietnam that attracts young people who are passionate about exploring and conquering to experience the feeling of standing in the clouds.
Standing on the top of Pha Din pass, you will see a colorful picture with the winding mountain pass leaning against the cliffs that seem to blend into each other. Somewhere there are the small folds of quiet stilt houses far away at the foot of the pass.
The wind blows, the clouds float and the sun shines. All of those create the scenery in a bright yellow color that makes you feel like you are standing in heaven.
In particular, the Pha Din Pass is a piece of historical evidence and a symbol of the courageous spirit of more than 8000 young volunteers. This place is where 60 years ago, they bravely supplied ammunition and food for the Battle of Dien Bien Phu of the Vietnamese Army. So conquering Pha Din pass promises to be a fascinating journey for you.
Khau Pha Pass (Yen Bai)
Along with Ma Pi Leng, Pha Din, and O Quy Ho pass, Khau Pha pass is also one of the four magnificent peaks of the Northern Pass, located in the border area between Van Chan district and Mu Cang Chai district. This is a road that goes through many famous landmarks of Yen Bai, such as La Pan Tan, Mu Cang Chai, Tu Le, etc.
During the journey to discover Khau Pha Pass, you will come across bumpy and rocky roads full of dangers. But when you go that way, the majestic natural scenery with pristine primeval forests or stretching terraced fields will be a worthy reward to make up for all the hard work you have spent.
If you come here in the ripe rice season, from Khau Pha looking down, you will feel super satisfied with the sparkling golden picture. And in the pouring season, the young seedlings begin to sprout, and the wetland plots make it seem charming beauty of the Northern Mountains. Surely it will be an experience you will never forget.
Ma Phuc Pass (Cao Bang)
Located about 20 km east from Cao Bang city, Ma Phuc Pass is the most beautiful pass on National Highway 3 from Phu Lo to Ta Lung border gate. The winding road goes along limestone mountains, such as heavenly treasures, bestowed on Cao Bang tourism.
Although it is not too dangerous like O Quy Ho or Ma Pi Leng, but because it lies between the craggy cliffs and abyss with the height of nearly 700 m, this mountain pass is also enough for travelers to feel unforgettable in the first go.
But the most impressive thing is probably the beauty “transformed” over the time of the pass. In the early morning, the pass seems to hide in the fog of hazy and ghostly. But by the time the first rays of sunlight begin to shine, the mist gradually dissipates to bring the beauty full of vitality, making many souls feel excited whenever crossing the pass during this beautiful moment.
Thung Khe Pass (Hoa Binh)
Thung Khe Pass, also known as White Stone Pass, is known as one of the most beautiful roads in Hoa Binh province. There are no steep slopes or “burning brakes” like other rugged mountain pass routes in Vietnam, but many big vehicles go through this road every day, so it is still quite dangerous as they will block your sight.
When standing on the top of Thung Khe White Stone Pass, you will admire the panoramic view of Mai Chau with lush green valleys and lovely layers of stilt houses. Another unique thing is that it possesses a scene of snowy white mountains formed by limestone layers, along with fog covering the year-round, making anyone who passes by stop to take photos to save beautiful moments.
Hai Van pass (Hue – Da Nang)
Hai Van pass lies between the boundary of Thua Thien Hue province and Da Nang city, belonging to the Truong Son mountain range. This pass is not only a place associated with many important historical events but also the beautiful and rugged mountain pass in Vietnam that many young people want to conquer. There is now a tunnel, but many people still prefer to conquer the mountain by motorbike to satisfy their passion.
Hai Van Pass is protruding, curvy, striking among the immense green mountains. Sometimes it bends along the side of the hill, but there are times that it unexpectedly turns, creating a scary road that makes many drivers wary.
Besides, this pass is also considered one of the most beautiful and impressive coastal passes in the world with high mountains, one side, and a vast sea on the other side. All create a magnificent picture of nature, captivating the heart.
Ngoan Muc Pass (Ninh Thuan)
Ngoan Muc pass, also known as Krong Pha pass, connects Ninh Son valley (Ninh Thuan) and Langbiang plateau (Lam Dong). The winding road of the hill forms a wavering, stretching for 18.5 km and is also the most significant slope in the southern provinces, creating excitement for adventurous drivers.
Not only the spectacular natural scenery, Ngoan Muc Pass also gives travelers an interesting feeling by the “spectacular” change in its climate. As soon as you go up the mountain pass, you will be impressed by the dense mist covered by branches and leaves.
By the middle of the mountain, everything becomes airy and fresh. And when you reach the top, the space is full of bright but still extremely cooling, makes you feel relaxed and refreshed than ever.
The majestic scenery of the mountains, which contains many challenges of these rugged mountain passes in Vietnam, will make any tourist feel super satisfied. So why not enlist when you are young and healthy but plan to conquer these passes to satisfy your passion as well as explore the beautiful nature.