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Hai Van Pass, in Vietnamese: Đθo Hải Vβn, is an approximately 2 mile long mountain pass on National Road 1A in Vietnam. It traverses a spur of the larger Annamite Range that parallels the South China Sea. The pass is located on the border of Da Nang and Thừa Thiκn-Huế Province, near Bach Ma National Park.

Translated into English, Hai Van means "ocean clouds", and thus the pass is known for its misty vapors rising from the sea, reducing visibility. Historically, the pass has long been an obstacle on the north-south road of Vietnam and was a physical division between the Kingdom of Champa and Dai Viet. The twisting road on the pass has long been a challenge for many Vietnamese drivers. However, since the completion of Hai Van Tunnel, traffic flow and safety have improved.

The Hai Van Pass was featured on the BBC motoring programme Top Gear on December 28, 2008 as part of their Vietnam Special (or the 8th episode in the 12th series) en route to the city of Huế. In the film, presenter Jeremy Clarkson remarked of the road "[It] was a bit of a surprise, because you expect to find many things when you come to Vietnam; "communist-ical" farming, reminders of the war, stunning food, massive heat. What you don't expect to find is a deserted ribbon of perfection - one of the best coast roads in the world."

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