We hired a private car to transport us the 145 kms from Hue to Hoi An. The drive took us through the Hai Van Pass that would have offered breathtaking views of the coastline if the weather was more cooperative.
Along the way, we stopped to check out a watchtower and a bunker from the Vietnam War (called the American War in Vietnam).
We took a longer stop at Marble Mountains; a cluster of five marble and limestone hills. One of them, Thuy Son, is the one that can be accessible via 156 steps or pay 15000 dong (less than a Canadian dollar) for a ride on the glass elevator. We thought we were going up for the view. It was not the case. Thuy Son was filled with caves, Buddhist sanctuaries, altars and temples, statues and even a pagoda. We could have easily spent a day there if our driver wasn’t waiting below.
Hiring a private car was definitely the right choice for getting from Hue to Hoi An (or the reverse). The drive was scenic and we got to visit a couple of sites that we would not have visited otherwise.