A spectacular experience waiting at Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam. Tourists have taken two days of hard walking to reach the top of the mountain. Now, you can reach the roof of Indochina in just 15 minutes. The beautiful scenery of the clouds swirling from the top of Fansipan makes this adventure an unforgettable journey. Here are four things to expect on your Fansipan trip.
Fansipan is the most beautiful mountain in Vietnam that you can climb. You can only reach the top by walking. Since February 2016 there is a cable car. Instead of walking 1-3 days to the top, you will go there with a cable car in just 15-20 minutes. If you love and like challenges, you can still choose climbing. You can do that within 1 to 3 days. During the trip for many days, you will be in the cabin or tent on the mountain. Remember that the mountain peak is often in the clouds and therefore you have little vision, so do it mainly to experience.
You come to Sapa to admire the beautiful scenery in the rice fields and do you want to see some cultural features of the local people? After that, it is better not to climb to the top of Fansipan, but make a walk in Sapa through the Muong Hoa Valley.
If you want to stand on the top of the highest mountain in Vietnam without wanting to climb tiredness, choose the Fansipan cable car.
1. Mountain train to the highest mountain in Vietnam
The first highlight of Fansipan is the mountain trains from Sapa town to the cable car station. Start your journey by coming to Hoang Lien Station next to Mgallery Hotel de la Coupole to buy your tickets for Muong Hoa Mountain Train. It is also known as the Muong Hoa mountain climbing train, because on the way you can see the famous Sapa rice fields in Muong Hoa Valley. The train began to enter the city, near the Mgallery hotel. The train passes through a few rail sections and crosses an impressive viaduct with some of the most beautiful scenes during the trip. When the train stops, you will be welcomed by a sunflower field at Sun World Fansipan Legend Yard
2. Experience the cable car ride to Fansipan – the highest mountain in Vietnam
If you do not like to walk or budget or your condition cannot meet, there is always a cable car choice. This Fansipan Legend cable car is also a risky adventure because it has a length of 6,292.5 meters, is a three-string cable car and one longest wire in the world. Not only that, it also reaches the record of the highest height with 1,410m for the three -wire cable car. It floated through the clouds with the view of the Muong Hoa valley and through the beautiful peaks of the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Cable cable fares and opening hours
The daily cable car opening time is from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
For this reason, it will be difficult to watch the sunrise or sunset on the top of Fansipan. However, make sure you are here at noon when it is less fog.
You can buy tickets online at the website of Fansipan Sunword or buy directly at the station, the ticket price is publicly listed. The price for adults is 700,000 VND, children are 400,000 VND. Children under 1m tall are free.
Tip: Sun World Fansipan’s cable car system is designed by European operators Doppelmayr, and is strictly tested for safe and secure passengers.
3. Pagoda and garden on the top of Fansipan
Before reaching the top of Fansipan, you will go to a peaceful garden, with stone roads, ancient Azalea trees and 18 cleverly sculpted bronze statues. These sculptures lead to a 20-meter-long Buddha statue on the mountain-largest slopes in the country. The surrounding gardens and pagodas provide a quiet setting to pause and breathe in fresh air.
At the top of Fansipan you have different temples that you can visit. When you do this, make sure you wear discreet and polite clothes. There are 11 spiritual tourist destinations. You will also find some gardens. The most impressive attractions are the statue of Avalokiteshvara, Bao An Zen Monastery, Great Buddha Statue, Big Bell Tower and Stupa. All of these attractions are part of the Sunworld Fansipan Legend and not old at all. They do not feel very “real” to the landscape but they bring some great perspectives.
Tip: Sun World Fansipan Legend organizes some Festivals every year to honor the culture of Northwest Vietnam. These festivals usually take place in the spring and summer, and there are traditional performances and fun traditional games.
4. Enchanting Views from the peak of the highest mountain in Vietnam
From the station at the top of Fansipan, we have to climb 600 steps. The scene on the top is definitely the most prominent feature of Fansipan.
A series of stairs or a Funicular rail will take you to the final steps to the top of Fansipan. From here, you will see the panoramic view below, an unbelievable scene about the peaks covered with clouds stretching on the horizon. The highest point is a favorite point for selfie, but you can go the whole platform for 360 -degree scenery. The cloud formation at the beginning of Mt. Fansipan changes after a few seconds, showing new shapes and scenes when the Earth meets the sky.
Tip: After watching the scene from the top of Mt. Fansipan, conquering your hunger at one of Sun World’s first -class restaurants, shopping for cool souvenirs in the station, or simply sitting and relaxing in a mountain cafe.
5. The highest flagpole in Indochina
The flagpole at this Fansipan is not as impressive as Lung Cu flagpole in Ha Giang, but according to Sunworld, this is the highest flagpole in Indochina. 25m high flagpole, dotted with sophisticated reliefs recreating the quintessence of Vietnamese culture such as Cham tower, Central Highlands stilt house, Northwestern culture or new world wonders of Ha Long Bay.
6. Useful facilities
There may be fewer highlights, but there are some restaurants found at the same level as the top cable car station. They are a bit wider than restaurants in the city, but it’s great to enjoy lunch here before you go down. There are also a few cafes to enjoy hot drinks on cold days or to relax a bit after walking on the stairs to a few surrounding temples. They even opened four different stores to buy snacks and souvenirs.
7. How to go to Fams?
To get to Fansipan, you must first travel to Sapa. From Hanoi, you can take a night train to Lao Cai or night bus or Limousine directly to Sapa.
Cable car station on Fansipan is located in the Sun World Fansipan Legend tourist area, 3 km from the center of Sapa city. You have some options to go to the cable car station such as taxi, train or walk.
Taxi: You will take about 10 minutes and 40,000 VND for a taxi. This is also the fastest and easiest choice.
Walking: Cable car station is not too far from the town, so you can walk. Go from the central stone church to the Silver Waterfall junction. Here you turn left to Nguyen Chi Thanh Street to walk straight to the cable car station. It is about 1.7 km long and there are many signs along the way for you to go in the right direction. It is not difficult to find.
Train: The best and most interesting choice in Muong Hoa mountain climbing train. This train connects Sapa city with Fansipan cable car station. The length of the train track is only about 2 km, but the scene along the trip is worth a short trip. The train station is next to Mgallery in Sapa and arrives at Fansipan cable car station. The train passes through different tunnels, crosses a viaduct and has a view of the majestic natural beauty of the Muong Hoa valley.
8. Best time to visit Fansipan
Spring (from March to May) and autumn (from September to October) are the best times to visit Fansipan Mountain. You will see the most obvious landscape on the clear days and the wonderful scenery. Also pleasant weather; Not too hot or not too cold.
You can visit Fansipan all year round, although in the summer months (from June to August) it can rain a lot and the weather will be very hot. In the winter (from December to February), the weather can be very cold and may even have snow.
Is the cable car ride to Fansipan worth it?
The scenery on the top of the mountain is impressive on the clear days, but remember that there are often clouds that can block your vision. The temples and pagodas on the top of the mountain are not old and are part of the attraction of Fanispan Legend. If you only have a few days in Sapa and are looking for a more realistic experience, it is best to visit ethnic minority villages in the valley and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the rice fields.
Where is Fansipan Mountain?
Fansipan Mountain is located in Lao Cai province, close to Sa Pa of Vietnam.
How much does the Fansipan cable car price?
Adult price is 700,000 VND, children are 400,000 VND. Children under 1m tall are free.
What is Fansipan Legend?
Sun World is a major entertainment brand of Sun Group, owning both Asian Park and Ba Na Hills near Da Nang and a number of other amusement parks. Fansipan Legend is one of their attraction, including cable cars, climbing trains and some temples on the top of the mountain.
What does Fansipan mean?
The name Fansipan does not mean anything in Vietnamese. There is a theory that this name comes from Xi Pan, which means a giant rock swaying in the language of the Hmong minority living around Sapa.