Check in Fansipan peak – the roof of Indochina

Check in Fansipan peak - the roof of Indochina

by Yến Nhi
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Check in Fansipan peak – the roof of Indochina

Fansipan Peak – the highest mountain in Vietnam – is always a conquering milestone for tourists. So let give you some special tips to check in on the roof of Indochina.

Check In Fansipan Peak - The Roof Of Indochina

Check in Fansipan peak – the roof of Indochina

Sapa travel experience

Fansipan peak is always known as the “roof” of 3 Indochina countries (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) with an altitude of up to 3,143m above sea level. The thing attracts visitors to Fansipan the most is the opportunity to admire the wonderful scenery of white clouds floating, or snow covered trees on a cold winter day.

In addition to the captivating natural paintings, Fansipan also attracts young people who are passionate about adventure and conquering heights to experience. Imagine the experience of 2 days 1 night crossing the forest, crossing streams and successfully stepping on the highest mountain in Vietnam.

1. General information about the Roof of Indochina
1.1. Geographical location

Recognized as the highest mountain in the Hoang Lien Son range, Fansipan is located on the border of two provinces of Lao Cai and Lai Chau, only 9km southwest of Sa Pa town.

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1.2. What is the difference between old and modern Fansipan?

In 1909, the height of Fansipan peak measured at that time was 3143m. But by the end of June 2019, the Vietnam Department of Survey, Map and Geographic Information announced that the height of the roof of Indochina had reached 3,147.3m above sea level.

In the past, the only way to conquer Fansipan was trekking to the top of the mountain for 2 days and 1 night. This is a journey that only “specialists” dare to try.

Check In Fansipan Peak - The Roof Of Indochina 2024

Today, since the cable car to the top of Fansipan was inaugurated, the opportunity to explore the roof of Indochina has opened up for everyone.

1.3. Fansipan’s special feature

Once you have conquered the top of the mountain, the very special check-in point that you should not miss is the milestone marking the highest point of Fansipan.

This special landmark was made entirely of metal by Soviet engineers and was placed here in 1985. The group came here during the first amateur climbing expedition after the colonial era., which took place on the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany.

2. How to travel to Fansipan, Sapa

2.1. Moving to Hanoi

To reach the top of Fansipan from the central and southern provinces, the first thing you need to do is plan to hunt for a plane ticket to Hanoi, then use other means to get to Sa Pa. Flight time from Saigon to Hanoi will take about 2 hours 10 minutes.

2.2. Travel from Hanoi to Sapa

Traveling by bus

Sa Pa is a famous tourist destination of the Northern region, so it is not difficult for tourists to find a means of transportation that suits your needs. There are many bus company go to Sapa everyday, normally people choose a night bus and arrive the center of Sapa in the early morning in the next day.

The one-way ticket is around $10

Traveling by train

The next means of transport to Sapa that is equally favored by tourists is the train. The route Hanoi – Sapa has a 5-star standard train, promising a journey that is not only full of beautiful scenery but also extremely comfortable.

But to ensure your trip in the high season, you need to book train tickets at least 1 month before departure to choose the right seats.

However, if you choose this method, the train will only take you to Lao Cai station and you will need to take a bus about 30-40km more to reach Sa Pa.

2.3. Travel from Sapa to Fansipan

To travel from Sa Pa town center to Fansipan, there are also many different ways from walking, bus, taxi or train. In particular, the highlight is the Muong Hoa mountain climbing train – the longest and most modern mountain train in Vietnam.

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This train line connects 2 points, MGallery Hotel and Fansipan Cable Car Station. The travel time is only 6 minutes, but it makes many tourists go crazy because of the impressive landscape.

Ticket price: 200,000 VND/2 way/adult; 150,000 VND/2 way/child.
Opening hours: 7:30 – 17:30.

3. An experience not to be missed in a day when in Fansipan

To check in Fansipan peak, you can go in 2 ways: take the cable car or go trekking the mountain.

3.1. Experience the cable car route that won 2 Guinness World Records

For tourists who are not strong enough and experienced to climb the mountain, the cable car will be a right choice. From the opening day, the Sun World Fansipan Legend cable car system is like a VIP ticket to bring all visitors to the magical land right on the top of the mountain.

This cable car system currently holds 2 Guinness World Records. The first is the world’s longest three-wire cable car system with a total length of 6292.5 m. The second record is the three-wire cable car system between the departure and arrival stations with the largest difference in distance in the world with 1410 m.

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With this type of vehicle, it only takes you less than 1 hour to conquer the Roof of Indochina that you have always dreamed of. Not only that, the view from the cable car room will also make you fall in love and can’t take your eyes off.

Ticket price: 700,000 VND/2 way/adult; 500,000 VND/2 way/child.
Opening hours: 7:30A.M – 17:30P.M

3.2. Trekking Fansipan

Visitors who are healthy enough can challenge with the trekking journey to the top of Fansipan. This is one of the milestones that backpackers – not only in Vietnam but also around the world – always want to overcome.

Fansipan trekking route

To climb Fansipan mountain, you need to get a travel pass and it is only suitable for people with good health because the journey can take up to 2 days of continuous travel.

To ensure safety, you can buy Fansipan mountain climbing service in the center of Sapa. At that time, you will have some local guides throughout the journey, fully prepared with tents, permits and food for the whole group.

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Currently, you can challenge yourself in climbing Fansipan mountain through 3 main routes: Tram Ton, Sin Chai – Tram Ton and finally from Cat Cat village.

Easiest arc from Tram Ton: At an altitude of 1,900m, you will go straight to the top and only stop at the station at 2,200m and 2,800m.

Sin Chai – Tram Ton road with the second difficulty level: People who climb this route will have to spend more effort to pass, but in return the scenery is also very beautiful.

The most dangerous and most beautiful bow comes from Cat Cat village: This route is considered the most dangerous and steep slope, not suitable for those who intend to climb the mountain without a guide. But this is also the palace with the most beautiful scenery.

Notes when trekking Fansipan

  • Limit the maximum use of alcoholic beverages and should bring enough water to replenish the body.
  • Do not arbitrarily separate from the group and always follow the instructions of the local guide.
  • Keep the environment clean and leave anywhere you visit, do not arbitrarily cut down trees, burn forests or litter indiscriminately.
  • Always carry emergency communication devices and flashlights in case you get lost.
  • Prepare long-sleeved, lightweight clothes for convenient climbing.
  • Bring full medical equipment, bug spray, cold or stomach ache medicine.
  • As you climb higher, the temperature will drop sharply, so you should also prepare extra thermal jackets and scarves to keep your body warm.

Don’t forget to plan early is the most important thing for you to have a trip full of experiences without worrying about anything.








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