SAPA FANSIPAN RAILWAY LINE
Crossing over ranges of mountains and terraced rice fields, the train line gives passengers stunning views over the Sapa area. A railway line connecting Sapa town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai and the nearby Mount Fansipan cable car station was put into operation on March 31 by the Sun Group. The 2-km line departs from MGallery Hotel in Sapa and arrives at the Mount Fansipan cable car station and is the longest mountain-climbing railway line in the country.
The trip takes just four minutes compared to 20 minutes by car on rugged mountain roads. The train can carry 2,000 passengers an hour. The interior design of the carriage brings a classic elegant European feel, with an arched top, antique fans, and gold-plated finishings. The trip provides picturesque views of the local area and also passes through tunnels. After arriving, you can then continue on an explore Sun World’s Fansipan Legend tourism area, with the cable car, conquer the legendary “Roof of Indochina”, Mount Fansipan, and visit the spiritual-cultural complex on the peak, with its many Buddha statues. Trips operate from 6.30am to 6.30pm daily, with round-trip tickets costing VND200,000 ($8.8) for adults and children taller than 1.3 meters and VND150,000 ($6.6) for children up to 1.3 meters.
Located 350 km northwest of Hanoi, Sapa is 1,600 meters above sea level. The town is dominated by the Hoang Lien Son mountain range, which features Indochina’s highest mountain, Mount Fansipan, at 3,143 meters above sea level. “With an impressive elevation of 3,143 meters, it is, after all, an extremely steep mountain that’s only recommended for those who are in tip-top shape,” travel site Skyscanner wrote about Mount Fansipan after naming it among the Top 10 Southeast Asian climbing spots.
Sapa is known for its terraced rice fields and trekking trails. The harvest season in October is amazing for both sightseeing and trekking, with beautiful yellow rice paddy fields. The town has many scenic sites, such as Ham Rong Mountain, Thac Bac (Silver Waterfall), Cau May (Rattan Bridge), Bamboo Forest, and Ta Phin Cave. The hill town also features various traditional festivals and unique cultural practices, in particular Bac Ha market and the Sapa love market, attended by ethnic minority groups such as the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Day, and others.