With 2 Guinness World Records – “the world’s longest three-rope cable car” and “the biggest height gap between its departure and arrival points”, the Fansipan Legend located in Sapa Vietnam offers a convenient no sweat access to the highest peak of Indochina in 15 minutes.
In the past, it takes climbers 2 days to climb up and reach the “Roof of Indochina”. Now, with a combination of rides – funicular trams and cable car, it’s easy for everyone to get to the peak.
But is it really expensive?
You can buy the ticket at Sapa Station, Sun Plaza (Ga Cáp treo Fansipan Legend) Location:
Cost: 820,000 VND (about $35) can be bought as combination (one) ticket, which includes :
1. Funicular tram from Sapa Station at Sun Plaza.
2. Cable car ride.
3. Funicular tram ride to the peak. (with couple of stairs walk up to the peak, wooden platform).
4. Walk down the 600 steep stairs back to the cable car station – or buy another 70,000 VND separate funicular ticket, we opted to walk down, easier than going up.
5. Cable car ride back to the funicular station.
6. Funicular train back to Sun Plaza Sapa Station.
I think it’s worth it considering we came all the way from Hanoi, and the convenience of reaching the top which affords a nice view of the Muong Hoa valley with its majestic rice terraces from the cable car. Although, the view at the peak is obscured by the heavy fog which might have been fantastic which according to many seldom happen. Still, it’s a great experience while in Sapa.
TRANPORT from Hanoi to Sapa:
There are several buses (sleeper bus) from Hanoi, Fansipan Express has the fancy cubicle-type bed, very private, with curtains and personal amenities like USB ports, lighting, shelf for your bottled water and other stuff, blanket, pillow, soft bed. Sapa Express also offer sleeper buses, open-type, 3-aisle, double-deck beds. The bus depot is about 1 kilometer away to the city center, 20,000 – 30,000 VND taxi fare.
There are also the smaller VIP vans. And lastly, the trains that travel up to Lao Cai train station, another one hour from station to Sapa by bus.
Checkout 12go.asia for schedule or book with your hotel, not much difference in cost.
ACCOMMODATION in Sapa
If your purpose is to go to Fansipan Legend, book hotels or accommodation near Sun Plaza. We stayed at Sapa Aroma Hotel, very affordable and comfortable:
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