Fansipan Mountain Sapa | 7 Best things must do in 2023

Fansipan Mountain is located in the southwest of Sapa, about 10 km from Sapa town, Sapa district, Lao Cai province. This is the highest mountain in Vietnam and the roof of Indochina with an altitude of 3,143m above sea level

1. Where is Fansipan Mountain

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The peak of Fansipan

Fansipan Mountain belongs to Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It is mountain rendezvous for those who love adventure travel because it is the highest and majestic. It is from Phong Tho to Hoa Binh with a length of 280 km and horizontal width of about 75 km in the widest. Fansipan Mountain is an exciting attraction in Sapa for tourists, which has many impressions special with tourists.
Moreover, Fansipan mountain has many trees with a height of around 50-60m and a hundred years old. That is great, the journey to discover Fansipan tour, you will admire the wonderful scenery.

2. How to get Fansipan Mountain

From Hanoi to Fansipan: Visitors can take the bus to Sapa or the overnight train to Sapa.
From Sapa town:
From Sapa town to Fansipan cable car station is 3km, visitors can take a taxi, but the road is winding, and there is a small bend in the road, which is especially more difficult on rainy days.
The second option will be more safe and fun, visitors can pay an extra 100.00vnd $4 to take the train from Muong Hoa to the cable car station. This train route not only shortens the travel time to 6 minutes but also offers the experience of discovering the beauty of Sapa according to unique way for visitors.
Muong Hoa mountain train is known as the most modern and longest mountain climbing train in Vietnam.
 >>>You may need this: Fansipan tour from Hanoi – Easy trekking to Sapa (2 Days 1 Night)

3. Best time to visit Fansipan Mountain 


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Thanks to the weather condition, each season has its own beauty you can go to Fansipan in any season of the year. 
The weather will be very pleasant if you go to Fansipan in spring and summer. This season, sitting on the Fansipan cable car, you also have the opportunity to see the Do Quyen flower forests blooming red by the stream.
If you come to Fansipan in the fall, you will admire the golden terraced fields in the ripe rice season, which in the photos at least once, you have ever wished to see with your own eyes.
So how about discovering Fansipan in winter? At this time, you can immerse yourself in the white snow, inhaling the sweet scent of the mountains and forests here.

3.1. Fansipan cable car opening hours.

The time Fansipan daily from 08:00 -17:00 
When you travel by cable car, it takes us only 15 minutes to arrive at the peak. The cable car starts at Hoang Lien Station. 
Each cable car accommodates about 35 people and transfers 2,000 passengers in an hour. 


3.2. Fansipan cable car ticket price

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The entrace fees tickets

Currently, cable car ticket payment is relatively fast and easy. You don’t have to wait any longer. 
Weekly tickets
Ticket price for adults and children over 1.4m tall is 750,000 VND

Ticket price for children from 1m to 1.4m tall is 550,000 VND
Weekend or holidays
Ticket price for adults and children over 1.4m tall is 900,000 VND
Ticket price for children from 1m to 1.4m tall is 600,000 VND
Note: Fansipan cable car ticket is a two-way ticket, so remember to keep the ticket to check the ticket when going down
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4. What to do at Fansipan

4.1 Muong Hoa valley

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The train at Fansipan

Muong Hoa mountain train will be your first unique and exciting experience in the journey to conquer Fansipan Peak, you only take about 6 minutes on the most modern train, crossing the beautiful Muong Hoa valley. Enjoy the full picture of the majestic and poetic landscape of the Northwest mountains and forests.
The starting point is right next to the magnificent Hotel de la Coupole - MGallery Sapa, with a small quaint train station in a colorful version of the French colonial style. After the ride, take a cable car ride through the Muong Hoa Valley and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery. 


4.2. Take cable car

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Visitors take cable car with the beautiful scenery

This is an extremely interesting experience for visitors, we can see the cloud is beautiful. From Hoang Lien station, the cable car will take us to conquer the roof of Indochina. The cable car will take 15 minutes you will see the beauty of Northwest Vietnam.

4.3. Trinh Pagoda - Bao An Thien Tu

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Bao An Thien Tu

Trinh Pagoda or Bao An Thien Tu at an altitude of more than 1600 m and located in the complex of Hoang Lien Station as the beginning of your spiritual journey of discovery with Fansipan peak.

4.4 Bich Van Thien Tu


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Bich Van Thien Tu

Bich Van Thien Tu at an altitude of over 3000 meters, is the first point in the spiritual complex located on the top of Fansipan. Designed in the Tran Dynasty architecture, Bich Van Thien Tu has a wide view of the immense mountain landscape with a large courtyard in front of the pagoda.

4.5. The largest Buddha statue in Vietnam

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The tallest bronze statue in Vietnam

The Great Buddha is the tallest bronze statue in Vietnam with a height of 21.5m, and is located at a majestic 3000m in the middle of the Northwest sky. Amitabha Buddha statue is cast by 50 tons with decorative lines bearing the imprint of the Tran Dynasty, such as dragons, and lotus flowers .... All are delicately carved

 4.6. Join the festival.

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Fesival at Fansipan

There are many festivals around the year will celebrate in here

  • Winter Festival – Snowy Paradise – Magical Crystal Land
  • Azalea festival - gather the whole flower paradise to Fansipan.
  • Khen Hoa Festival – The festival of opening heaven's gate.
  • Food Festival – “Northwest” life
  • The week of ripe rice season - Sapa's yellow color


4.7. Itinerary for Fansipan tour from Hanoi – Easy trekking to Sapa (2 Days 1 Night)

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Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Fansipan (Lunch)
Our driver will pick you up at 6:30 am and transfer b to Sapa
Arrive at Sapa around 12:30, our local guide will pick you up and transfer to the restaurant for lunch,
After lunch, we will take a cable car visit Fansipan Mountain – the highest mountain at Indochina.
Come back to the hotel for check-in. In the evening, have free time to explore Sapa town. 
Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, check out the hotel. keep trekking to Y Linh Ho - visit Muong Hoa Valley
Following the trail with spectacular natural sceneries of the fantastic mountain and terraced rice fields.
Take your time to communicate with the family, hear their stories and learn more about their culture.
Have lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, go back to Sapa and take the bus to get back to Hanoi
Arriving in Hanoi around 21h00p.m

Things you should bring: Trekking shoes, Sunscreen, and Mosquito repellent.

Prices Inclusions: 
Limousine bus (Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi)
Local English-speaking guide
Meals as mentioned. 
Accommodation 1 night in Sapa
Entrance fees

Prices Exclusions: 
Drinks & Tips
Personal Expense

5. Some tips for visitors

- Weather: Fansipan conquest success depends on many weather factors. If you go on rainy days, slippery, muddy roads will cause many troubles. Especially if there are too many clouds, you will not see the majestic scenery of Sa Pa.
- Health: Although going to Fansipan by cable car or road, visitors still have to climb nearly 600 stone steps, so you should pay attention before going. Also, the route rises to more than 3,000 meters, with high humidity and oxygen-deficient air, which those with heart or lung conditions should consider before visiting.
- What to wear: You should prepare warm clothes or rain cost, especially in the summer. It is recommended to dress neatly and be warm enough for climbing.
- Should bring some cash with you to use during eating and drinking because there is no ATM on the top of Fansipan.
- Should not bring too large things because the staff will not allow you to take them to the cable car.

We hope that this article will help you understand more about Sapa if you need any more help. Please feel free to contact Go Viet Trip: Email: Email: or hotline +84968667589. We are guarantee about quality and prices. Get a full refund if you do not feel happy with our services.

Author Hoan Nguyen

He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.

author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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