The world’s longest three-rope cable car connecting Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain in the northern province of Lao Cai has helped some 40,000 tourists conquer the so-called “Roof of Indochina” in one month of operation.
Vietnam’s Sun Group began construction in November 2013 with consultancy from the world’s leading cable car group, Doppelmayr Garaventa. The facility also has the world’s biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410 metres).[caption id="attachment_11148" align="aligncenter" width="611"] Vietnam’s Sun Group began construction in November 2013 with consultancy from the world’s leading cable car group[/caption]
It has the capacity to shuttle 2,000 passengers per hour with each cabin accommodating up to 35 people. The system cuts the arduous two-day trek to the 3,143 metre summit, the highest mountain in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, to just 15 minutes. Along with the tremendous cable car system, the area has plush five-star hotels, restaurants with local specialties, golf courses and a shopping mall constructed at the Fansipan Legend tourism site. In addition, Vietnamese pagodas were also built near the cable car stations, which are billed as attractive destinations for travellers who love spiritual tourism. Security systems, healthcare, food safety and environmental sanitation have been a major focus in order to ensure excellent services for tourists. With the world’s most modern three-rope system, the Fansipan cable car is tolerant of harsh weather conditions and guarantees complete safety for visitors. The system is expected to help boost the number of tourists to Sapa by 30 to 40 percent every year and reach 3 million by 2020. It will also become the main tourism service in Sapa in the next few years.