Known as “Dalat of Northern Vietnam”, Sapa is a famous and favorite tourist attraction for both domestic visitors and foreigners. It impresses tourists not only by its stunning landscapes or cool weather but the diversified and unique culture of ethnic minorities as well. More amazingly, what recalls visitors about Sapa is the Fansipan peak, the Indochina summit. Let's see what to experience in this marvelous peak. 

Fansipan Mountain is regarded as the roof of Viet Nam and is extremely suitable for those wishing to be adventurous, to explore and experience the spectacular natural landscapes. This place has natural conservation areas having temperate forests with bright yellow flowers and sub-tropical forests of over 2000 plants and more than 300 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Amazingly, on the high point at 2963m, we can see the milestone marking the conquering of the French in 1905. Climbing up a little bit more, tourists can see huge stone blocks, located by a small stone.


1.  Incredible cable car rides to Fansipan peak

A breathtaking experience awaits at the top of Mt. Fansipan, the highest peak in Vietnam. It used to take travelers two days of hard trekking to reach the summit. Now, you can reach the ‘Roof of Indochina’ in just 15 minutes. Jaw-dropping views of swirling clouds and forested slopes from the top of Fansipan make this adventure a must-do on any Sapa itinerary. Here are three things to look forward to on your Fansipan excursion.

The Sun World Fansipan cable cars hold a Guinness World Record and the ride to the summit is a highlight of many travelers’ time in Sapa. The cable cars run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm every day, and each one can hold up to 35 passengers. Once you leave the station, you’ll immediately start to float high above the rice terraces and rocky cliffs below. Huge windows let you take in the sights all around, as you ascend gradually to this towering tip above the clouds.    


  • Adults: 700,000 VND/ person/ 2 ways

  • Children from 1 meters up to 1.3 meters high: 400,000 VND/ person/ 2 ways

  • Kids under 1 meters tall: Free fare


2. Serene gardens and pagodas in Fansipan summit

Before reaching the summit of Mt. Fansipan, you’ll arrive at a peaceful garden complex, with stone paths, ancient Azalea trees, and 18 skillfully sculpted bronze statues. These sculptures lead the way to a 20-meter celestial Buddha statue perched on the mountainside - the largest in the country. The gardens and pagodas all around provide a tranquil setting to pause and breathe in the fresh air.    

Sun World Fansipan Legend hosts several festivals each year to celebrate the culture of northwestern Vietnam. These festivals usually take place in spring and summer and feature traditional performances and fun folk games.


3. Captivating sights from Fansipan summit  

A series of stairs or a funicular rail will take you the final leg to the top of Mt. Fansipan. From here, you’ll have the rewarding, unbelievable sight of cloud-covered peaks stretching all the way to the horizon. The highest point is a favorite spot for selfies, but you can walk the entire platform for 360-degree vistas. The cloud formations at the top of Mt. Fansipan change every few seconds, revealing new shapes and scenes as the earth meets the sky.    


4. Admire the snow in Vietnam, a tropical country.

For a tropical country like Vietnam, it is rare to see the snow. And Sapa, especially the Fansipan summit is the only place in Vietnam that tourists can admire this phenomenon.

It usually happens in the late winter (in December). So if you are lucky enough, you can take photos with snow in Vietnam. 


5. What is Sapa's shopping as a gift?

Brocade - it is one of the most favorite items that many tourists choosing for their loved ones. Brocade items are available at the local market or on the street, in the middle of the street.

Brocade in Sapa's local markets

Dried buffalo meat - Meat is sold pretty much in Sapa. The price is about 800,000 - 1,000,000VND/ kg depending.

Dried meat in Sapa

Mushroom - Sapa forest mushrooms growing on chestnut trees in Hoang Lien Son deep forest is considered the best – it is sweet. The locals often go to the forest to pick up mushrooms, string on the bamboo strip and bring out the town to sell a lot.

Black mushroom in Sapa

For more local dishes - let's look at top 10 unique Sapa foods for not missing.

You can also look at our Ultimate Sapa Travel Guide.


Amazing Fansipan awaits you to explore, right? Backpack and enjoy your trip. For more details, visit VieGo.