Published on : Friday, March 4, 2016
The world’s longest three-rope cable car in Vietnam helped some 40,000 tourists visit the “Roof of Indochina” or Fansipan peak in one month of operation, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported. The cable car connects Muong Hoa Valley and Fansipan Mountain in the northern province of Lao Cai.
Vietnam’s Sun Group began construction in November 2013 with consultancy from the world’s leading cable car group, Doppelmayr Garaventa.
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.
It has the capacity to shuttle 2,000 passengers per hour with each cabin accommodating up to 35 people.
The facility also has the world’s biggest height gap between its departure and arrival stations (1,410 metres).
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 per cent every year and reach 3 million by 2020.
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.