A cable car ride takes tourists to Mount Fansipan in Sa Pa Town, northern Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Sun Group
The cable car to Mt Fansipan, the “Roof of Indochina,” and a funicular train down Muong Hoa Valley in Sa Pa Town are closed for annual maintenance.
They halted operations Monday and will resume on December 6, the Facebook page of tourism complex Sun World Fansipan Legend said.
Some tourists expressed disappointment about the month-long suspension since they have already made plans to Sa Pa during the period.
Pun Kankamon Kraisingdecha from Thailan asked in Sun World’s Facebook post: “Is there any chance to open sooner than scheduled? We have booked everything for our trip in early December, and Fansipan is the place we want to visit the most.”
The cable car starts from Hoang Lien station in Fansipan Legend, and can carry 30-35 people at a time, or 2,000 in an hour, to the peak.
From the Fansipan cable car station, visitors need to climb 600 steps to reach the very top of the peak, which is situated 3,147.3 meters above sea level.
The funicular service, starting at the MGallery Hotel in town, allows visitors to admire the beauty of Muong Hoa Valley with its rice terraces and ethnic minority villages.
Sa Pa is at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level.