|The Mường Hoa rail route, which starts from MGallery Hotel in Sa Pa Town and ends at the cable station to Fansipan Peak. — Photo reatimes.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — A two-carriage train linking Sa Pa Town and the existing cable station to Fansipan Peak will be opened on March 31. The train ride promises a spectacular journey for tourists.
The Mường Hoa rail route, which starts from MGallery Hotel in Sa Pa Town and ends at the cable station to Fansipan Peak, is 2km long, one of the longest mountain rail routes in the country. The train will travel at a maximum speed of 10m per second and can serve up to 2,000 guests per hour.
The rail route will shorten tourists’ travel time from 20 minutes by car over risky mountainous roads to four minutes by train through valleys, viaducts and tunnels offering beautiful views of surrounding villages as well as nature.
The two carriages have been designed and produced by Swiss company Garaventa.
Each carriage is 20m in length and 3m wide, weighs 25 tonnes and can carry 200 passengers at once.
The carriage has classic European interiors with antique lights, ceiling fans and huge glass windows.
At the Mường Hoa Cable Station, tourists will continue to take the cable route over Hoàng Liên Sơn range to reach Fansipan Peak, the top of Indochina, at a height of 3,143m.
The new rail route and the world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, Fansipan Sapa, measuring 6,292.5m in length - which was opened to the public on February 2, 2016 - will complete service at the Sun World Fansipan Legend tourism complex. — VNS