Whenever thinking of the first trip to Vietnam, the most popular places often come up in travelers’ minds are: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Danang, Hoian, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Saigon. However, this beautiful country is not just all about bustling cities, Buddhist pagodas or untouched beaches, it’s also famous for spectacular mountain ranges.
Mountains in Vietnam possess incredible landscape and unique features that differentiate them from the others. If you are climbing enthusiasts or you like spectacular and panorama views, don’t forget to check out the top famous mountains in Vietnam with Vietnam Travel’s recommendations. Let’s exploce The Famous Mountains In Vietnam below.
The Famous Mountains In Vietnam
Fansipan Summit, Hoang Lien Mountain
Located about 9km west of Sapa Town, Fansipan Peak belonging to Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, is the tallest mountain in Vietnam with an impressive height of 3,143m and was labelled as “the Rooftop of Indochina”. Fansipan means “Hua Si Pan” in local language (aka Huge Rock). Conquering the summit of Fansipan is a challenge itself as you have to be physically fit, have great experiences in hiking and trekking. It is highly recommended to hire a local guide or porter to escort your groups because he can lead you on the right and safest trekking path; help you carry some stuffs and prepare meals during the journey.
If you don’t want to take risks and can’t pass the physical tests, Fansipan Cable Car is available to meet your desire to visit the summit. The cable car was opened to public in 2016, got the Guinness World Records of the longest three rope cable car in the world (6,292.5m) and the greatest elevation difference by a non stop three rope cable car (1,410m). Thanks to the massive cable car system, it takes only 15 minutes of riding and around 600 extra steps to reach the summit; instead of 2 to 3 hard trekking days.
The cable cars operate from 7:30am to 5:30pm every day, with capacity of 35 passengers per car. 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.
Situated in Da Lat one of the best honeymoon destinations in Vietnam, Langbiang is the ideal choice to fulfill your mountain exploration series in Vietnam. Not only famous for romantic beauty of pine trees and colorful flowers, the mountain also associated with a touchy love story of K’ho people, an ethnic minority in Vietnam. The boy’s name is K’Lang and the girl’s name is Howiang. In accident, the boy saves girl from fierce wolves in the jungle and they falls in love after that. However, this love is forbidden by girl’s father due to long standing conflicts between two villages where the couple lives.
They escape to a high mountain to live their own life. But the destiny doesn’t allow them to have fully happy life. Howbiang perishes due to a toxic arrow of his K’Lang’s villagers and then, K’Lang also passes away due to extreme sadness. For the honor of their loyal love, the mountain where they live, named after the couple. And this mountain is Langbiang as the present time.
Ma Pi Leng Mountain Pass
Ma Pi Leng Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.500m (4,921ft) above the sea level. It’s a part of the Dong Van Karst Plateau, lies on the Happiness Road, which connects Ha Giang City, Dong Van and Meo Vac. Happiness Road is about 200km long and was built by thousands of youth volunteers from 16 ethnic groups of 8 Vietnam Northern provinces. It took 6 years (1959-1965) to complete the construction and especially, the 20 km pass Ma Pi Leng was built by suicide troops volunteers who had to hang themselves on rock cliffs and move every centimeter to finish the dangerous 11 month building process.
The name Ma Pi Leng means literally “horse’s nose”, implying the dangerous of the topography here when mountains upstanding like horse’s bridge of the nose. It is considered as one of the “greatest four mountain passes” in the northern mountainous regions of Vietnam, together with Khau Pha in Yen Bai Province, O Quy Ho in Lao Cai Province and Pha Din in Lai Chau Province.