On November 27, National Geographic magazine announced the top 28 most attractive destinations in the world in 2019. Hoang Lien Son, Sapa reaches the 7th place in this list to be the most fascinating destination in Southeast Asia.
National Geographic is a prestigious American magazine, it has worldwide recognition with publications translated into 40 languages. On the occasion for the announcement of the top 28 world most attractive destinations in 2019 voted by travel editors and explorers of this magazine, Hoang Lien Son outstandingly ranks at the 7th place.
Mr. George Stone, head of the travel editorial department of National Geographic has shared: “This is the best 28 adventures and those experiences have inspired, changed visions and connected us with the cultures, destinations and ideas influencing the world.”
In the introduction to Hoang Lien Son, the famous magazine has described: “Thanks to the new cable car, more and more visitors have the opportunity to reach the 3,143-meter Fansipan summit. The area of the Northwest mountain (away from the bustling town of Sapa) remains untouched. A separate world from the noisy Hanoi is just about 313 km futher to the Northeast.”
Fansipan three-wire cable car connecting Muong Hoa valley to Mount Fansipan takes visitors to the middle of the deep green primitive forest valley, crossing white floating clouds so that they can witness the spectacular beauty of Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
Besides, those who are adventurous can go trekking, exploring mountains, forests and life of ethnic people in Sapa with their unique cultures of the northern mountainous region of Vietnam that almost nowhere else has.
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Hoang Lien Son easily appealsvisitors to conquer Fansipan peak. There is a complex of prestigious architectural works hidden in the middle of the mountain. The bell echoing in the steep cliffs brings a sense of security and freedom.
In this natural complex, visitors have the opportunity to worship the statue of Amitabha Buddha – one of the highest bronze Buddha statues in Vietnam with the height of 21.5m, made of thousands of thin 5-millimeter copper plates. This is also a rare feat of Buddha statue in Vietnam. From this place, visitors can see the overview of the Hoang Lien mountain range under the benevolent look of the Buddha.
The summit of Fansipan is where the 3,143-meter tower located – an important milestone for the journey conquering the roof of Indochina. This is a place where visitors can immerse themselves in the spectacular cloudy area like what National Geographic magazine has mentioned when talking about Hoang Lien Son.
Along with the gastronomy exploration in the village, visitors can totally enjoy the highland flavor with the delicious traditional dishes of the Northwestern people such as Sapa sausage, Bac Ha noodle soup, buffalo jerkey and sticky rice, etc. made by ethnic people in the highland fair market and the area of Fansipan cable car station.
During this time, the winter festival also cheerly takes place, offering visitors the experience that the travel editor-in-chief of National Geographic has told, was the journey “for our mission of discovery, preserve, respect and connect with the planet.”