Pha Din Pass, Vietnam travel

Pha Din Pass Mountain

As not so far from Hanoi, only about 32 kilometers long to reach Dien Bien province, visitors in Vietnam tourism have to pass Pha Din pass, known as the longest pass in Vietnam. Accompanied by local legend, Pha Din Pass is the place where the sky meets the earth, so it is considered as the frontier between “Heaven and Earth.”

Pha Din Pass Mountain

Pha Din Pass Mountain

Its highest peak is 1,648 meters above sea level. 60 years ago, Pha Din pass was the place from which soldiers pulled the artillery up the mountain to the Dien Bien Phu battlefield. Travel to Vietnam

The terrain of Pha Din pass now is not as difficult as before though there are still 8 sharp zigzag bends along the road. Works has been done to lower the altitude of the pass and the width of the road has been expanded making it easier to go through it. Pha Din pass becomes picturesque with green scenery dotted with the bamboo houses of the Thai ethnic minority people.

Pha Din Pass is the place where the sky meets the earth

Pha Din Pass is the place where the sky meets the earth

Pha Din Pass holds an important and heroic part in history, so passing Pha Din Pass to Dien Bien makes many people recall the courage of Vietnamese soldiers at Dien Bien Phu in the past.

60 years ago, Pha Din pass was part of the pipeline supplying ammunitions and food to the Dien Bien Phu battlefield. It was where 8,000 young volunteers, militia and workers carried ammunition and rice up the mountain every day.  It was the place where ground forces and artillerymen marched through to Dien Bien Phu. North Vietnam travel

It is now about dozens of kilometres from Pha Din pass to Dien Bien city. During the Dien Bien Phu campaign, the length of the road was not calculated by kilometres but by the hardship that the soldiers suffered.

The special road

The special road

There was a special section of the road that was 15 km long and built within 20 hours running the distance from Na Nham forest to Ngheu hamlet. On that road, Vietnamese soldiers manually pulled 2.4-tonne artilleries, 75-mm canons and 120-mm mortars through difficult mountains, deep abysses and enemy bombings to join the opening battle of the Dien Bien Phu campaign on March 13, 1954.

If you love nature and adventuring, Pha Din Pass will be definitely a good challenge for you. One side is vertical cliffs and other side is abyssal chasms. Moreover, the road has a lot of dangerous turnings.

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