Pha Din Pass: an extreme challenge for silk drivers

Pha Din pass is a natural boundary between Dien Bien and Son La provinces, possessing an altitude of 1000m above sea level, Pha Din is like a rope suspended in the sky, creating a picture of wild nature, wonderful, attracting tourists from all over the country to explore and experience. 

Located about 100km from Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien province, Pha Din pass is one of the four most beautiful mountain passes in the Northwest. Not only the majestic mountains, fresh air, Pha Din Pass also has beautiful natural scenery with white clouds floating around the mountain, creating a romantic scene like a fairyland.

The beauty of Pha Din pass in windy days

In Thai (the local language here), Pha Dinh is Phạ Đin, meaning “Heaven and earth”, this is also a way of referring to the height of the pass. The pass is located on Highway 6 with a length of 32km, starting from Son La town (about 66km west of Son La town) to Dien Bien Phu city (84km from the city). 

Weather at  Pha Din pass is cool and pleasant in spring and summer. Spring comes, forest flowers bloom to show off a whole sky. The pure, pure white color of plum blossoms blends with the deep red of peaches, and the pinkish pink color of the flowers creates a romantic picture on the mountains. 

Phan Din pass attracts young people

The pass curves softly like a white silk strip surrounding the majestic mountain. Floating white clouds in harmony with the golden sun help other travelers be forever confused. Unlike the plains and towns, the summer weather on Pha Din Pass is very cool. After the night, the mist still lingers on the tops of trees, flower branches and on the riders’ cars.  

Beautiful scenery with majestic mountains mixed with floating white clouds creates a charming and arrogant Pha Din

In winter, when the temperature is low, you can feel the cold, numbness characteristic of the same high plasticity. In addition to the cold, the light rains that bring the cold of the whole winter soak into the skin, the clouds spreading out the way create a beautiful picture of the nature.

Blooming flower fields in Pha Din Pass tourist area atop Pha Din pass

Pha Din Pass is dreamily beautiful in windy days

From the top of the pass, you can see the majesty of the mountains

Standing on the top of Pha Din pass , you will feel like you are floating in the air, just stretch your arms and your neck embraces the white cloudy sky. Looking in the distance, the folds of the manufacturers are undulating, hidden at the foot of the wild, rustic pass, the gentle, warm sunset light makes people’s hearts peaceful and peaceful, Pha Din in windy days brings poetic, fanciful, haughty and charming beauty.

Villages located at the foot of the pass evoke wild, rustic and idyllic beauty

Pha Din pass – a road that challenges silk drivers to conquer

Pha Din is one of the “Four Great Passes” of the Northwest after O Quy Ho Pass (Lao Cai), Khau Pha (Yen Bai), Ma Pi Leng (Ha Giang). The highest point of the pass is at an altitude of 1,648m above sea level, the pass slope is from 10-19%, the ability to withstand the wind of 200km / h.

In addition to the majestic beauty, Pha Din Pass also has a rather dangerous terrain with unstable roads and great slopes. The slope somewhere 12%, some places 15%, even 19%. Therefore, Pha Din pass is only for those who love adventure and conquer. Especially young people who have experience in Northwestern tourism .

One side of the pass is steep and the other side is an abyss, the winding pass, zigzag, and very dangerous shape 8, this is really a difficult challenge for silk drivers who want to conquer this pass.

Pha Din attracts young people who are passionate about exploring and conquering

After overcoming sharp bends, the roads are winding to reach the top of Pha Din. Standing on the top of the pass, looking down, you will have a sense of achievement and victory because you have conquered this difficult road. Besides, you can also admire the interference between heaven and earth and the magnificent beauty of the mountains, this will be an unforgettable experience for each person.

Pha Din is mighty and poetic when viewed from above

On the way to conquer Pha Dinh pass, you will see the villages with the people living. You can stop by, chat and buy some Dien Bien specialties as gifts  for your friends and relatives.

Currently, the projects on upgrading and creating National Highway 6, from Son La to Thuan Giao have been completed. Besides, the road to avoid Pha Din pass was also built along the mountainside, nearly 400m lower than Pha Din pass. Main traffic activities are carried out on this new pass. Therefore, vehicles and people traveling through Pha Din pass are negligible. Now, this pass is just for people who love adventure and conquer.

Young people feel free to check in on the top of the pass after passing the dangerous road

Pha Din pass experience is to prepare drinks and snacks in advance to eat along the way. Pha Din is also a dangerous road that requires you to prepare protective gear, sturdy shoes, and personal bandages in advance. 

If traveling in June, July, early August, you should prepare to wear a raincoat to avoid sudden rains. In addition, if you want to stay, you should book the hostel for about 2 weeks in advance to avoid running out of space.

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