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Historic Pha Din Pass – where heaven meets earth

Pha Din Pass is one of the most well-known and historic destinations in the Northwest area of Vietnam. If you have a chance to travel from Son La to Dien Bien Phu, you will regret it if you do not stop on top of the Pha Din and admire a breathtaking scenery as well as take amazing pictures

Pha Din Pass is the natural border between Son La and Dien Bien

Pha Din Pass is the natural border between Son La and Dien Bien

From halfway up to the top of the pass, floating white clouds embracing Pha Din looks like a scene in heaven. Stretching 32km, Pha Din Pass has long been as the natural border between two provinces Son La and Dien Bien. Located on Highway 6, a part of the pass belongs to Son La province while the rest part is owned by Dien Bien province. Travel Indochina

Floating white clouds embracing Pha Din

Floating white clouds embracing Pha Din

The name Pha Din was originated from a word in language of Thai ethnic people in Vietnam, “Phạ Đin” in which “Phạ” means heaven and “Đin” means earth because the local people believe that the pass is where the heaven meets the earth. Tours in Vietnam

Pha Din Pass, where the heaven meets the earth.

Pha Din Pass, where the heaven meets the earth.

On the journey to conquer Pha Din, you will see peaceful villages down in the valley but the higher you go the smaller those villages become and when reaching the top, you will almost see nothing below but the blue sky and spectacular mountains blended together. On the top of Pha Din Pass, travellers will feel like standing on float clouds, be patient and wait until the mist all melted, around 8.30am to 9a.m, your reward will be a majestic natural picture that really hard to be found in any other destination

Peaceful villages down in the valley

Peaceful villages down in the valley

There is a stone stele inscribed: “This is where suffered the most from bombings by aircraft of the French colonialism to prevent our weapons, ammunition and food supplies for Dien Bien Phu campaign”. If you have the opportunity to visit this historic site, do not hesitate to ask the tour guide to tell you about the famous Dien Bien Phu Victory “illustrious five continents, earth tremors”

The stele stands to mark this historical event on the top of Pha Din pass

The stele stands to mark this historical event on the top of Pha Din pass

Pha Din Pass was dubbed as one of the “four greatest passes” in the northwestern region of Vietnam. You definitely should not ignore this spectacular historic site if you have a chance to discover northwestern region of Vietnam

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