Vietnam is developing a cable car in a bid to lure more tourists to the "Town In The Clouds".
The lofty transportation method will transfer holidaymakers from Sa Pa Town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai to Fansipan Mountain.
Fansipan, standing 3,143 metres (10,312ft) tall, is the highest mountain in Indochina - a federation of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The number of visitors on trekking holidays who currently register to climb to Fansipan's peak each month can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands.
Local authority leaders believe the cable car route, due to be launched next year, will open up more tourism opportunities for Sa Pa, one of the area's leading market towns.
They hope holidaymakers on group tours will be enticed to Hoang Lien National Park, Fansipan peak and the town's intriguing stone-built Catholic church.
The project's first phase, starting this year, will concentrate on developing the cable car system and culture-tourism complex. Phase two will build hotels and recreational centres.
The Fansipan Sa Pa cable tourism company, which has also built a cable car to service Ba Na Hill, is investing in the project.
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