Visiting the westernmost spot in Vietnam – Trip Around Me
ĐIỆN BIÊN – At the peak of the Khoan La San Mountain, located west of the mainland of Vietnam, Milestone No Zero A Pa Chải is located at 1864 meters above sea level in the commune of Sín Thầu , in the district of Muong Nhe, in the north of the province of Yin.
The marker was installed with the agreement of three countries on June 27, 2005. Made of granite, it is two meters high and has three sides to face the three nations. Each side is engraved with information in each language and the national emblem of each nation.
It is the junction of the border between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. People always jokingly say that’s where a cork raven and people from three countries can hear.
The region is among the top destinations for backpackers and travelers.
In the past, to cross this milestone, border soldiers and tourists had to cross the forest.
Now a road and stairs have been built to facilitate the trip.
A Pa Chải is located about 250 km from the center of the historic town of Điện Biên Phủ, which mainly houses the group of ethnic minority Hà Nhì. In Hà Nhì language, a Pa Chải means a large flat land.
There are two different seasons in the region: the rainy season from April to October and the dry season from November to March with an average temperature of 21-23 degrees Celsius.
Pa Chải is also home to an old forest with a diverse flora and fauna.
Tourists are advised to come to the area during the dry season between November and March as it is easier to get around without risk of landslides and slippery roads. – VNS