02/2018, the 7.99km Hon Thom Cable Car is open for passenger service on the largest island in Vietnam. Operations , not only will it hold the world’s longest continuous passenger ropeway title, it will also dramatically improve transport time and experience along a string of tropical islands known as the An Thoi Archipelago.
Hon Thom in An Thoi Archipelago is an archipelago off the southern coast of Phu Quoc Island, consisting of 18 isles.
Hon Thom is considered as the pearl of Phu Quoc and famous for its beautiful beaches, a best place for fishing, diving and watching coral.
Historically, the island chain was a remote backwater, but in recent times, it has experienced tremendous growth in the tourism sector. Projected to receive 1.8 million visitors in 2017, Phu Quoc broke visitorship records last year by hosting 3 million tourists. Essentially, travellers from Ho Chi Minh City are just a 50 minute plane ride away from this tropical paradise while direct flights are also available from major regional cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok and Guangzhou.
From An Thoi, passengers hop aboard one of seventy 30-passenger cabins (24 seated, 6 standing) and are taken on an aerial ride across the Gulf of Thailand, two islands (Hon Dua and Hon Roi) and six massive concrete towers (up to 160m) before being dropped off in Hon Thom (i.e. Pineapple Island).
Thanks to the cable car’s maximum travel speed of 8.5m/s (30.6km/h), trip times between the islands will decrease by 75% — from over an hour via ferry in the past to just 15.6 minutes onboard the ropeway. Passengers landing in Hon Thom, a burgeoning eco-tourism destination, will be able to visit an amusement park, beaches and a water park.
At a record breaking length of nearly 8km, the Hon Thom system has eclipsed the previous record holder, Fansipan Legend, by 1.5km. The pace of innovation in the industry is quite incredible to say the least as the Fansipan Legend was opened just less than two years ago.