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5/16/2019 2:59:05 PM

Vietnam launches helicopter rides in Ha Long Bay

While most visit famed Ha Long Bay in a cruise to enjoy the view, visitors will now get another option to experience the beauty of karst rock formation high up from the sky.

The helicopters will be stationed at the Tuan Chau heliport to serve visitors without requiring any earlier announcement. Those willing to enjoy heli tour can book tickets from a helicopter ride-hailing app in Vietnam. Visitors will have three options to select from, i.e., 12, 15 or 40 min. Price of the tickets will also depend on the option you choose; prices of tickets start from INR 8804.

Vietnam is gradually climbing the tourism charts with its fast-growing middle class opting to expand their travel appetite and budget. While, the country recorded a growth of 20 per cent in the number of tourist footfall, this new move is aimed at tapping into further growth of tourism.

The trips start at $125 for 12 minutes. Image: Manan VATSYAYANA - AFP

Ha Long Bay is one of the popular tourist spots in Vietnam, situated around 165 km away from Hanoi. What makes the bay an interesting spot to visit is that it consists of a dense cluster of 1969 limestone monolithic islands, which are capped with thick jungle vegetation, and have risen literally from the ocean.

An official in the know-how, referring in this development, said that a waste-water management has also been set up to deal with the sewage that are been spewed out of the cruise ships daily. He also stated that in order to ensure that the environment in and around Ha Long Bay is clean and green, the authorities are also launching various programs. With the boom in tourism, environmental concerns are the obvious after effects, and it is likely that this new move will help both tourists and environment at the same time.

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