Hue International Hot-Air Balloon Festival 2023 to Occur This Month

The "Beauty of the Ancient Capital" Festival is held to showcase the beauty, vibrancy, and diversity of the city of Hue to visitors.


The ancient capital of Hue is set to welcome a large influx of tourists this month, eager to experience the breathtaking panoramic view of the ancient city from hot air balloons soaring at an altitude of 500m.

The Hue International Hot-air Balloon Festival 2023 will be organized by the Thua Thien Hue Province’s Department of Tourism and HEXA Media Joint Stock Company between April 13 and 20.

With the theme “Beauty of the Ancient Capital”, the festival seeks to promote vibrant, attractive, and diverse images of Hue to both domestic and international visitors.

The festival will be held at the Ham Nghi yard, in front of the Royal Citadel. Visitors will enjoy free-flying to watch the sunrise at 6 am every day, flying 5-10km from the take-off point. Each flight carries two to three passengers for 45-60 minutes at an altitude of 300 to 500 meters. The ticket price for each person stands at VND4 million.

 Hot-air balloon festival in Hue in 2022. Photo: HEXA Media

The shorter flights have a reduced price cap of VND200,000 and will depart every five minutes from 5 pm to 7 pm, flying at an altitude of 30 to 50 meters. Tourists can marvel at the stunning view of Hue Royal Citadel, Tam Giang Lagoon, Ngu Mountain, and Huong River.

Visitors can also sample delicious Hue delicacies at 20 food stalls, go shopping, and play games at the vibrant entertainment complex, which will be open at Thua Thien Hue Sports Centre, 1 Ha Huy Tap Street.

The highlight of this year’s balloon festival is the EDM Music Night event, featuring renowned rappers and a variety of other artists. This music night promises to be a special experience for young people, offering them the opportunity to immerse themselves in an exciting and vibrant art space.

Hue captivates visitors with its tranquil atmosphere, relaxed pace of life, and timeless architecture. If you visit Hue in April, you’ll experience a vibrant and energetic city that is far removed from its past. Enjoy the colorful culture, explore the city’s unique sights, and take part in the exciting activities on offer. From its stunning temples and imperial palaces to its picturesque parks and bustling markets, Hue is a must-see destination. Whether you’re looking to relax or explore, Hue has something for everyone.

Pham Do Hoan, director of HEXA Media Joint Stock Company, said that the central city is looking to offer visitors a special program where they can explore a diverse and multi-dimensional space to take in the stunning views and obtain a richer understanding of the culture and cuisine of the ancient capital.

This year’s VnExpress Marathon Imperial Hue 2023 is scheduled for April 16th and will feature 10,000 runners! Make sure to join in the fun and celebrate this momentous occasion!

The hot air balloon festival is set to shift to Quy Nhon City in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh from April 25 to May 5. This exciting event will bring a wide range of activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy. From colorful hot air balloon displays to traditional cultural performances, the festival will be an unforgettable experience for all attendees. So don’t miss out – make sure to book your tickets soon!

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