Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi’s Sky

Giant hot air balloons are new tourism products introduced in the "Get on Ha Noi 2022" tourism event series.

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Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Colorful hot air balloons “took off” to open the “Get on Ha Noi 2022” tourism event series in Long Bien’s longan garden on March 25.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
The Hanoi Department of Tourism collaborated with the Chien Thang Company to hold a show of 22 hot air balloons. The event lasts from 8 am to 9 pm, March 25 to 27.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
At 8 pm on March 25, the show was brought to Ly Thai To flower garden and Dinh Tien Hoang street, Hoan Kiem district.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Hoang Ngoc Nam, director of Chien Thang Company, said: “Besides holding the biggest hot air balloon show ever in Vietnam, we also introduced three new tourism products. The highlight will be hot balloon tours to admire Hanoi from above, which allows tourists to enjoy the scene of the romantic Red river flowing peacefully around skyscrapers and modern streets.”
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
The final event relating to air balloons in the series is a show of ballons on exciting music background.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Due to the space conditions of the performance venue, the hot air balloon will hover up and down at the height of no more than 50m according to international standards.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Three class 7 hot air balloons (AX-7, FAI) meeting international standards participate in the event. The balloons, with a height of 22-25 meters and the largest diameter of about 17-18 meters, are no more than 500 kilograms each and can carry three adults or 4-5 children, excluding the pilot.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
20 class 1 balloons (AX-1), with a height of 10-12 meters, are also displayed.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
From early morning, young people gathered at the longan garden to admire the capital’s new tourism product.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Besides watching the scene, visitors can get inside the hot air balloons when lying on the ground.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
A ticket to the festival costs VND 60,000 (US$ 2,6) /person, children under 1.1 meters in height do not have to buy tickets. To get on a balloon, one has to pay VND 25,000 (US$1,1). Fly ticket costs VND 150,000 ($6,5) per child and VND 300,000 (US$13) per adult.
Photo: Air Balloons Colorize Hanoi's Sky
Nguyen Trung Kien, a visitor, said: “I learned about the information yesterday, so I brought my family here today. We used to go to Siem Reap (Cambodia) to see hot air balloon festivals. Now we can enjoy the same scene in Hanoi.”
Valerie Mai