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Vietnam private carrier to offer Ha Long Bay seaplane tours in September

Friday, August 22, 2014, 13:16 GMT+7

A privately-owned carrier is slated to offer services between Hanoi and the northern city of Ha Long in September using seaplanes, allowing passengers to have an aerial view over Vietnam’s iconic Ha Long Bay.

Hai Au Aviation expects to inaugurate the service on September 9, CEO Luong Hoai Nam said Thursday, after receiving two 12-seat Cessna Grand Caravan seaplanes shipped from the U.S.

The Vietnamese carrier ordered three such seaplanes to serve the Ha Long Bay tourism route this year, at a total cost of US$10 million, Nam said.

“In September, we will fly passengers on sightseeing tours to the coves and islands in Ha Long Bay,” the CEO said, adding his seaplanes are available for charter flights as well.

Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular travel destination located in the northern province of Quang Ninh, a 153-km and 2.5-hour drive from the capital city of Hanoi.

Service between Hanoi and Ha Long, Quang Ninh’s capital city, costs more than VND5 million ($235) per ticket.

An aerial tour above Ha Long Bay costs more than VND5 million for 25 minutes, and more than VND7 million ($329) for a 40-minute trip.

A 50 percent discount is applied for the aerial tour from its inauguration to the end of November, according to the carrier.

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