Paragliding, the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders, is slowly picking up popularity among thrill-seekers in Vietnam.
According to many young people, paragliding, or parachute gliding, excites them with the flying-like feeling and spectacular views of natural beauty.
“This is an interesting sport which helps improve health and release stress,” Cao Ha Tan, a 33-year-old-paragliding instructor, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Paragliding is said to also help train concentration, precision, and calmness in dealing with issues, because a moment of distraction could end in disaster.
|Paragliders scale the Chua Chan Mountain in the southern province of Dong Nai. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|A woman practices maneuvers before making a paragliding attempt. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|Paragliding instructor Cao Ha Tan (C) reminds players of safety regulations before a ride. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Although the sport requires players to strictly follow various rules and the weather sometimes poses challenges for paragliging attempts, players are willing to go to great lengths for the thrilling experience.
However, as the sport is relatively new in Vietnam, especially in the southern region, it is complicated to apply for a paragliding license in the country.
The sport is more popular in the northern region, where nature offers such breathtaking landscapes for paragliders as Khau Pha Pass or Mu Cang Chai Town.
Meanwhile, the closest paragliding destination from Ho Chi Minh City is Chua Chan Mountain in the neighboring province of Dong Nai, 90 kilometers from the southern metropolis.
|A man paraglides over Son Tra Peninsula in the central city of Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|A paraglider takes off. Photo: Tuoi Tre
|Paragliders check paragliding equipment before a ride. Photo: Tuoi Tre