Get carried away in Hue on a hot-air balloon ride

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A 45-minute up-in-the-air trip above the former royal city costs $270


The hot-air balloon festival, which is part of the Hue Festival, brings together colorful balloons from India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and Vietnam. Photos: Dao Tuan/Zing
The balloons are 25 meters tall and 18 meters in diameter.
Each can fly four people at a time, including the pilot. 
Tourists can pay VND6 million (US$270) for a flight of between 30 to 45 minutes or five kilometers at around 150 meters above the former royal city. Hue was the capital of Vietnam’s last ruling family Nguyen between 1802 and 1945.  
 Their flight time is between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
A three-minute flight costs VND150,000 a person. But that only brings you up and down.
A tomb complex as seen from a flying balloon
The tomb complex of King Tu Duc, the fourth emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty who reigned from 1847 to 1883, seen from more than 100 meters high
 Getting some hot air: Balloons are ready for flying.
You can find the original Vietnamese story here on Zing.

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