Vietnam floatplanes to take tourists to Ha Long, Phan Thiet

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A local company has announced plans to use amphibious aircrafts to take tourists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to popular tourism spots including Ha Long Bay, the beach town of Phan Thiet and the Mekong Delta.

Starting in June, Thien Minh Group will take tourists from Hanoi to Ha Long and from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet and the Mekong Delta destinations of Can Tho, Long Xuyen and Chau Doc on daily flights, Saigon Times Daily reported.

Thien Minh purchased an 89 percent stake in the newly established private air carrier Hai Au Airlines late last year in order to launch the services.

Tran Trong Kien, chairman and CEO of Thien Minh, said Hanoi-Ha Long will be the main route, with a planned 8-12 flights per day. Planes will fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, Can Tho, Long Xuyen and Chau Doc each day.

The floatplanes will set off from Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC, he said.

The airfares have not been revealed.

It will take around 25 minutes to fly from Hanoi to Ha Long, according to the company.

Tourists can book flights separately or as a group, with wach vessel holding a total of 12 passengers.

Kien, the chairman and CEO, said the company has already received a lot of bookings, mostly from foreigners.

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