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First direct Da Nang-Quang Binh flights open
  • | VET | July 24, 2019 11:10 AM
Hai Au Aviation has launched the first direct flights between central Da Nang city and Quang Binh province’s capital Dong Hoi, providing visitors with greater options for traveling between the two tourist cities.

Using a 12-seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208B-EX aircraft, the route is flown every Thursday and Sunday and tickets are VND6.96 million ($300) per person.

The new route takes just 70 minutes and is a much more attractive proposition than the six-hour train ride or seven-hour bus ride. In addition to saving time, passengers will also be able to take in stunning views of central Vietnam’s coastline, including the lush Son Tra Peninsula, the famed Hai Van (Sea Cloud) Pass, which zigzags its way through the forested Truong Son mountain range, Lang Co Beach, and the “fish mazes” on the 24-km-long Tam Giang Lagoon, where three rivers empty into the sea. History buffs will also enjoy flying over the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) just north of Hue, which was established on the two banks of the Ben Hai River in central Quang Tri province when Vietnam was split in two along the 17th parallel under the terms of the 1954 Geneva Accords, and historic Dong Hoi Citadel.

The beach city of Da Nang has recently gained renewed international acclaim, finding its way on to numerous top “Places to Go” lists. Known as “The Miami of Vietnam”, the vibrant coastal city is developing a reputation for its serious foodie scene and its pristine 8-km stretch of beach dotted with glamorous five-star resorts.

In contrast, quiet and gentle Dong Hoi is the gateway to the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, known for its tropical forests, extensive cave system with underground rivers, and Son Doong, the world’s largest cave.

Hai Au Aviation, a subsidiary of the Thien Minh Group (TMG) - one of Vietnam’s leading travel and hospitality companies - is the pioneer in commercial seaplane flights in Vietnam, having first launched sightseeing flights over Ha Long Bay in 2014. At that time it was a new and unique way to contemplate the bay from an altitude of 500 to 3,000 meters over the course of 25 minutes, with a maximum of 12 passengers aboard.

It also launched the first seaplane flights between Hue and Da Nang earlier this year. Flights are daily, with three options - 30-minute, 40-minute, or 80-minute trips between Phu Bai Airport in Hue and Da Nang International Airport.

Hai Au Aviation has conducted more 2,500 flights for 30,000 customers from some 47 countries and territories. Most are foreigners, primarily American and English.

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