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Floating above Hue in hot air balloons

Text & photos by Hoang Le

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The sky in the central city of Hue saw a burst of color during the International Hot Air Balloon Festival 2023, which took place from April 13 to 20. The festival, themed “Hue – Beauty of the ancient capital”, attracted many locals and tourists.

Co-organized by the Department of Tourism of Thua Thien Hue Province and Hexa Media, the annual event is part of the year-long Hue Festival 2023, aiming to promote vibrant, attractive and diverse Hue tourism.

Balloons fly over the privy council. This is one of the famous scenic spots of Hue, apart from the Huong River, Ngu Mountain, Vong Canh Hill, etc., that guests can enjoy from the balloons
Sports commentator Ta Bien Cuong – one of the thousands of tourists – joins the festival
A balloon is being prepared for takeoff
Each balloon can carry two to three guests. They can fly for 45 minutes at an altitude of 300-500 meters
Guests experience the tethered hot air balloon ride within 5 minutes at an altitude of 300-500 meters
A young lady poses for a photo inside a balloon
Balloons fly over Hue’s Citadel. This year’s hot-air balloon festival is a highlight, kicking off the summer tourism season of Hue as well as responding to the Week of Hue Festival 2023
A guest enjoys flying in a hot-air balloon
Dong Ba Gate in the east of Hue’s Citadel is seen from the balloons
The festival expects to meet the needs of domestic and foreign tourists to experience Hue’s cultural heritage from a different perspective, said Nguyen Van Phuc, director of Thua Thien Hue Department of Tourism
A kid poses with a balloon
Another kid and her father watch the balloons
The festival attracts many young guests

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