By Evie Carrick
May 20, 2019
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A visit to Ha Long Bay tops the list for most travelers in Vietnam. And once you see it, it’s easy to understand why. The bay in northeastern Vietnam is dotted with forest-covered limestone islands that tower over the bay’s emerald green waters. Most visitors explore the bay by boat or kayak, but starting now, they’ll be able to see the UNESCO heritage site from the sky.

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Helicopter manufacturer Bell announced that the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company will be offering tourism flights in their new Bell 505 helicopters. The five-seaters will take passengers high in the sky for rare, aerial views of Ha Long Bay and the surrounding area. Bell said in a statement that the Bell 505's “forward-facing seats and large windows give all passengers outstanding visibility during flight while large doors make boarding and loading cargo easier.”

In addition to offering flights for tourists, Bell says the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company will use the helicopters for point-to-point transfers from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, charter flights, and wedding photography.

Booking details and availability have yet to be announced. Those looking to book a flight should contact the Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company’s tourism service.

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