Travelers usually rave about Vietnam’s magnificent natural beauty, rich culture along with unique traditional lifestyle from North to South. Furthermore, by motorbike or on tours is the typical way most travelers choose to discover those features.
However, there is alternative transportation to get a splendid bird’s eye view of the stunning landscape. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly, to feel nothing but the air beneath you and wind taking you on a journey? Of course, you have! It’s everyone’s fantasy dream as a kid, but with paragliding, it’s as close as you get a real thing!
Apart from 280km from Hanoi, Mu Cang Chai – a mountain district of Yen Bai province is designated as one of the best places for paragliding in Vietnam Mu Cang Chai offers a brilliant view with vast terraced fields. the rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai demonstrate the ingenuity of the human hand in the mastery of nature creates the unique beauty that captivates the heart of all travelers. To reach Mu Cang Chai, you will pass Khau Pha Pass, one of Vietnam’s 4 most hazardous passes at a height of about 1,270m ASL. According to the evaluation of both domestic and international pilots, Khau Pha Pass is one of Vietnam’s 4 best destinations for paragliding, in terms of weather conditions as well as natural and human landscapes.
Tips for safe paragliding
A canopy parachute is required for the purpose of paragliding in Vietnam; and with the help of wind and gravity, the person can keep sailing for a long time. But the take-off and landing are considered to be the most difficult parts and thus cause the maximum number of accidents.
- You have to be equipped carefully to fly. This will include wings, harness, variometer, radio and global positioning system, etc. Just consult your instructor for detailed paragliding guide about the equipment and take his advice before buying any of them.
- The weather is the most important thing. Never go for paragliding in Vietnam when it is raining or under any other bad weather conditions. Never fly when the wind measures more than 25-30 mph speed-wise.
- Be careful with the place where you will be practicing. You should not run on a slope of more than 15 degrees to take off as it will create problems in controlling the balance. Just clear up obstructions so as to avoid accidents at the time of taking off. If you are required to run on a slope, speak to your instructor for any doubts.
- Most accidents are observed at the time of landing, thus the landing site should be clear. In case of emergency landing, try and look out for trees. No doubt they will hurt you but will also reduce the risk of fatality.
- Always carry a sharp object, like a knife, as it will help you in an emergency if you are entangled in wires.
- Take all the safety gear in order to be safe at all times. Helmets are especially compulsory as a head injury can be fatal.
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