The first-ever hot-air balloon festival in Hoi An City began on Friday morning as part of the activities commemorating the central Quang Nam Province’s hosting of the National Tourism Year 2022.
The festival is organized by Danang International Terminal Investment and Operation Joint Stock Company, in collaboration with Quang Nam Province’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Hoi An City People's Committee, and SG Chien Thang Export-Import and Investment Company.
|Colorful hot-air balloons at the festival at Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on March 25, 2022. Photo: L.Trang / Tuoi Tre|
Since 6:00 am on Friday, the hot-air balloon control teams have gathered at the Hoai River Square in Hoi An Ancient Town.
A dozen hot-air balloons have been mobilized for performances during the festival, attracting a large number of tourists from across the country.
The organizers will exhibit 17 colorful hot air balloons of various shapes and sizes along the Hoai River bank for visitors to contemplate and take pictures.
|Visitors gather at the hot-air balloon festival at Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, on March 25, 2022. Photo: L.Trang / Tuoi Tre|
The hot-air balloon rides are available from 6:00 to 9:00 am and 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday and 6:00 to 9:00 am on Saturday during the two-day event.
In particular, 'Dem hoa dang' (Lantern Night) program will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, during which the balloons will be inflated and transformed into giant lanterns.
Furthermore, a 'thung chai' (Vietnamese basket boat) shaking game will take place on the Hoai River, adding to the vibrant atmosphere created by a series of activities and events.
|The hot-air balloon control staffs check on the hot-air balloons before performances. Photo: L.Trang / Tuoi Tre|
|A banner commemorating the National Tourism Year 2022 was being attached to a hot-air balloon. Photo: L.Trang / Tuoi Tre|