Helicopter trips open in Vietnam. (Source: baogiaothong.vn)

Hanoi locals and visitors can now enjoy helicopter trips to some famous destinations offered by the State-owned Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company.

Flights are operated to Ha Long Bay; Sa Pa; Trang An and Bai Dinh in Ninh Binh Province; and Mai Chau and the Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Plant (Hoa Binh Province) at 2,640 USD an hour.

This is the first commercial helicopter service in Vietnam's tourism sector; it was previously limited to the oil and gas industry.

Last August private carrier Hai Au Aviation launched a seaplane service between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, charging passengers 5 million VND (235 USD) for the 25-minute flight.-VNA