is one of those imported recreations that seem to have
caught on quickly in Vietnam, and many of the countryís
beaches now offer you the opportunity to hitch yourself
to a parachute. Among them is Hon Tam (silkworm island)
Resort in the beach town of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.
a deserted island more than a decade ago, Hon Tam is
now one of the most-visited sites in Nha Trang thanks
to its turquoise sea, crystal-white beach and beautiful
no wonder that Vietnamese and foreigners alike flock
to the islandís Hon Tam Resort. The weather is right,
the scenery is interesting; and there are plenty of
fishing from a boat at any time of the day, the more
adventurous pastimes are parasailing, jet skiing, water
skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and diving.
is among the top choices of many travellers. A ground,
similar to a landing pad for helicopters, is designed
especially for this bold game at Hon Tam Resort.
registration, you will get a life vest, and some fundamental
lessons and quick tips on how to parasail. The learners
are told to be as relaxed as possible and not resist
being pulled up in the air even if they are initially
ground assistant will help you check the harness before
takeoff and before he takes his position, holding the
opposite sides of the sail open.
the boat driver receives the signal that everything
is ready, the driver begins to slowly accelerate to
tighten the slack line, while you and the ground assistant
take a few steps forward with the rope.
assistant holds the guiding lines to help the sail fill
up with air. When the rope is taut, you should take
a few long strides, but not try to help in the lift-off
process by jumping or pulling up your feet as this will
goes faster than you may think. Within seconds you are
air-bound, and after another few seconds you are high
in the air, getting a chance to view the bay from above.
driver may go as fast as 60 kilometres an hour, and
you may fear that the rope will suddenly give way, and
you will fall into the sea. But donít worry because
the life vest will help you float even if you canít
swim. An emergency boat also stands ready to save you.
parasailing trip takes around 15 minutes. Then the driver
reduces the boatís speed to allow you to land gently
back on the ground.
winds push you away from the beach, you may land in
the water, but even then some assistants will arrive
immediately to help you take off the parachute.
you have never parasailed, try this service at least
once at Hon Tam Resort, as long as you donít have a
heart disease or high blood pressure, in which cases
doctors recommend not to parasail. The cost is VND 150,000
for 15 minutes. (SGT)