Vietnam recently launched a new attraction for tourists with a head for heights, with the opening of a glass-bottomed bridge suspended 150 metres (490 feet) above a lush jungle. The Bach Long pedestrian bridge, whose name translates to “white dragon”, in northwest Son La province snakes around dizzying cliff faces before spanning a dramatic valley between two peaks, hitting a total length of 632 metres (690 yards).
“I think all is great. Stepping on the bridge and looking down was scary at first, but if we continued confidently, it is very amazing.” said Nguyen Thi Trang, a visitor.
“At first when I stepped on the glass surface on the bridge, I was a bit nervous, but it is totally safe. When we walked on the bridge, it was not shaky at all.” Vu Van Hung, visitor also said.
The floor of the bridge is made from French-produced tempered glass, making it strong enough to support up to 450 people at a time, while giving them a spectacular view of the greenery in the gorge far below.
The company that created the bridge says it is the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge, surpassing a 526-metre structure in Guangdong, China. Officials from Guinness World Records are expected to verify the claim next month.
Vietnamese tourism chiefs are seeking to lure visitors back after two years of COVID-19 shutdowns that kept out virtually all foreign travellers. In mid-March, the country ended quarantine for international visitors and resumed 15 days of visa-free travel for citizens from 13 countries.