Opened last week, Friday, for the international tourism, the Bach Long pedestrian bridge – meaning ‘white dragon’ in Vietnamese – situated in the northwest’s Son La province is a glass-bottomed overpass suspended 150 meters above the rainforest, a 630-meter walkway conveying visitors across the Mộc Châu Island Mountain Park and Resort, is now the world’s longest glass-bottomed bridge expected to be confirmed by Guinness World Records. The floor of the bridge is made from tempered glass and can support up to 450 people at a time. It was made of three layers of super-tempered glass panels from French specialists Saint-Gobain. Each panel is 40 millimeters (1.5 inches) thick and clear so visitors can look at the valley floor below.The company behind Bach Long said it put the bridge to the test by having heavy cars and trucks drive over it.
Traffic on the bridge flows in only one direction. “When standing on the bridge, travellers will be able to admire the beauty of nature,” Hoang Manh Duy, a representative of the bridge’s operator said. Vietnamese tourism chiefs are seeking to lure visitors back after two years of Covid-19 shutdowns.The country ended quarantine for international visitors and resumed 15 days of visa-free travel for citizens from 13 countries. Vietnam’s tourism department estimated that COVID-19 could cost the country $4 billion in lost tourism in three months.