Very calm ride over Vang Vieng. In fact for quite a bit of it we barely moved. There were no issues with take off, or landing, or being near a power lines or trees. There were 6 of us in the basket, any more would have been too cramped.
We took the 6:30 trip, and did see the sunrise break through the clouds. However it is cloudy, apparently every day in the dry season (we visited April), so visibility into the distance is not great. It was great to get a different view on the town below though.
For the price, just $80, this was a bargain compared to what we can get in the UK. So for us it was a no-brainer, where else would we have this opportunity for this price. Something else ticked off the bucket list.
AFTERNOON or MORNING - Apparently afternoon trips have a higher wind speed than morning trips, so you might get to go further, or it might be a bit more exciting.
HAT - your head may get uncomfortably hot from the burners, so take a hat (the pilot wears one)