2nd Helicopter Tour of Betong

The other side of the road is Malaysia.
Betong town.
It’s so beautiful…

Lately, I had the opportunity to join an helicopter tour again. Though it was my second time, it didn’t keep me from being a little nervous while very excited at the same time.

This time, the tour was mainly for the Municipality photographers to take some nice pictures of Betong, to keep picture archive for brochures, development proposals and presentations.

The helicopter was a smaller “open air” helicopter. There were seven passengers, i.e. two pilots, one flight assistant, two photographers, the Mayor and me. As the helicopter was “open air” type with two side doors opened, safety was very important and thus the flight assistant had to make sure that we were properly seated and belt tightened properly.

As soon as we were safely buckled into our seats and the assistant satisfied with the safety precautions, he gave the pilots the thumbs up. The pilots deftly lifted the helicopter and we were off on a magical flight. Both sides of the doors were left open and therefore we could experience and feel the air and had a completely unobstructed view of the beautiful Betong.

The two photographers were busy taking the pictures of the various buildings, construction sites, schools and so on. The helicopter soared in a way to give convenience to the photographers to take pictures of the town. As I was sitting on the other side, most of the time what I saw was the lush greenery.

The weather was fresh after raining. The first ten minutes of our flight was clear and gorgeous, after that it was drizzling and get pretty cooling in the air, with the open doors. It was a diverse feeling on top of the mountains in the drizzle.

The view was amazing, with tropical forest, waterfalls, vast area of rubber plantations surrounding Betong town. The layers and layers of mountains were particularly beautiful! I wish I was a poem or if I could write this in Chinese, then I could better describe the view and express my feeling!

The helicopter/The highest building in Betong-the 25 storey Merlin Hotel, expected to be completed end of this year

A Malay Village/View from top

Layers of Mountains/Hey, Mr. Mayor, it is dangerous!

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