Hot air balloon rides are now available in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province, for tourists to admire the stunning view of the coastal port city from above. Phan Thiet is the first place to be selected for the service run by Vietnam Balloons flight operator. Depending on the wind direction, the journey starts either from the centre of Phan Thiet city or close to infamous white sand dunes that mark the driest place in Vietnam.
Flights from the city centre begin with the hot air balloon gently carrying visitors over the buzzing streets of city and river where small fishing boats rest in the rising sun. Visitors have a chance to approach the seashore, and if the winds are favourable, the balloon will even fly over the sea itself.
Flights over white sand dunes allow visitors to be lifted off in a rural area where they see farmers working in the fields and cattle grazing. The Mars-like colour of the landscape soon shifts to white sand dunes with a shining diamond in the middle: a desert lake.
The one-hour tour is available from 5:00 – 9:00 everyday and is priced at VND 7 million (USD 310). For more information, log on to www.vietnamballoons.com.