Vietnam to host int'l hot air balloon festival

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Vietnam's first-ever international hot air balloon festival will be held in the central resort town of Phan Thiet from August 29 to September 3, VnExpress reported Tuesday.

According to the news website, 30 balloons of various shapes, including a golden cat and a dragon fruit, will be operated by pilots  from countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Thailand.

The performances were scheduled for 6-7 a.m. and from 5 p.m. each day of the event.

Other parts of the festival will be air sport performances, including paragliding and kiting, the report said, adding that a night performance of over 20 big air balloons to celebrate Independence Day on September 2 will be another highlight of the event.

Organized to celebrate the 67th anniversary of Independence Day and the 20th anniversary of Binh Thuan Province's foundation, the festival's scale will be equal to that of other similar events in the ASEAN region, organizers were quoted as saying.

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