North of bustling Ho Chi Minh, the fishing villages of Mui Ne and Phan Thiet offer a countryside charm quickly drawing in the tourist scene. Walk along the beaches and catch the warm sunset, and you’ll fall in love right away. The white and red sand dunes are a must-visit and provide a unique scenic appeal. Behold vibrantly colored boats and sit down at one of many restaurants to get your fill of fresh seafood—with Phan Thiet’s famous fish sauce. As the only area in Vietnam where hot air balloons are permitted, you might even catch a few floating overhead. Get around by bike, learn to kitesurf in this hotspot, and discover what makes this locality an up and coming leisure destination.