Picture perfect postcard views, relaxed vibes, good company, delicious eats and a night on the town made up of Mui Ne magic was just what the doctor ordered, the doctor being Neil.
BUSES MAKE FUN PLACES TO SLEEP, SO DO BEDS:
When we booked a bus to Mui Ne we figured it’d be a standard bus, instead we were treated to a “sleeper bus”. Our five hour journey from Ho Chi Minh was very comfortable in our wee top bunk beds – the guy in front put Castaway on his laptop so we watched over his shoulder, who doesn’t love a bit of Tom Hanks? Turns out these buses are everywhere and super affordable – it cost us 130,000 Dong ($8NZ) to get to Mui Ne.
Last minute, we booked a hostel called Hoang Nga Guest House as the Backpackers Village was fully booked. We were pretty happy with our second choice, it was a nice place with clean facilities, a good common area and air-con. The receptionist, Tom, was also a really chilled out dude who gave us a discount on the scooter we hired and did us a huge favour when I left my shoes behind, what a muppet! I didn’t realise they were missing until we were about a 15 hour bus ride away, we called him and he organised them to come up via bus – they arrived the next day! I was very relieved and Neil very amused – don’t think I’ll be living that one down for a while.
MUI NE MAGIC:
On our first day in this lovely quiet beach town we meet another couple in a small eatery, Chantelle and Paul. The English/Scottish duo had also quit their jobs to travel for a year, we immediately hit it off and soon enough we were having a few drinks by a beautiful fishing village during sunset, bliss.
That night turned into a big one.
We shared some rum and coke back at the hostel and meet a couple of Norwegian girls who talked us in to going to the Dragon Beach Club with them. What a spot! Beds on the beach with tables in the middle and a dance floor behind.
We grabbed a shisha and a few drinks and all was lovely until one of the Norwegian girls came over to us in a panic. Her friend had smoked some of the locals shisha and wasn’t looking so flash. When you order your own shisha you wait at the bar and watch it come over – it’s safe. When a local calls you to have some of their’s, it generally has something other than flavoured tobacco in it – we found out later they had laced it with crack. Needless to say, Chantelle and I played big sisters for the rest of the night and everyone was kept safe – mum always said there was safety in numbers! Poor girl was very sick though.
The next day Chantelle and Paul joined us on a DIY scooter tour. We started at a down town market in Phu Thuy, it was interesting to see how the locals sell and buy things.
There was a lot of smelly fish and meat and heaps of flies, a bit different to the local supermarket! It was really hot though so we didn’t last long there before we wanted food and air-con. Joes cafe was a sweet place to stop with some delicious local cuisine – I can’t get enough of it.
Once we were full we drove to Fairy Stream, ankle deep clear water flowing over red sand surrounded by cliffs that make it look like a mini Grand Canyon, magic.
This was my favourite place in Mui Ne and it’s totally free.
We followed this with a quick drive to Mui Ne’s red sand dunes for sunset, Neil took some amazing photos here while we all played in the dunes.
We finished the day with a quick look at Malibu beach which looked amazing, although it was dark. We had a drink and walk along the beach before grabbing some food and hitting the sack, we slept well that night!
We had a great stop in Mui Ne, two nights was definitely enough as even though it’s beautiful, there’s not a hell of a lot to do there! The next morning we caught a bus up to the mountains of Da Lat – another beautiful spot! Stay tuned for that one!