There are very few cities in the world that I have been to and absolutely fallen in love with, but Mui Ne is one of those cities. There is something incredibly alluring about a city that has such beauty. Mui Ne is a sparse costal town, best known for kite surfing but with some breathtaking sights and authentic Vietnamese food. While we were staying here we took the opportunity to relax and unwind a little. But the beautiful thing about travelling is you never know where you might meet people. For anyone coming to Mui Ne – Joe’s Café is a great place to stay, run by a friendly Canadian (Joe). Right on the beach with a pool it has a very resort feeling which was perfect for relaxing, it also has the benefit of being the party place to go in Mui Ne.
The best way to get around Mui Ne, like most of SE Asia, is by scooter. My first time on a scooter was in Saigon, and that was a baptism of fire – fortunately my tour guide instilled enough faith in my ability to jump on just 2 short days later and ride around the costal town. When you are travelling you never know what is going to happen and when it does you just have to go with it. Literally as we were getting ready to go we met a couple of French girls keen to join us for the trek out and no sooner had we negotiated a rate for another bike we met an English trio who wanted to jump on with us and head out to the dunes. Special shout out to them as it was my first time riding, let alone taking passengers but a reasonably conservative scooter ride later and we were there!
First sight to see on the list were the red sand dunes – amazing dunes of sand that seem to
go on for miles. There is always someone selling something to tourists over here – at the dunes it was plastic sheets with rope attached toboggan style. We were able to see the sun set over the dunes which was a beautiful sight to behold!
One thing that we are all enjoying while we are hear is how cheap the food is, and how good the street food is. A trip to the market saw us enjoy a Seafood feast with some of the freshest seafood that I have ever had in my life, with a few 60c beers (60 Australian cents!!!) to wash it down was the start of a solid night of partying. It is always fun teaching drinking games to new friends and trading travel stories.
A very subdued 2nd day in Mui Ne was exactly what the doctor ordered relaxing by the pool, watching the might Dees get up for their first win of the season was unbelievable, and while this is not a blog about football – there is a lot to be excited about even so far from home. Nothing says lets celebrate a win like a few drinks and a relaxing swim.
Later that evening we ventured off to get our very own BBQ goat, that we cooked on the table in front of us, another amazing meal, for the ‘exorbitant’ price of $5. We also took a chance to try some locally brewed Vietnamese beer – there is something fantastic about buying 2 jugs of beer for less than half the price of a single glass at the bars back home.
Dragon Club is apparently where the party is at – or at least where every sleazy kitesurfing
instructor is at…but when the price of a bucket is a bargain $10 for more vodka and red bull than $150 buys at home – you get around it. What turned into a brilliant night out partying was capped off by a late night swim, and falling asleep by the pool, being woken up by the sun, just in time to see a spectacular sun rise.
Our next stop is Nha Trang, another beachside tourist destination, but it was tough to leave – between my buddy Josh and I we started thinking about how we could live in Mui Ne, learn to kite surf every day and live the lifestyle over in Vietnam while doing what we do. Definitely something that I could get excited about – watch this space!