Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Relax at Muine Beach (7-9 July 2008)

Monday, 7 July 2008
From Saigon we went to Mui Ne, a beach village about 200 km from Saigon (5 hours by coach). The bus depart at 07.55AM and we reach Muine at 13.00PM. The bus only stopped 1 time for rest room.

The bus driver will send the passengers to the hotel/resort that they booked. Just make sure that you know what is the hotel/resort name, so the bus driver can drive you right in front of the hotel. Otherwise is not easy to walk by yourself to look for your hotel.

In Mui Ne we stayed at Tien Dat Resort. We paid U$42.00 for 1 room 1 night, including ABF breakfast. The resort is quite nice. The room is big and clean. Behind the resort is the beach where we can play in the sea water when the wave not so strong.

If you want to, just walk a few hundred meter from the hotel and you can learn Kite boarding or just walk on the white sand.

A lot of eating place (even Ice Cream) located opposite the hotel. Also some travel agent if you want to visit some sites and attractions around Mui Ne.

Prepare the sunblock, as the sun is quite strong and burning. For travelling around the village, you can rent a motor bike for VND100,000 per day (24 hours). We rent motor bike to go around. We went to visit Red Sand Dunes, Mui Ne Fishing Village, White Sand Dunes and Fairy Stream. More information about Mui Ne with its attractions can be read at this website. Better visit the sand dunes early in the morning (before 10 AM) or late afternoon (after 4PM), as the sand can be very hot in the noon time. At Red Sand Dunes you can try the slide by renting the plastic board from the local kids. Just prepared to pay more, eventhough originally they agreed with VND10,000 for unlimited slide.

We watched sunrise at Red Sand Dunes. You need to reach the Red Sand Dunes before 5.30... because you still need to climb the dunes to get better view. From Red Sand Dunes we went to Fishing Village, where the local people do the business of seafoods. We bought about 3kg scallops and shellfish (price VND50,000) plus more than 1kg crabs (VND130,000). When we reached White Sand Dunes we asked one of the people there to cook for us with the cost VND40,000. Quite a good bargain for fresh seafood.

Some restaurant/eating place along the main road serve local vietnamese food with quite reasonable price (about VND20,000-50,000 per person per meal).

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