Mui Ne, Vietnam 4th - 8th January 2008
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Our journey to Mui Ne was probably our best yet in Vietnam. We booked through a tour company called Sinh Cafe which has offices everywhere we've been and they are definately the most honest and reliable we've come across. The bus was clean and almost new with reclining seats and fully working aircon which is always welcome. Not only that but we were given a goody bag with water, nuts and a handwipe in it. The journey took about four hours and once there we were actually dropped at the agreed place which also happened to be a Sinh cafe owned resort which at USD35 was a bit out of our price range. We decided to have lunch at their restaurant before begining the hunt for a room.
Mui Ne is a bay 10km long, with sandy beach stretching 10km or so from one end to the other.
It was much hotter here than in Nha Trang and the weather was kinder to us too, we woke up every morning to blue skies and calm waters and as the morning wore on the wind and therefore the waves picked up to give us a nice sea breeze every afternoon. The temperature dropped back most evenings and we were treated to some beautiful cloudless night skies, giving us the opportunity to gaze at the stars and try to spot constellations. One night there was a power cut for about 10 minutes and the stars without the light pollution from the resorts were even more amazing.
We found our new favourite bar on our first night. It's called Pogo and is beautifully set up. There are several hammocks and a couple of the round basket boats typical to Vietnam set up as swing chairs. They have mats out on a sandy area with bean bags and low tables as well as more traditional tables set up for eating and drinkers not yet ready to lounge around. We ended up going several times and the food was excellent on every occassion.
Most mornings after our breakfast we took a stroll down the beach before the sun got too powerful, had a drink at a beach side bar or resort, a swim in the sea then a leisurely stroll back up the beach for a swim in our pool before escaping to the shade. Our afternoons were mostly spent reading and snoozing in the comfort of our air conditioned room before emerging for a beer and a couple of games of backgammon while we watched the sun set.
We're really not big fans of the mopeds that are the staple form of transport here and have steadfastly refused to use the Xe Oms (Motorbike taxis) so far as we've seen far too many westerners with lovely scars and cuts up their legs and arms for our liking.
We might have mentioned in our earlier blogs that a new law requiring the wearing of helmets came into force in Vietnam on 15th December. It seems that the standard of helmet was omitted from the law as Adam's had a non adjustable strap that hung around his chest and Steph's was only just a little thicker than paper.