26.12.2011 - 30.12.2011
26.12.2011 – This morning we caught our bus to Mui Ne. It left just after 8am and we arrived around lunch time. We grabbed lunch in a café called ‘Joe’s Café’ right near where the bus dropped us off while we worked out a plan for accommodation. Chris and I had only taken small day-bags, but Laurence and Tess had brought their big backpacks, so we asked if we could leave them at Joe’s while we wandered to find accommodation. We walked all through the centre of town, finding plenty of places that were fully booked, or too expensive. Eventually we began to head out of town and eventually found a place called Saigon Cali, just after the fairy stream/river about 6km out of town. It had large rooms, a beautiful swimming pool and we were about 10 steps from the beach for $25/night.
We caught a taxi back into town to pick up the guys backpacks and had dinner at one of the BBQ grill restaurants near the beach. The food was delicious, freshly cooked and very tasty. Back in a taxi and back to the hotel, where I bought 3 mangoes for $1 from a street stall which will do very nicely for a beach snack tomorrow :o)
27.12.2011 – Today is beach day. Nothing more. We lay on the beach, beside the pool, in the shade when it got too hot. Went for a walk on the beach and grabbed lunch in a nearby resort (our place has no restaurant – it’s still being built). Read our books beside the pool in the afternoon and then ate biscuits and cheese while watching the sunset. Life is tough.
Tonight we had dinner at a nearby restaurant and booked a jeep safari trip for tomorrow morning to see the nearby sights. It’s a sunrise trip, so after our lazy day today we have to wake up nice and early.
28.12.2011 – This morning we took off in a jeep and caught the sunrise on the white sand dunes before heading to the nearby red sand dunes and fishing village. Afterwards we walked the fairy stream and red cliffs. By 9:30am, we were finished and back at our hotel for a late breakfast.
After breakfast we hired bicycles and cycled back into the centre of town. The roads here are really flat and easy to ride; you just have to keep an eye out for the moped drivers. We had lunch in town before riding back home and spending the rest of the afternoon on the beach watching the windsurfers and kite-surfers and working on our tans.
29.12.2011 – A few clouds today so not the ideal beach weather – but perfect for a sleep in! After yesterday morning’s 4:30am wake up, we were not waking up early today. We skipped breakfast and grabbed lunch nearby before walking our way down the beach towards the town.
The fishermen were getting ready to bring in their nets, so Chris and a few other tourists helped them as they dragged them in. They had thousands of little fish in the nets, as well as octopus, crabs and bigger fish. The little fish are used in the fish sauce that Mui Ne is famous for producing (and the smell that wafts around the entire town!). We helped for about 20 minutes before continuing our walk along the beach.
Tonight’s our last night in Mui Ne before we head back to Saigon, so we had dinner with Laurence and Tess at a nearby restaurant and then enjoyed a walk along the beach on our way home.
30.12.2011 – The sun is shining again today and we spent our last few hours on the beautiful beaches of Mui Ne before catching a lunch time bus to Saigon. We are pretty excited about our rooftop party tomorrow night and can’t wait to wear our new clothes! The bus journey took about 2 hours longer than we expected due to traffic and we arrived just in time to avoid a big storm and some heavy rain. Fingers crossed the weather is better tomorrow night!!!