I have arrived in the tiny beach resort location of Mui Ne courtesy of a 250km bus trip from Nha Trang and my initial thoughts are – what have I done? What possessed me to choose to come here? What a disaster!
My bus has stopped at what appears to be a resort and we are motioned that this is our drop off point. I have no idea where I actually am in relation to Mui Ne’s town centre (if there is such a thing). We didn’t pass through anything that looked like civilization.
I look in puzzlement at some others who have also disembarked. Some seem as confused as me, while others appear to be looking for the resort’s office to check in. It appears to be a nice resort that we have been deposted at and it does occur to me it could be an easy option to just check in here for the night, but I have no idea where I am. I need to get my bearings and find the town centre and the beach, which I know must be around here somewhere.
The bus has gone and I decide to walk back up to the resort’s gates and the road, where the bus first entered through. There are two guys standing at the gate, one seems to work for the resort (I think). The other I am not sure? After some basic greetings in my best Vietnamese, I ask them where I am, hoping for no smartypants answer like “Mui Ne”.
I am told I am about 6km from the town centre. The guy who doesn’t appear to be working at the hotel/resort offers to ride me on his motorbike. I am not sure if he is a motorbike taxi or just has some time to kill (hopefully not me). I consider for a minute that this ride could be my last but the Vietnamese people on the whole have been pretty honest and very good to me so far so I agree to his offer to ride me into town (for a price of course). He takes me into centre, which you would miss if you blinked and to just beyond centre to some accommodation. After a quick look at the accommodation I return to the bike guy and he agrees to take me to look at some other accommodation options, to hopefully find something suitable (and affordable).
After a couple of “thank you, but no thank you’s”, I stumble across the Suoi Tien Mui Ne Resort on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street (the street off which most of the accommodation is situated).
This resort has little bungalows for $28 a night which are charming, come complete with mozzie net and are on the “sea side” of the street which means it has direct access to the beach. There is also a restaurant next to the sparkling blue pool which overlooks both the beach and the pool. “I’ll take it!”.
After the usual check-in process is complete, I take the opportunity to book my onward bus trip to Ho Chi Minh City through the resort’s reception which makes life simple. So, with my bus booked for the following afternoon and only the remainder of today and tomorrow morning to enjoy the area, I do the obligatory dumping of the backpack and head out up the street to check out what seems to be the main drag and grab some lunch.
The single main street which runs behind all the resorts of Mui Ne is sufficient to find food and buy a tee shirt (should I need a new one) or certainly some beach gear. I find a perfect little spot for lunch before heading back to and through my accommodation (using the direct beach access) which is my starting point for a long leisurely walk along the beach.
The sandy beach itself is lovely, wide and long and well serviced by the backs of many resorts.
Fortunately for me, there are few people visiting at this time of year and the beach is pretty much my own.
Once back at my accommodation, I pull up my own pool lounger, order a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful vista and the peaceful location that is Mui Ne.
Mui Ne is such a peaceful, beautiful resort beach, perfect for honeymooners. As for me… an early night under my mossie net and some texting to Alex who is sadly back home in Melbourne… a poor substitute but it will have to do.
I have enjoyed the peace and quite and of course the beach air. This is my last stop before the chaos that is Ho Chi Minh City.[showmyads]
For next Vietnam post see Mui Ne, Vietnam and the fishing village, white and red sands and Fairy River
For previous Vietnam post see Vinpearl Island / Vinpearl Land / Vinpearl Amusement Park – just take the means of conveyance to the large scale facilities