14.08.2013 - 15.08.2013 35 °C
So Yesterday we were up crazy early for us, 6am as our bus was at 7.15am. We gathered our things half asleep, checked out and went for some much needed coffees. At that time in the morning makeshift street stalls set up selling Bahn My sandwiches and coffee. We sat at one of the tiny chars and table at the end of our street and had a lovely cup of sweet coffee and a bahn My sandwich, a baguette filled with three types of pork, pate and herbs. It brought us round and we waited for our bus to pick us up from our hotel. It arrived at 7.45am and took us to our bus. We had been allocated seats and the bus was really nice, another sleeper bus but with nice leather seats.
The journey to Nui Ne cost us $7 and took around 6 hours with a stop off half way where we bought some fruit to munch on. it was really comfortable and we both slept for a bit, read and daydreamed out of the window.
The bus dropped us off at the north end of Mui Ne, a few kilometre off from where we needed to be. We walked a bit further on way from the touts and flagged down a metre taxi which took us to the place we had picked to stay for 35,000 dong. We are staying at Heip Hoi Resort for $13 a night and it is beautiful. It is right on the beach, we can hear the sea from our room and the whole place is spotless and really nice. We settled in and decided to go for some lunch, we walked down the road and went to a place called Joes. We sat on the beach front eating lunch and having a beer. The rest of the day was spent having a wander down the road and sat at beach bars eating tea and having more beers.
Mui Ne consists of one main road running parallel to the beach. On one side is beachside restaurants and resorts and on the other are more shops, restaurants and hotels. The beach is narrow but very long and has beautiful fine sand. There is hardly anyone laid on the beach and it is windy so is full of people surfing and windsurfing out at sea. It is a lot quieter than Nha Trang but we really like it.
Today we woke up in our beautiful room very happy, opened the doors and windows to our balcony and could hear the sea. We went for some breakfast at our hotel and came back to our room to do some planning. We sat on our balcony and booked our flights to Sri Lanka and India, applied for our Sri Lankan visa and did some research on our Indian one. That took until lunch time. The rest of the day we spent walking on the beach. We walked on the sand, paddling in the sea all afternoon.
The beach has gorgeous sand and lots of beautiful shells scattered amongst it.
We walked until the sun was going down and then we sat in a surf bar and watched the surfers and wind surfers catching the waves. Because of the winds the sea is quite rough but it I still shallow quite far out. Walking in the sea breeze was lovely, just what we wanted from Mui ne.
For tea we went back to Joes. The bar is quite nice and they have live music on every night. We fancied something from home and ordered big cheese burgers.... they were awesome, the best burgers in our eight months away and we sat and talked over beers.
Mui Ne is not really what we expected but we actually really like it. It is very touristy which means it is hard to find nice cheap food but the beach is beautiful and our place is a little home from home. We are planning on sending a few days here, visiting the sand dunes and having some beach time until we go to our final stop in Vietnam, Saigon.