17.08.2013 - 19.08.2013 33 °C
After our long day on the sand dunes we made the best of our last couple of days in Mui Ne and relaxed. Our original plan was to travel to Saigon on Sunday but we were unable to book the bus so decided to stay another night.
Saturday we had a beach day, after a breakfast of smoothies, sandwiches and watermelon on our balconies we packed up our things and walked onto the beach. Our beautiful view of the beach from our room has been hampered somewhat by a huge digger and a dozen massive concrete tubes, we can only assume they are extending the hotel onto the beach but all they are currently doing is making a mess. We navigated the digger and the 10 ft deep holes it has made and walked out of sight further up the beach.
We found a nice place to sit near some trees so we could take shade whenever. We settled in got some sun, and read our books. Most of our time was spent watching the kite surfers though. It is windy on the beach and the sea is choppy, but it is still picturesque (minus the digger) and wind keeps you cool. There are plenty of places offering kitesurfing lessons and even more that seem really good, flying across the water and doing tricks in the air. We sat watching it for ages. It is not something we are particularly interested in but it was entertaining.
We went in the sea for a while but Chels was a bit of a whimp because of the waves and would only go out as far as her knees. Liam tried to coax her out further but she was having none of it. After we had had enough sun, and the sandblasting was getting a bit too frequent, we retreated to a near by bar. We carried on reading our books, watching the surfers, and chatting over a few cold beers, before heading back.
Apart from one night we have been to the same restaurant/bar everyday in Mui Ne. Joes. Basically it is the only place that seems nice. It has a good atmosphere with chilled out live music and the food is not the cheapest but is some of the best western stuff we have had in a while. Saturday and Sunday night were no different, they even do cheap cocktails, whisky and buy one get one Gin and Tonics, so we have treated our selves one couple of occasions.
Sunday was a bit different, Chels had not slept well and had seemed to come down with some kind of cold, we just think we may have had too much sun being out all day for the last two days, we decided to have a day off. We went out for breakfast before coming back to our room and flitting between balcony and inside, watching TV on our laptop and giving Liam a much need haircut, as well as packing and researching our next stop.
Today we got up bright and early to come to Saigon. The bus picked us up at 8am and we got downstairs early to squeeze in breakfast before hand. The bus as cost us 125000 dong each through our hotel. Liam was sure he has read in the guide book that Saigon is three hours from Mui Ne. We fell asleep pretty much straight away on our bus. The rest of the journey was passed reading and day dreaming out of the window. For once though we have got lucky as the bus dropped us off in the centre of city, rather than a bus station 10km away from where we need to by like what usually happens. Even better we were slap bang opposite one of the hotels we had researched. All the accommodation seems to be a bit more pricey here than everywhere else, so we have ended up paying a little more than usual. We had being given a couple of tips from friends but after a SIX hour bus ride, we did not have the energy to walk the streets. We are paying £12 a night, the includes breakfast and the room is nice. For that couple extra pound a night everything is just that bit better than normal. We have a fridge, tv, plenty of storage, a bath that Chels as already laid claim on and the first clock we can remember being in our room.
Once rested up after our journey that took twice as long as we expected, we will go for a little explore and something to eat, we spend three nights here so will have two full days sightseeing before moving on to Cambodia. We also have a few days left on our visa so if we like it here we have the option to linger. We just have to be in Bangkok by the 7th of Sept.