Sahara of Vietnam

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Mui Ne, Vietnam - Arriving to the chilled out beach area of Mui Ne took only five or so hours! I compare it to Punta del Diablo in Uruguay, where backpackers head their instead of the touristy Punta del Este, or Nha Trang in Vietnams case. I have no booking but the bus stops outside a smart looking guesthouse and for $8 I get my own room with fan, tv, wifi, bathroom, I didn't realize at the time it was a 30 minute walk away from the main strip of Mui Ne. The helpful owner who spoke zero English booked my ongoing bus ticket for me and was happy to offer me credit while I went in search if an ATM. 

After a short rest, I headed out to find an ATM and lunch. I seemed to walk for ages, and kept going and going. After 30 minutes I found an ATM and quickly picked a sea food lunch. I ordered tuna but quite clearly didn't get tuna. Nevermind, it was delicious. On the walk back to my guesthouse, I took a walk on the white sand beach and marvelled at the wonderful pristine view,

Later on in the afternoon, I took a dip and sat on the beach for a while watching the sun slowly set.

That evening, I made the mistake of watching Remember Me, again. I last saw it on a flight from Jakarta in 2010 and, well, it's pretty sad. Next door to my guesthouse was a busy street restaurant, I sat and ordered and didn't see how many annoyed and frustrated Russians there were!! It took an hour for the spring rolls to come out then another hour for my fried rice. I wasn't fussed, I sat and listened to 606 on my speaker and let the night drift by!

When I look back, I think I was actually staying at Phan Thiet which was very near to Mui Ne. Mui Ne is famous for it's fish sauce and sand dunes! I sampled the fish sauce but not the sand dunes. The town offers a variety of tours but seeing as I have seen sand dunes in the Middle East, I was happy to skip another tour. 

Next day I caught an early bus back to Saigon. I sat next to a cool German guy called Sebastian and we were joined by a cool Canadian couple from BC, Jodie and Graham. We chatted most of the journey although near the end Seb and I discussed football for a couple of hours.

It turns out Jodie and Graham were on my flight to Bangkok so we left our bags in Sebs hostel, booked a taxi to the airport and enjoyed a beer and food on the streets of Saigon! Our taxi was late so I gave the hostel kid, who had an awful attitude, loads of crap. We were running late. It turned out our flight was running late too!! Three hours late. We grabbed some food from a Singapore restaurant and the Canadians listened to me waffle on about my stories! A great couple, hopefully see them again in southern Thailand or BC. 

Flight eventually left and I headed back to Bangkok.

Next stop, Bangkok, again!!
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The Other Brother on

That tuna looked more like Cat and I don't mean cat fish!

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