Fairy Springs and Dunes of Mui Ne

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Hoa Bien Bungalows

Flag of Vietnam  , Kon Tum,
Friday, February 11, 2011

Michelle is one tough cookie. Up before all of us and already cracking jokes about her stitches! We witnessed a terrible car and motorbike accident and couldn't believe that no-one was badly injured as the motorbike was in pieces. Vietnam has thrown us some crazy experiences already and we were looking forward to Mui Ne, a chilled out surface town. 

After arriving late the previous evening we found accommodation at one end of town, which is spread out across one road 6 miles long adjacent to the beach. Woke up in our bungalow around 9.30am at Hoa Bien Bungalows. It was one of the cheaper resorts with no backpackers, just a few Vietnamese holiday makers. We caught a taxi to the town area and had breakfast in Lam Tong, recommended by Lonely Planet and were surprised at how cheap it was. Mui Ne is well known for its high seas, surfing and other water sports which we were able to admire from the seafront of the restaurant

Due to our limited time in Vietnam we booked a night bus for the next day to Hoi An, along with a jeep to pick us up at 5am and take us to the white and red sand dunes of Mui Ne in time for sunrise. We went for a walk starting at the base of the Fairy Springs. This involved walking bare foot upstream amidst deep red sand dunes and rice paddies. We climbed a few pinacles and Jamie climbed to the top of the dunes, a steep scramble with impressive views. Jamie and Lara also had a ride on an ostrich towards the end of the journey (one for the diary). 

Later that evening we ate at Joe's Art House Cafe, a lovely western run restaurant with live music and comfy sofas to relax and enjoy a beer.

After about 3 hours sleep we got up at 3.30am so that Lara and Michelle could prepare themselves for a photo shoot on the sand dunes. Fullt kitted out in outfits and extreme makeup, we sleepily jumped into the jeep and after a bumpy 40 minute ride we arrived at the white sand dunes for sunrise. Picturesque, with the odd smattering of litter (like everywhere in Vietnam) Jamie had a go at sand boarding, essentially sledging on sand. Lara then had a go, but hit an invisible bump and went flying off landing hard on her shoulder. Winded of her dignity, she plodded back up the dunes to recover. After the white dunes, we went to the red, which was a lot busier with the locals.

Back at the bungalow, we packed and chilled out waiting for our bus. Lee had a close encounter with Green Tree Viper (Slightly poisonous) as it wrapped itself round his leg without him realising, but it continued on his way to his relief. The bus arrived and we were on our 17 hour bus journey to Hoi An.

12/2/11 27 quid
13/2/11 18 quid (including 8 for the jeep ride)

Bus to Hoi An: 24 quid (for both)
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