Travelling Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne
Trip Start Apr 14, 2008
22Trip End Dec 03, 2009
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A quick breakfast before getting onto our bus destined for Mui Ne. We have booked an open ticket which will take us to each of our next 4 stops for only US$16. As the bus arrived we realised that this was no regular bus, this was a sleeper bus, usually used in overnight hauls between distant towns and cities.
The journey was supposed to be a relaxed 4 1/2 hours, and there were only 6 people on the entire bus. This meant we could put our gear on spare seats and kick back. The sleeper seats meant that you dont really sit, so falling a sleep was easy, even though we had just gotten up after a long nights sleep
What would seem like a perfectly smooth bus trip all went sour around 30mins from our destination. The bus for some reason pulled over on the side of the road. At first we thought the driver was taking a leak, then the driver and assistant wondered over to a tin cafe and took a seat. We sat and waited for around 20mins before getting off a bus that had now heated to 30 odd degrees.
Still without explanation the driver and partner ordered their lunch, but had opened the back of the bus - so we assumed this was a staged break down. I headed down the desolate road looking for some form of food, as we had assumed no journey snacks necessary given the short nature of the trip.
Best i could come up with was a mango (cost 15c and tasted unreal) from an old guy sleeping on the side of the road. I hacked this up with my pocket knife. I also scored a box of 'chocolate biscuits' which were more like a sponge cake chocolate with whipped cream. These sat in a little cabinet besides a garage repairing scooters. The young girl had no idea of what price to charge me and had to write it down as there was no feasible communication between us.
These were dry and stale, mango did however save the day.
40 minutes later a guy on a scooter arrived with a large part in his basket. A few minutes banging around in the back of the bus and we were off - destined for some beach and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Arriving in Mui Ne was a little like arriving in a ghost town. Apart from locals saw maybe 30 other people, on a strip that has hundreds of resorts, bungalows and guesthouses. We got off the bus and were hoarded by the regular crowds for lifts, but decided to walk. We were following the instructions of the trusty Lonely Planet guide and 10 mins later found the guesthouse we were looking for. Owners along the strip were quoting $20 to $120 a night but we were sure we could find cheaper.
Hong Di guesthouse came in with the goods at $13 for a beach front bungalow. Nothing and no-one between us and the beach, catch was no aircon, fridge or TV, but a pretty good fan and hot water sealed it.
At first we were planning on taking the touristy day trip out to the sand dunes that the area is famous for, but later decided after doing the tour thing in a few cities so far we would just relax for the day.