Sand in all of the crevices.

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We left Saigon on Monday morning for Mui Ne, we actually had bit of luck as we paid for our Saigon hostel as when we checked in we told them we were going to stay for 2 nights when in actual fact we'd stayed for 3. They only charged us for 2 when we came to pay our bill, so we got back pretty much the money they'd stolen from Raywood, haha. The bus journey was uneventful, a little minibus with three other western couples, two of them were half western men half asian girl. One of the men was huge and really unattractive and the small asian girl was stunning. We raised our eyebrows.

The bus at Mui Ne dropped us off coincedentally right outside where we'd decided to stay so that was easy. The place is really small, which was quite a relief as the last few places we've been were all cities. It's just one road, mostly with resorts all down the beach side and restaurants all down the other. Our place was nice, one of the few cheaper places on the bach front, we got a room and when you walked out the door you were pretty much in the sea. Was nice but the room wasn't A/C'ed so every morning we couldn't sleep past half 7 as the sun came in and made it an oven.

We didn't do much the first day we were there, went to a bar on the way to finding another bar which turned out to be a lot further away than we thought so didn't reach it, and the one we did go in was dead so they kept giving us free stuff like garlic bread and cocktail shots to keep us there. Didn't work so well as we didn't stay that long got a played some pool but the free stuff was good.

The next day we spent sunbathing and chilling out. Got a bit bored, read a lot. Had an expensive dinner, wandered around and booked a sand dune thing for the next day. On Wednesday we got up early and went to the meeting place at 8am, they then took us in the oldest jeep in the world, first to the Red Dunes where we did some sand sledging, was awesome but there were thousands of kids who really wanted to do stuff for us and give us sledges and help us use them and then charge us loads for it. Oh well such is the way. Climbing up sand dunes was knackering though, plus we got covered in sand which was particularly painful on my (EW) lower back which was burnt from the day before. Next we went to the White Dunes which was much nicer, plus there was only 1 child instead of thousands trying to get us to "slide down". Got some pretty awesome photos there, and we didn't manage to break any cameras with sand! Next we went to the Red Canyon which was ok I guess and then the Fairy Stream where there definitely wasn't any fairies, I was very unimpressed with it.

We got back to our hotel at about 12 which was checkout time so we had the quickest shower as we had brought half the dunes back in our clothes then we chilled for half an hour and got some lunch whilst waiting for our bus. The bus to the next place Nha Trang took about 5 hours and we saw an awesome sunset on the way.

So that's about it for Mui Ne entry, was an awesome place and was very nice to chill for a day or two, Nha Trang is party town apparently so I'm sure you'll hear tales in the next entry.

Loads of love and kisses
Emmas xxx
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