Vacation from our Vacation

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Jan 23, 2010

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Flag of Vietnam  , Nin Thuan,
Monday, October 5, 2009

As the Aussie's put it, "We need a holiday from our holiday". That is what Mui Ne is for us. It is our vacation from our travels. All of this traveling business can be more exhausting than having two full time jobs. We decided that we absolutely love Vietnam, so we are going to stay here for about another 10 days and cut our trip to Cambodia a little bit short. We will actually extend our time in Siem Riep by one day, but just cut out the trip to the south of Cambodia. It was going to be a pain for us to get there and we have read a lot of mixed reviews about it so Mui Ne it is. For $64 a night, we are staying at a resort on the beach of Vietnam, with very few people. Yes, $64 a night is a rip-off here, but very well worth the expense. Imagine a very touristy beach in Hawaii, like Waikiki, but take away 95% of the tourists and lower the prices to about 1/10th of what they are in Hawaii, and you've got Mui Ne. 
We haven't really done much of anything here but relax. The coastline is absolutely beautiful! There isn't really any surf because the Philippines block any swell that might be coming this way, which I was bummed out about. We did however get a massage one day. The girl who was massaging Tara was a tiny little Vietnamese girl who was actually a lot stronger than she looked, says Tara. My girl, on the other hand, looked like a Vietnamese kickboxer. I think she said her name  was named Bruce, or Moose... either way the name was fitting. First thing she had me do was strip to my boxers and lay, face-down on the table. She then covered my midsection with a towel and then reached underneath and snapped off my boxers and flung them across the room before I could register what was going on. All I could think was "Oh God, I don't want one of those kinds of massage!" Then for the next hour, I felt like I was in the ring with Tyson. Needless to say I was unprepared for the kind of deep-tissue massage that I received. After we were done, we gimped back to the hotel room, feeling paralyzed, and cried ourselves to sleep. Tara is still sore from her tiny-girl-massage, but I assured her that I am in much more pain from my Moose-massage.
Overall, we really had a great time here in Mui Ne. We took a short tour to see the different colored sand dunes and rented pieces of plastic from the locals to slide down them. It was actually a lot of fun! We also met a really nice English couple, Bob and Angela, and spent several evenings having beers and dinner with them. The nightlife in Mui Ne is the only part of the city that could be better. There wasn't really much going on after the sun went down. Luckily, we were able to find possibly the best and cheapest restaurants in town the Dragonfly. So we ate lunch and dinner there almost every day. It was interesting though because instead of using salt, like we as Americans are used to, they use a different kind of salt; MSG. It is on the tables here right next to the napkins and pepper shaker. That is probably why we kept going back to that particular restaurant. We found ourselves waking up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat, with a craving for some MSG-packed food. Mmmm-Mmmmmm.... delicious!! Tomorrow we are getting on a bus that will take us back to Saigon (HCMC). We will probably stay at least one or two nights there and then get onto another bus that will take us to Siem Riep, Cambodia. It is going to be a very long trip!
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