Beaches and Birthdays and Character Assasinations

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Leaving Nha Trang in the rain, we didn't hold out much hope that Mui Ne was going to be any different in terms of weather as it is only 250kms further south. It was raining when we left and after two hours sleep it was still raining. Bums, we should have gone to Da Lat.

When we arrived after sleeping most of the way we were pleasantly surprised. It was not raining, looked like it hadn't been raining and the best bit was it didn't look like it was going to either. Result. Sod Da Lat.

As T was going to be 24 (yeah right) the next day we thought we should make an occasion of the whole thing and splash out on accomodation. Ok so $25 is not really splashing out, but by our standards it is. For this we got a room with air con, Satelite TV, hot water, sea view and a balcony over the lawns. Oh yes, we were living it up for a change.

We spent the next 5 days idly passing the time people watching and character assasinating, a passtime that had long been forgotten. We were able to assign nicknames and decide on what these people were when they are not annoying us by walking past. It was a fabulous few days. The results were as follows:

1. Geek Boy
A kite boarder who was too tall and spent 5 days fighting with his kites and getting his "Beach buddy" to follow him more or less the full 14 kms of the beach, to help him take the kite down and walk back to start again. He had all the kit, still shit.
2. The Calorie Controllers
They controlled their calorific outgoings by just eating and sleeping in hammocks all day. Nice work.
3. Beauty and the Beast
A german couple she was quite pretty and he was not and moreover he had high altitude shorts.
4. Fat Fighters
A group of people who met at a weekly support group who then decided to go on holiday to Vietnam. They also decided to take a similar route as us through the country. There was nothing wrong with them, they were just eveywhere we were.
5. Fatty
Simple but effective. This one was T's favourite. She was Canadian and spent 5 days trying to learn how to ride a kite board as well as trying to ride a kite board instructor. She didn't manage either.

We also found a new genetic disorder. This affects women of two ages 18-25's and 50+. It's called Need to Talk Syndrome or NTT. We first noticed it when a group of french people sat next to us on the beach. They just talked incessantly all day. Obviously about nothing and obviously without any real need.

On the bus out of Mui Ne the existence of NTT was confirmed. There was an American woman who, out of the seven hours on the bus she was only quiet for 20 minutes. "Look at them just standing in the door ways", "Look, a wedding", "I wonder if they know where America is" for 6 hours 40 minutes.

Anyway, Mui Ne was our favourite place in Vietnam. Just for being so relaxed there. We could have taken trips out to see some of the surrounding area, but we elected to walk all 10yards to the beach and stay there all day. On someone elses list we would have been number 2 (see above).

Big Love

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