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Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End May 08, 2006

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Another early morning, we stumbled across the road from our hotel for the 'free' breakfast. We had a minibus which took us for two hours to a drop off point where we had time to go to the toilet then onto a larger bus, already pretty full. A further three hours on the bus and we were there.

We stopped at the tour office for lunch, and were immediately met by touts. We had a drink and spoke to an Aussie who had been here before. We decided to stay at the same place he did 2km down the road. Turns out the bus would drop us off on the way which saved us a long walk or a scary ride on a motorbike with our packs. The place is nice and clean and cheap. Dropped our bags and went to explore the 'resort'. It turns out they have built all the way to the high tide line, so the water was at the stairs - no walking along the beach unless you want to swim!! We ran into Anna and Sven, a couple we met on the Mekong Delta trip and they told us all about Mui Ne, arranged to meet them for dinner and we went exploring.

Walked about 2kms down the road and ended up booking a tour for the next day. Also went looking for an ATM but found that they are closed on the weekends so then we had to find somewhere to change travellers cheques. Walked back along the beach as the tide was out a bit and the sun was going down. Had some drinks on our 'beach' and watched the sun set. Had a nice dinner and some more drinks then called it a night and went to bed.

The next day we ended up getting a motorbike the 2kms back to the internet cafe to do some more updating. The bikes aren't too bad as there are no corners to worry about and it's not that far. Only thing to watch is when the driver decides to take off in front of a huge truck - best to just close your eyes and hold on tight! Got picked up at 2pm for our tour and it turned out the guide didn't speak a word of English, the first stop was the fairy stream and he said to us 'walk' and we tried to establish where we were going etc and weren't getting anywhere so we asked him to take us back to the office, which he did but stopped along the way to speak to another driver and they ended up swapping vehicles, so we had a new driver who also didn't speak a word of English. So at the office we complained and then we got an English speaking guide with us. No problems and we were on our way, decided to skip the stream and went straight to see the fishing boats. Then headed to the Red Canyon which was another disaster because the guide didn't know where he was going and the pathways were blocked. Turned out they'd been blocked so people had to pay and for us to see it we had to pay more. We went to the sand dunes next, which we were supposed to be at for sunset but we were 3 hours early. Had a walk around and talked to the kids trying to get us to go sandboarding, then we went back to the office and made a complaint and got half our money back - slightly too easy but whatever! Spent the afternoon on the internet then had a nice dinner and a few drinks in a restaurant right on the beach. Early night as we have an early bus in the morning!
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