The perfect place...
Trip Start Feb 28, 2012
40Trip End Nov 22, 2012
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LP, to its credit, did say this is a non touristy beautiful place but that there's nothing to do or see and you should only use it as a stopping point.... all pretty much true except that it aint just a stopping point, its an amazing place. I have never been anywhere so...perfect, its like the place you want to have grown up at and lived.... everyone is so friendly, it has a beautiful beach which it seems EVERYONE goes to after work and in the evening; families, young couples, the elderly... they are all there first chance after work, the beach is packed with Vietnamese all in the sea (fully clothed as usual!), playing beach football, volleyball etc and just all having a good time
I only had one day here unfortunately so i spent the day from about 1pm when i arrived on a bicycle looking around and when searching for a Pagoda a young girl asked if i needed help and in true Asian style cycled with me to find it and then showed me round for about 40 minutes! She spoke little English but i guess she wanted to try and practice. There's a photo of her and some shaolin monk i met there too. After that i went to the night market, had a good look around and then headed back because i had to head back on a long trip back to saigon but had to stop at Mui Ne again because i had left a load of my clothes on the washing line outisde when i left! So next day i took a 10 hour trip to Mui Ne and arrived at about 3am, collected the clothes, and then just wandered the streets..but on looking for something to eat i saw a security guard at a hotel and asked if i could have a drink and a snicker i saw in the fridge there but the padlocks were on but he asked me in and sat me down, speaking no English and brought me a flask of hot water and his own pack of dried noodles and made me a glass of Vietnamese Tea too (green tea)... i knew how to say 'delicious', 'thank you' and 'goodbye' and i was on my way but how nice was that?! Further on a found a local food stand/cafe open no doubt for the start of everyone working because the Vietnamese, more than anyone else i have met, are just mega efficient, doing all kinds of jobs and all the time too, i mean, if you get up early and go outisde thinking you might see the odd person then your totally mistaken because the minute the sun comes up its like The Truman Show and the streets just packed and the same as any other time of day>
The person asleep on the street side isnt so strange now, i have seen it loads in Saigon, basically people work and instead of going home they just crash out overnight, probably having worked late and starting very early and since its very safe here and good weather, why not just crash out outside work.... people sleeping here is amazing; i had some good pics from Cambodia of people crashed out but i could have some beauties from here too, especially the motorbike taxi drivers asleep on their motorbikes; i gotta get a photo to show you but they lay with their head at the back on the seat edge and have the knees bent over the handle bars, balanced but sound asleep and even on a noisy, busy main street edge.
Anyway, after my moment of luxury i caught the bus back to one of my most favourite places so far...Saigon...