Travel Diary: Mui Ne, Vietnam

 

I learned about this town only a few days before going to Vietnam, when my friends and I were planning for the itinerary. This photo diary has long been overdue (translation: two years!). Nonetheless, I am sure the spots we visited are still top tourist destinations today because they were nothing short of beautiful.

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From Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), we were fetched at our hotel in Bui Vien Street by someone from the bus company that’s taking us to Mui Ne. It was my first time to ride on a sleeper bus. I really liked it; I was asleep the whole time. Haha

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Before going into the bus, see to it that your bags have been properly placed in the trunk. When we arrived in Mui Ne, there was one traveller who lost his luggage. It seemed like it was left behind in Saigon.

We left Bui Vien Street at around 8 AM, and arrived in Mui Ne a bit past lunchtime. After having lunch, we walked to our hotel, left our bags and started with the adventure.

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No better way to explore the town than with this jeep! We booked this tour together with the sleeper bus tickets when we were still in Saigon.

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First stop — The Fairy Stream! Leave your shoes or slippers in the jeep, wear a hat if you like, but never ever forget the sunscreen!

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This is my friend, Wana. Anywhere you look, there’s a potential photo backdrop.

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After reaching this part, we had to go back to the jeep to see more of what Mui Ne has to offer.

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Fishing is the community’s major livelihood. That’s why there were seafood restaurants everywhere.

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And I thought this sight is only seen in the movies…

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Too many interesting distractions on our way to the White Sand Dunes…

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What a beauty! The area was so vast and different from the earlier fishing village; I felt like I was in another country (not Vietnam or the Philippines, hehe).

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Sliding from the top of a sand dune is a common activity. Slides were available for rent. I was really nervous about this!

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But we had fun.

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Lots of it, obviously. Haha!

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Before the sun completely set, we made sure to visit the Red Sand Dunes. The sand was not really red, as you can see. It was also less of a tourist attraction.

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But this couple seemed to really enjoy the view…

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Went back to the hotel to change clothes…

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From the hotel, we just walked to find a place for dinner and ended up in Sindbad. This is the best chicken shawarma I’ve ever tasted (until now, nothing compares).

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We had breakfast at the hotel, where they served the worst spring roll I ever tasted in my life. It was like they didn’t even know how to soften the rice paper. #tragic

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From the hotel, we rode a taxi going to Poshanu Cham Towers.

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It’s a park with a number of towers like this one.

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Did you know that the pink “petals” are actually leaves?

We rode a regular bus to go back to the hotel (#LikeALocal). We went back to Saigon to explore a bit more and stayed there until the next morning, then we headed to Cambodia.

What’s your next target destination in Southeast Asia?

Rach

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