After a fun night in Saigon, we headed to Mui Ne with our friends John and Catherine (aka the GKs)We had arranged a car through our resort to take us on the 4hr trip! The price wasn’t bad since we split it 2 ways but if you are looking for a cheap option, the bus is always better!
For the 1st three nights we decided to stay at a fancy resort! The resort was on the edge of town and far from the main strip. It did have a nice pool and beach front. However the drinks were overpriced and service medium. I guess we can’t handle fancy things! On Wednesday, we rented a scooter and explored the area! We stopped for coffee and later met up with the GKs for lunch. Since it was Christmas Eve, we planned to have dinner together at our resort later that night. After lunch we rent to the Forester Spa for massages. This place is great! It’s right on the beach and you can hear the waves as you get a massage. Jason and I both got relaxation massages. This was Jason’s first full body massage…lets just say he didn’t like it! After the massages I was feeling good so we decided to meet the GKs for drinks at Pogo. Pogo was also right on the beach and had big beds to lounge in by the water. We had some drinks and watched the sunset before headed to our place for Xmas eve dinner.
The dinner was advertised as a BBQ. You paid according to what fish you picked. Jason and I went with crab and lobster, because it’s Christmas! The grill was a bit unorganized at first with people’s food everywhere! Thankfully one of the guests was able to translate for us and tell the chefs we wanted garlic butter! The food was tasty, but there were hardly any sides and the drink service was incredibly slow. Overall the company and atmosphere made it worth it!
On Christmas Day, we relaxed by the pool and called our families. The GKs came over later and we played beach soccer and volleyball. We then decided to get lunch and play tropical mini golf. It was so fun. After what was obviously a rough day, we decided we needed foot massages! We picked up some wine and went back to Forester Spa. For the foot massages you set in beach chairs by the water! It was getting dark so it was a nice way to finish the day. For dinner we ate locally at a fisherman restaurant called Bo Ke. We shared a red snapper which was very tasty!
On Friday, Jason and I had to move hotels. We checked out at 11 and took a taxi to the Mai Am Guesthouse! We also had to get a new scooter. Jason got a scooter while we waited for our room. The new place is amazing and cost about 75% less than the resort. Plus our room faces the water. Jon and Catherine stopped by and we had lunch at Jibes. Jibes is a restaurant and kite/windsurfing school. It was fun to watch all the people on the water. For the rest of the day we split ways and relaxed on our porch. We planned to wake up early to catch the sunrise at the sand dunes.
Today, we woke up at 4:30 am and scooted across town to meet John and Catherine on way to the dunes. We traveled about 25k on the scooter to reach the dunes by 6! The sun was rising and to our amazement there were already tourists on 4x4s there. We parked our scooters and started to hike. The sand dunes are very pretty. It was nice to go so early because there were less crowds and it wasn’t blazing hot! Afterwords we headed back to town and decided to find a pool to lounge at. We decided to check out the resort right next to our place called Ocean Pearl Resort. After many funny conversations we finally paid $5 and were in the pool.
Tomorrow Jason and I head to Nha Trong via 5 hr bus 😩. Then we head north via motorcycle!
Mui Ne has been a great relaxing place. It is easy to get around and Perfect for escaping the busy city. You can easily stay and hang out on the cheap.