Mui Ne and Nha Trang
03.01.2009 - 08.01.2009 25 °C
If you're like us, when you think of Vietnam, what first springs to mind are green rice paddies, dense jungle forest and muddy rivers. So we were pleasantly surprised by long white stretches of sand and deep blue water we came across along the east coast.
After leaving Saigon we travelled for 6hrs by bus to Mui Ne. Mui Ne is Vietnam's next big beach resort which not too long ago was just a sleepy fishing village. Alot has changed. No longer can you walk or drive along the coastal road and admire the ocean. The beachfront is crammed with hotels upon hotels, the only positive point is that they've built them quite tastefully without a giant high rise in site.
Remaining fishing port in Mui Ne
Once you're on the beach standing infront of these hotels, you have the most magnificent stretch of beach to admire & walk along. As it was the rainy season when we were there, the ocean was quite vicious and the sea breeze was even wilder. This made the sea difficult to swim in, however the conditions were ideal for the hundreds of kite surfers who had arrived on its shores. Against the grey backdrop of the sky was a striking picture of colourful neon kites.
Kite surfers on Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne Beach on a calmer day
A Miami like sunset in Mui Ne
Not only has Mui Ne got a great beach to keep you busy, beyond it's immediate boundaries are various natural attractions which just keep on surprising you. The best way to explore this part of countryside is by hiring a jeep and using the knowledge of a local guide.
White Sand Dunes
Red Canyon near Mui Ne
Kate walking the 'Fairy Stream'
Our next surprise along the East Coast was Nha Trang, the premier beach town in Vietnam. We had heard more about Nha Trang but wasn't sure what to expect. Unlike Mui Ne, Nha Trang has been on the tourist map for awhile. Nha Trang is far more developed and has the high rise buildings we dread but the beach is gorgeous. Thankfully we found a nice corner of town, a friendly guesthouse and Louisana Brewery Restaurant to spend our time in. The brewery not only served us up nice beer & food, it has a prime position on the beach and has a beautiful pool for customers to use.
Nha Trang Beach
Kate on Nha Trang Beach
Louisana Brewhouse pool
As we were further north, the weather was changing day by day for the worse. We only managed to get two sunny days on Nha Trang beach before accepting defeat.