It was a strange mix of friends and acquaintances that set of on Friday night. Scandinavians, British, an American, a wannabe be American, an Indian and several Vietnamese. All heading to the beach resort of Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province to celebrate our mutual friends birthday.
Kitesurfers hover around the beautiful surroundings of the clear blue sea and powder soft sand of Mui Ne beach – Photo: Greig Callan It was a strange mix of friends and acquaintances that set of on Friday night. Scandinavians, British, an American, a wannabe be American, an Indian and several Vietnamese. All heading to the beach resort of Mui Ne in Binh Thuan Province to celebrate our mutual friends birthday.
The journey to Mui Ne was uneventful, long, tedious and peppered with more cliches than an American Hip-Hop artists back catalogue, dear god, it certainly wasn’t ‘awesome’. However we arrived safe and sound at our hotel just after midnight and the group headed off in search of a late dinner.
Rising early, I took the opportunity to take a walk along the virtually deserted beach, the narrow sliver of golden sand extended as far as the eye could see from our centrally located hotel. The constant wind which drives the waves crashing onto the deserted beach is not only a welcome rest-bite for sun-worshippers on the beach or on the hotel sun-decks that hug the coastline, but also makes Mui Ne a popular location for Kitesurfing, sailing and jet-skiing. Mui Ne itself claims to the Kiteboarding centre of South East Asia due to its year round waves and the lowest rainfall in the whole of Vietnam and it could certainly be a valid claim, with kiteboarding schools dotted along the shore line and no shortage of activity on the waves from dawn until dusk.
Returning to the hotel in time for everyone else rising we enjoyed a pleasant morning by the pool at the Sunrise Resort Hotel before heading to one of the many popular seafood restaurants serving fresh oysters, squid, clams, snails all washed down with a few ice cold beers and the sound of the waves crashing against the sea wall only meters away.
As a popular tourist resort, especially with Russian holidaymakers, there is an abundance of restaurants, shops, markets, bars and nightclubs which cater for your every need. However, Mui Ne is not a compact seaside town as the only road runs parallel to the beach with most of the hotels and restaurants sandwiched between the two spreading the resort out over several kilometres following the beach along the coastline. However there is an abundance of inexpensive taxis and motorcycles to get you around easily enough.
The evenings entertainment started with a more upmarket dinner at the Sailing Club restaurant which offered a variety of international dishes served in plush surroundings, which was enjoyable without being outstanding before heading off to the beautifully decorated and stunningly atmospheric Sankara Beach Lounge and restaurant for a few beers and cocktails.
The final stop of the night was the more down at heel DJ station, where the drinking and somewhat suspect dancing continued into the small hours.
By the end of the evening, there fined moves on the dance floor had evolved into dancing like a chicken and by then we all knew it was time to bring the night to an end.
By Sunday afternoon we were all back on the bus and heading back to HCMC and as the rain started on the journey home, the clear blue skies and golden sands of Mui Ne were fast becoming a distant memory. Until the next time.