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Mui Ne-ski

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Mui Ne is the kite boarding capital of Vietnam and is home to one of it’s nicest beaches. It also boasts 363 days per year of wind, making the two flat calm days we were there a bit of a disappointment.





The beach and the surfers

Luckily, we were there for 3 days, so I did at least manage one day of kite surfing, a beginners lesson in fairness, but it was great fun. On the calm days we made the most of the beach, eating lots of noodles, drinking lots of smoothies and generally being grateful for the sun and 30 deg heat. This is in sharp contrast to the snow and ice that is currently shrouding Europe. Many times we sat there and said to ourselves “just remember this when we are back home”.

The other side to Mui Ne are the hordes of thick necked Russians. It is a popular spot for them, and all signs are in Viet, English and Russian. Jo has just about had enough of me cursing every time we pass one.

watching the coracles being towed back to port

Apart from the thick necked brigade, Mui Ne is actually famous for 3 things, the beach, some huge sand dunes and the Fairy Spring. Given that we had seen big dunes before, but never a fairy, we hailed a taxi and were soon on the bridge over the spring. We waded upstream until we came across a whole series of stunning red and white sandstone cliffs that had been eroded into weird and wonderful shapes. One downside is that we had to share it with other people (they obviously like nature as well as Vodka), and half way up shin deep in water we were told it was full of snakes. With this new piece of relevant information, we head up stream somewhat more carefully, eventually stopping at what looked to be the best area for kids to muck about in the alternating white and blood red sands. I went further upstream to explore, but more of the same; more rocks, more Russians. Time to splash back through the stream.

the fairy spring

Mui Ne is relaxing, but unless there is a load of wind, it is a pretty one dimensional sort of place. If you like kite surfing, you would love it here, and plenty of people come for 2/3 weeks from all around the world to tear up and down the surf with big kid grins. For us, maybe another time, but with light winds it was time to head for the train station and go north to Hoi-an.

no wind means more mucking about on the beach

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  1. February 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I’ve just bought a new surfboard to re live my youth!! Vietnam loos the place to go!!!

    • February 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Ian, You would love it.

      If you want to roll back the years and have a kite surfing buddy – let me know, there is a whole series of good beaches around Anglesea and I think I may just go and get some lessons!!!!!


  2. suzie ankers
    February 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Love the photo of the kids on the beach. Vietnam looks beautiful! Can’t wait to catch up with you all. Now when I make a mistake my kids all chorus “mummy you’re bonkers” and laugh hysterically for a good ten minutes! Thanks for that Theo!!!

    • February 27, 2012 at 12:34 am

      Vietnam is beautiful, only spoiler is the hawkers and sellers who are a real pain in the whotsit. Still, we will remember the place and not the hassles I am sure. We have found that the north is more picturesque and dramatic, but the south is more relaxed and friendly, so really there is something for everyone here and travelling around is pretty easy. – You would like it.
      We are currently staying in Hanoi in a hostel called May De Ville, it was the place recommended by Sandy from Samurai – she was right, it is lovely. Theo still behaving as normal i.e. trouble, but we can see him growing up quite fast at the moment – mummy is still bonkers though!
      Take care, love to you all,
      Alan & family

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