If there’s someone asks you about the impressions that you got from your Vietnam Tour, your answer may be the markets, the conical hats, fish, coffee, and… sand dunes, how unbelievable it is, right?
Well, you may be really curious how there can be sand dunes in such tropical country like Vietnam, where almost all 4 seasons in the year is raining season, right? That’s the unique attraction of Mui Me.
That’s right. There are sand dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam. And not just your run of the mill dunes – I’m talking about big, bright red dunes that can make you feel like you’re crossing a desert. And you can even see the sea from them – so surreal, right!
Sand dunes in Mui Ne
There are actually 2 sets of dunes you can visit: one red, one white. They’re both easy to get to on a motorbike. Imagine that you’re on the sand dunes in Mui Ne, what could you do? Well, you can jump in the dunes, you can run down the dunes, you can get pummeled by sand when the wind picked up – it will definitely be the highlight of your day. There are swarms of local kids at the dunes renting out mats that you can use to go sandboarding if that strikes your fancy. I was pretty content just chillin’ at the dunes, so I opted not to.
You can also make a quick stop at the Fairy Stream, which none of us knew a thing about beforehand – but it actually ended up being pretty neat. You can wade ankle-deep through a chocolate-colored stream in what felt like a jungle tunnel, which soon opened up to a blue sky.
The drive along the coastline is really awesome! You can see how the fishermen has a bunch of eel out to dry in the sun, can smell the unique smell of the sea, can listen to the waves and of course can get some beautiful tan skin.
Mui Ne is a top kite surfing destination – on any given day, you’ll see the beach dotted with kites. I would have LOVED to have tried it out, but I couldn’t justify the price. Especially since you really need several lessons just to land a successful ride. If I’m going to spend a few hundred dollars on lessons, I at least want to walk away knowing how to kite surf. I definitely couldn’t have said that after just one lesson. Still, it was really fun to watch the local instructors surfing – they were zipping across the water and doing flips in the air.
Kite surfing in Mui Ne
Mui Ne may be known for fishing, but the restaurants there have a lot of exotic meats on offer. My delicacy of choice? Frog legs! They were quite tasty – kind of like chicken (are you surprised?). This kind of food is said to be one of the top nutritious meats that will be really helpful for someone who needs to gain weight.
Frog leg is an amazingly tasty food that I’ve ever tried
So, sand dunes, kite surfing, frog legs – get yourself to Mui Ne! It is definitely one of the highlights of a trip to Vietnam.
Besides, the beach in Mui Ne is also the one of the best beaches in Vietnam.