Mui Ne to Lien Huong

Sand Dunes Outside Mui Ne

Sand Dunes Outside Mui Ne

But wait a minute; I thought Vietnam was all jungle??

Today was the greatest day on a motorbiking in my life. It was spectacular for these reasons: landscape, solitude, variety, and the physical and mental challenges it presented.

There is a quick route from Mui Ne to Lien Huong. I didn’t take it.

Google maps says to get on the A1 and head north. Everybody knows the A1 is the least desirable way to travel Vietnam for reasons of traffic, the lunacy of truck drivers, and unpredictable construction or road conditions. Besides, the last time I took Google Maps advice, I ended up in a Vietnamese Prison. Continue reading

Mui Ne

Big Hotels of Phan Tiet and Mui Ne

Big Hotels of Phan Tiet and Mui Ne

Mui Ne and the surrounding communities of Ham Tien and Phan Thiet are….well…in a word……“contrived”.

Phan Thiet is a respectable town in it’s own right. However, it does boast a laundry list of high-end resorts, a severe and growing bent towards tourism. The buildings and community on the beachfront look like any other beach destination in the world.  Thing is….there are a lot better places to go if this is what you are looking for.

And the 60kms of beach to the south of it are all under development similarly.

In a word, “contrived”. Continue reading