we're at a beach again!
06.12.2009 35 °C
We’re now in Mui Ne, as would be expected. And it’s all as it was described: white sand beach, hot weather, warm sea. The only thing negative about the place is the wind, by mid-morning it is quite strong, blowing almost perfectly down the beach, so sun-bathing usually includes a sand blasting by the afternoon. It seems the wind is always here, which is why this place is famous for Kitesurfing and Windsurfing.
In fact, it is on the Asian Kitesurfing tour, and the whole beachfront is taken up by resorts, with a Kitesurfing school attached to each one. And actually, it is advertised as a Kitesurfing mecca in all the books we read. But we were surprised at the amount of people out there doing it! On the day we got here we walked out onto the beach, and discovered around a million (slight exaggeration) kites all out at sea, towing all levels of surfers behind them.
It doesn’t seem to be a cheap sport though. But I think I will have to get some lessons and see what it’s like. :o)
The bus ride to Mui Ne from Nha Trang was uneventful and easy – a quick 4 hour, 250km jaunt down the coast road, stopping for a break after 3 hours for some reason (keep going! we’re almost there!). The village of Mui Ne is actually a number of km’s up the road, the touristy bit where we are is a stretch of coast road that has been developed on both sides – expensive resorts (with Kitesurfing schools) on the beach side and not so expensive guesthouses on the land side. We’re on the land side. :o) It’s a nice place, either really new or just refurbished, but has no amenities: no internet (have to use free WiFi in bars and restaurants, terrible isn’t it?), no breakfast, no ticket/tour booking service. Just a bunch of rooms with air con if needed (for an extra 2 USD a night? no thanks! ha ha!) and hot water, TV and fans. But they do also have electric flyswats! The BEST invention since sliced bread for killing mosquitos! If you don’t have one, go get one now!
Nearby there is not much to do: some big sand dunes are around for sand boarding and a large reclining Buddha is somewhere near. So mostly we will just sit on the beach and relax. And learn to Kitesurf. And save money (we’re a little over budget due to flights). And get our tans back.
It’s a hard life.
That’s all for now