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Vietnam: Mui Ne – The Most Beautiful Sand Dunes in Southeast Asia – VIDEO

Published: 10.5.2016
I have always longed to see a large desert with sand dunes. However, neither in Europe nor in Southeast Asia (the places where I spend most of my time) is one. Once I first saw pictures of Mui Ne, Vietnam I knew for sure that I want to go there. Okay, it is not a desert per se but sand dunes there are huge.

4.40! I want to turn the alarm clock off and forget I have even decided to wake up so early. And I paid for this. No, this is the actual reason I am here – the sunrise at sand dunes . Get off the bed quickly, brush the teeth, take both cameras and hurry into the jeep that is waiting for us.

Shy half an hour later of traveling in wasteland we get at a small car park. Several jeeps similar to ours are parked there and some more have been coming. It is starting to be daylight therefore we set off for the majestic dunes. It is not easy to walk in the sand. My legs sink into the sand which hurts my insteps. But I don’t care. I don’t want to miss the sunrise.

 sand dunes  sunrise above the dunes

A group of about 40 people stands on the top. I arrive last. But still on time. Strange purple-ish morning sky makes the entire scenery to look like in some fairy tale. The heart of the photographer is in thrill. The fireball of a sun rises above the sea bit later and it casts its rays over the dunes. Too bad the Vietnamese have been driving tourists around on noisy four-wheelers.

 Vietnamese still ride with tourists around východ slunce nad dunami

Had the driver kept me waiting I would have stayed for couple of hours watching the beautiful vista. MY desire to see true deset became even stronger. I think I will travel across Africa when going home from Asia…

On our way back to the city we made a stop at red dunes. And then we made another stop at fishermen’s village. It seems that morning hustle is about to end and people are about to get back home. Our plan states that we have about 10 minutes before moving on. However, I want to stay and thoroughly explore the village, which reminds me of another reason why I hate organized tours. Moreover, I am becoming hungry. It takes me several minutes to somehow explain the driver I am not coming with them. Thus, with my friend I stay in the village. We can easily get to the hostel as a bus drives through every half an hour.

 villagers  villagers

My intuition was not mistaken. Everybody are stopping by for couple of minutes. Villagers are not accustomed to tourists. We have delicious Pho Bo for breakfast. Meanwhile kids are taking pictures of us with their mobile phones. Indeed, we are taking pictures of them as well. Bit later we drink coffee and observe Vietnamese playing highly popular Chinese variation of chess - Xiangqi.

being an attraction at the fishermen’s village  villagers

I am fascinated by boats which look like bowls. Fishermen use them to get to their fishing boas and back. I can’t comprehend how such a “round” boat can sail straight and not turn endlessly around. It seems they know some special trick of sorts.

round boats used by fishermen

We hop into the bus which is headed to the river called Fairy Stream. We get off our shoes and jump in shallow, warm water. Then we enter the canyon similar, yet smaller, to the one in Arizona. I try to climb one sand dune but my feet hurt from heat so much that at the middle section I return back to the stream. A small waterfall is at the mouth of the canyon. There is also a lake where fish swim and bite legs of passersby. After this short pedicure we return back to the start. On the beach we enjoy the amazing view of kite surfers propelled by the wind and on surfs hopping on the waves.

Fairy Stream

Luxurious grilled oysters and mussels, salad with raw fish and fresh coconut. Amazing orgy for your taste buds at cost of several crowns. I want this to happen more often. Where else can you buy a kilo of quality oysters for less than hundred crowns?

 sunset at fishermen’s village

At sundown we return to the fishermen’s village. This time we travel off the main road. There we are a true amusement. Locals can’t understand what are we doing there. A small boy demonstrates how he catches sand crabs and a group of small children is constantly asking us to take pictures of them. Meanwhile, fishermen have been taking seats in their round boats to hunt the food at night …

GPS: (Fairy Stream) 10°57'03.8"N 108°15'23.5"E

 

Text, photo, and video: Matouš Vinš

Music: Kai Engel



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