My chill out time in Vietnam was set to continue as I made my way along the coast to my first stop of the two beaches I would be visiting. The first was Mui Ne. The bus journey from Ho Chi Minh City was a short 4 hour journey and conveniently it stopped right outside my accommodation for the next couple of nights Mui Ne Backpackers Village. I highly recommend this hostel.
This was again, something that was becoming a regular thing on my travels a great choice for accommodation. It was set in a complex of an L-shaped two-storey building with a swimming pool and a thatched roof bar area if you needed to take a break from the sun loungers.
This was the perfect place to begin my downtime in Vietnam. Mui Ne itself isn’t a particularly big place and the beach proved to be very disappointing if I am honest. I spent a bit of time walking through the dusty road that passes through the small town and looped around coming back along the beach. The beach itself was nice but it is more for water sports than it is for swimming and relaxing.
Certainly a area to unwind in though enjoying a coffee or beer whilst listening to the waves crashing on the sand. Most of my time was spent in the hostel where days were spent laying on the sun loungers, headphones on and a cheap beer in hand. The hostel even put on a turkey dinner in honour of Thanksgiving, which certainly put a smile on my face as it was something I had missed considerably whilst being on the road.
My final night in Mui Ne I got chatting to a young couple from Bristol named Alex and Ollie and enjoyed drinks with them and their friends Katrina and Rachel. Meeting these people in Mui Ne would mean crossing paths again later on in my trip and certainly some of my highlights.
After getting their contact information the following morning I took the bus onwards from Mui Ne to Nha Trang. Again this was only a short journey of around 5 hours or so and after a nap I woke up in the evening darkness in the much larger tourist city of Nha Trang. Here I would be spending a further two nights continuing my rest and relaxing on the coast of Vietnam.
I chose to stay in a place called Min Hostel, which is located centrally to everything that is going on in Nha Trang. The hostel is run by two girls and I can’t rate this place highly enough. They were helpful in giving you advice for what to do in Nha Trang and the dorm rooms were everything you need for a comfortable stay. As it was so close to everything it was easy to find a great pizza place around the corner and I enjoyed a large meat feast pizza before returning to the hostel for an early night.
As much as I like the beach I cannot spend all day there so I spent the morning of the next day chilling out on a sun lounger in the 30+ degree heat with my headphones on. Locals conveniently sell beer on the beach so I did not even have to get up for my refreshments. After 3-4 hours I took a break from the sun and grabbed some more Pho for lunch and took a stroll around the city getting some pictures of the beach and surrounding area in the sun as it was starting to cloud over. I returned to the beach later on that afternoon for a relaxing swim in the sea until it was time for the quick shower and change ready for the football kicking off at 7:30pm (It was Saturday after all).
My location for a full night of football was Booze Cruise, a sports bar that had become one of the main points of interest for the nightlife scene in Nha Trang. I took in the first football and then rugby game of the day before joining the American owner Jon and two British expats he was friends with for the Middlesborough vs Leicester game (They were all Leicester fans). The remainder of the night was spent enjoying beer after beer and the football that continued to be showing on the screens. My night continued into the early hours chatting in the bar before grabbing a quick bite to eat around 4-5am. I had a late afternoon bus to Hoi An the next day.
My time of chill time on the beaches of Vietnam had drawn to a close but it was now time to visit two places called Hoi An and Hue I did not have time to visit during my last trip to Vietnam. It had been nice to relax but I was looking forward to getting back to being busy again over the next 4-5 nights.