I’ll tell you a secret. We never go to the beach at home. As much as I love it, my E is terrified of sharks. And I mean terrified. Funny thing is she’ll sit back and watch Shark Week on Discovery Channel every year, feeding her fear, and I suffer with lack of beach visits. The realities of being in a relationship, haha. But when we arrived in resort town MuiNe on the fourth leg of our Vietnam holiday she couldn’t resist the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Score!
MuiNe is predominately a beach side tourist area five hours by bus from Nha Trang (you can read about my visit here). The coastline is jam packed with fancy resorts, bungalow retreats and health spas, all connected by the glorious glassy ocean. The sand is littered with shells and stones, and it is definitely ideal for those looking for a fuss free, relaxing holiday. Besides the chill out factor, MuiNe is also the extreme water sports go-to in Vietnam and although we would have loved a ride on a jet ski, we were not paying the $75US fee per hour. They do know how to the get the tourists though!
After the bustling vibes of Ho Chi Minh and Dalat, we were grateful to continue the “holiday” part of our holiday… sleeping in late, lying on the sand under an umbrella and generally having a much needed rest from the usual fast paced lives we lead! Our resort (yes, we chose a more expensive hotel for MuiNe) featured a water puppet show, one resident cat, a restaurant serving luxe Vietnamese cuisine, pool and day spa and the most comfortable bed on our trip to date. And how could I forget the outdoor bathroom with resident lizards watching your every private moment. Plus our breakfast was served beachside. Um, now do you see why I was so relaxed?
Besides sleeping in and lazing around, we did manage a bit of a stroll down the main strip in the very humid sunshine, and whilst there were not too many shops (head up to Phan Thiet next door if you’re looking to spend $$$) we did discover some amazing restaurants and bars. Our favourite stop for drinks was Old Sailor Bar, an outdoor, nautical themed spot playing banging tunes from 10am. We may have visited twice, once for coffee and a second time for cocktails that evening! For food you can’t go past DeJaVu (think fried tofu, free tea on arrival and glorious dumplings) or for something a little more high class and fancy Anantara Restaurant at the Anantara MuiNe Resort and Spa is pretty schmick. We had an amazing, colourful and fresh meal here on one evening. Expect to pay approximately $25AUD and up here, it’s not your usual street stall. Thank goodness I’d worn a pretty dress out that night, this place was fancy. And finally we couldn’t pass up the restaurant at our hotel, the MuiNe Ocean & Spa Resort. The staff were so attentive, the food was amazing (I ordered the Seafood Spring Rolls on two occasions) and we were offered a discount every time we dined. Plus the plates of free fresh fruit after our meals was such a lovely gesture. Heavenly.
One of the best things about MuiNe though was how much time I had to write and brainstorm for the blog. There is nothing like a brand new natural space to write in. I spent a lot of time on the front porch of our bungalow jotting down ideas, planning future posts and generally feeling inspired. It’s funny how a brand new setting and experiencing a new culture can bring a new outlook on life. I even managed a sneaky fashion shoot for the blog in MuiNe… Now do you see why I like it so much? Watch out blog world!
So the moral of this story is if you’re in Vietnam and you need a break from reality to eat, sleep and chill, get to MuiNe now!
How do you relax and take time out of your busy schedule?