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Doing the Rounds – Around Mui Ne on a Motorbike
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For those doing Vietnam by road, Mui Ne with its 2 mile long wide sandy beach and relaxing informality is a popular stop over on the road between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The entire beach strip is a tourist area with budget and midrange tourist venues at one end and the more expensive tourist area at the other end. Although the town is just an overnight stop for many travelers, the area around offers interesting places to visit. Ta Kou Mountain has a 161 foot reclining Buddha statue at its top, Vietnam’s longest. This is also where many people come for some of the best views of the coast. The towering white sand dunes 22 miles north east of Mui Ne is not to be missed. They are apparently best visited in the late afternoon when the sun is going down. The coastal road, to get to the white sand dunes, is a lovely ride, past villages and farms and views of fishing boats out at sea. Most visitors also visit the red dunes on the way back to town. The dunes are bigger here and gives the feeling that it is somewhere in the Middle East. Fairy Spring, a small canyon with sedimentary rock formations and Thuy Tu Temple with old whale skeletons, some more than a hundred years old, are the other sites worth visiting.

An early start will allow all the sites to be visited in one day on a motor bike and they can be reached easily although there is an absence of signage. A motor bike is the cheapest and probably the most interesting way to get around Mui Ne. Not only is the daily rate for an automatic or manual bike low but as traffic is light and the roads are straight, it is safe to ride a bike. Crowds can be avoided visiting sites this way and sometimes, depending on the time of day, sights can be totally free of other visitors. Traveling on a motorbike will also allow visitors to see and appreciate the natural beauty of a place and whether good or bad, get to know the locals. Although riders are required to have a valid Vietnamese license to ride in Vietnam many foreigners ride with or without it and with no proper knowledge of traffic laws. Helmets for rider and passenger are a must. The recommended way to rent bikes is through the accommodation to avoid being taken in by scammers.

Take a break at Anantara Mui Ne resort & spa to enjoy a pristine seaside location and the southern coast of Vietnam. This prominent resort in Mui Ne not only offers guests a collection of spacious, beautifully appointed guestrooms, suites and villas but facilities and services that definitely go a long way to making a holiday here unforgettable. Stay at this Vietnam hotel to taste excellent Vietnamese and international culinary offerings, indulge in relaxing spa treatments, to try out water sports options or to simply enjoy the wonderful natural environment.

 

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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