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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Phan Thiet April 14th 2019

So we’re into the final stage of our Vietnam holiday. The bit where we kick back and relax after ten or so days of intense tourism. We’re at The Cliff holiday resort at Phan Thiet about 5 hours away from Saigon. Its a self-contained complex with all the luxury and garnish you'd expect from such a place. With a couple of glistening blue pools, a terraced restaurant for an extensive breakfast complete with an egg bar. There are lush green lawns replete with palm trees and plenty of colourful plant life to enjoy. There’s even a ‘swim up’ bar in the main pool for those who want to enjoy a cooling drink in their cossie! In many ways, a picture postcard example of an idealised holiday paradise. The rooms here are lovely. Spacious, clean and served ... read more
The Cliff Resort Phan Thiet
The Cliff Resort Phan Thiet
Welcoming towel dog thingie

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » La Gi / Ke Ga December 7th 2017

Woke to a crisp temp with a cloudless clear blue sky, perfect for a riding city tour of Dalat, a beautiful town unlike any other in Vietnam due to its manmade lakes & gardens, palaces and colonial-era summer homes that have largely escaped the ravages of war. The riding part of the day was a 40 km morning ride and a 20 km afternoon ride. The whole day was easy riding and both sessions had a 10 km downhill decent. The morning decent was a good surface & able to reach speeds of 50 Kph while the second was in a remote coffee growing area with a narrow twisting road with rough & broken surface in part & interrupted by local cow & goat herds but good speeds were also made. Our accommodation for the night ... read more
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Crazy House
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Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne January 5th 2017

Geo: 10.9604, 108.311... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne October 12th 2016

Geo: 10.9604, 108.311Chaotic, crowded, dusty, and polluted ... all those descriptors of Vietnam's largest city were verified as being true, but we still managed to find some positives about HCMC, which was far more enjoyable than its negative reputation would've suggested. Exploring HCMC was both maddening and exhilarating at the same time - love it or hate it, you can't deny that there is an indescribable buzz in the air, one that leaves you feeling wonderfully discombobulated.HCMC's notoriety led to us planning for only three nights here, which wound up being the perfect amount of time. Between the awesome activities and incredible food, HCMC left a very positive impression on us - but it's definitely a city where, had we spent even one more night, our perceptions would have changed dramatically. HCMC was new and exciting, ... read more
Sandy Beach in Mui Ne
Happy Chubby Buddha of Ta Cu
Colourful Buddhist Imagery

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne November 24th 2015

Tuesday 24th November 2015 We were checked out by 7:30am and on the bus by 8am. We had paid £4 each for a 5 hour bus ride down the coast to a place called Mui Ne. The bus journey was quite nice, being well air conditioned and having reclining sleeper seats which allowed us to lie flat and kill some of the journey with sleep. We arrived in Mui Ne at approx 1pm and headed straight to our Hotel, Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel. We were paying approx £6 each per night and were pleasantly surprised when we were shown to our room which was directly outside of some sun loungers and a small pool. Inside we had a lounge area and a bedroom upstairs. Not bad for £12!! This Hotel was split into 2 parts, ... read more
Ankle deep stream
Mini Grand Canyon??
Fisherman village

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne November 12th 2015

After meeting our jet lagged travel buddies the next day, we were picked up on time at our HCMC hotel by the Taxi Service provided by the Full Moon Village Resort where we planned to relax and acclimatize for our Mekong Delta cycling leg of the journey. The trip was mostly on a busy secondary 2 lane highway passing many rice paddies near HCMC that turned into state owned rubber tree plantations, through smaller villages and countless kilometers of road frontage house businesses with skinny houses; where the driver was constantly passing; for a white knuckle 5 hour drive to go some 280 kms. We began to relax in the last hour as the traffic eased and 4 lane highway appeared in the middle of no-ware and roadside frontage businesses and stands gave way to fishing ... read more
Traditional Vietnamese Modernized Accomidation
North Moi Ne Fishing Boats With Viet Flags
Vietnamese Bonsi

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne October 3rd 2015

1st-3rd October The bus was actually kind of enjoyable! It was pleasant to travel overground and watch the scenery slip past and the driver, although kind of rude and shouty, was relatively safe by Vietnamese standards. Maybe being a bit grumpy comes with the bus/coach driving career in general? We weren't too bothered either way, as the seats were actually mini sleeping berths which, although a bit short and enclosed around the feet, was strangely comfortable. It was amazing how quickly the big grey city changed into miles of flat rice paddies, and then suddenly into trees and lush green mountains, and then again into sand and brush and roadside shops, houses, etc. Mui Ne is essentially just a long stretch of coastline and beach resorts, with shops restaurants and tour companies on the inland side ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne February 15th 2015

Mui Ne is known as a beautiful little fisher village 200km from Saigon. It is between this village and Phan Thiet that you can find one of the most beautiful beaches Vietnam has to offer. Of course this means that there are a lot of resorts, and for a reason we still don't understand many Russians. All the menu's in the restaurants are translated in Russian and we encountered quite a lot Vietnamese people speaking fluently Russian. You can imagine how many time people talked to us in Russian, which was annoying as we didn't feel to be in Vietnam anymore. Luckely, once you arrive in the center of Mui Ne, you don't find any resorts or guesthouses anymore and it becomes more local. The habour in this fishing village was for us the most beautiful ... read more
Fishing boats in the harbour of Mui Ne
Fishing boats in the harbour of Mui Ne
Sunset on the fishing boats

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne April 9th 2014

ein windarmer vormittag wird zum stand-up-paddling genutzt und dabei die meditative wirkung der wellen gegen das board ausgekostet. und, liebe petra, ich habe sogar einen kopfstand versucht und auch beinahe zustande gebracht ;-) alias yoga on the board. von den boards aus lassen sich schon die zahlreichen rötlichen dünenfelder um nui ne erkennen. diesen ist auch das regenarme klima zu verdanken, sie stoppen die wolken weitgehend. bis zum mittagessen genießen wir unseren vorerst letzten strandtag um am nachmittag unsere super billige dunes tour anzutreten. für den preis erwarten wir nicht viel und werden schon vom halbstündigen marsch im rotbraunen bach positiv überrascht. das trübe und sehr warme wasser zeigt unvorhersehbare tiefen während es unsere füße umspült, links von uns ragen rote wüstensand dünen abwechselnd mit weißen kalksteingebilden einige meter in den himmel. ... read more
white sand dunes
viet nam traffic jam
water buffalo transporter

Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Binh Thuan » Mui Ne April 8th 2014

h2 style="border: 0px; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px); margin: 0px 0px 4px; padding: 16px 0px 0px; outline: 0px;"vietnamese cooking… heute brauchen wir morgens nur einen schnellen kaffee, weil wir anschließend mit unserer vietnamesischen kochlehrerin zum markt fahren. gemeinsam suchen wir nicht nur zutaten für das anschließende kochen, sondern dürfen uns auch durch das angebot von jackfruit, baby mango, sticky rice, reisküchlein, fried banana und reis-eieromlett kosten. unser frühstück fällt entsprechend bunt aus. der local markt mit seinen fisch-, muschel-, gemüse-, obst- und waschmittel verkäuferinnen, inmitten gewusel von vietnamesischen mamas, die die tageseinkäufe erledigen, trägt sein übriges zu einem gesamterlebnis bei. allein dieser einkauf ist schon sein geld wert! endlich sehen wir die produkte nicht nur - wir können sie probieren und zu e... read more
fish lady
market atmosphere
selfmade spring rolls




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