Saigon was nice, but I didn't go to Vietnam just to hang out in a big city. I spent two days in Saigon, then hopped a bus and headed up Route 1, which is the main (and only) north/south road that goes from Saigon to Hanoi, a distance of about 1200 miles. It runs roughly along the coast and the word "roughly" describes the condition of the road perfectly.

It's about a 5 hour bus trip up to the soon-to-be booming resort area of Mui Ne. The road runs thru rice paddy country (like all the VNese coastal areas) and it's a place of great unspoiled beauty.
For now, anyway. It's developing fast.

I spent 4 days in Mui Ne, soaking up the sun and checking out the area around Phan Thiet.
Nice place. I'll be going back. :)




The city of Phan Thiet, just north of Mui Ne beach.


This is a pretty typical Buddhist pagoda in Mui Ne. You see this style of temple all over Vietnam.


At the end of the crescent is the town of Mui Ne. It's also the only place along the entire stretch that has any kind of protection from the wind. Here's the fishing fleet at anchor.




This is the view that awaits you when you drop down into the Mui Ne area. Looking towards Phan Thiet


Mui Ne is a crescent that runs approx. 14 kms down the coast, and there are superb beaches along the entire length.



  Here's my home for the 4 days I was in Mui Ne. Right on the beach, hot water and toilet, no rats, big roosters right behind the hut. Not bad for $10.  

This is the beach at Thai Hoa. Nice sand and a good walking beach, but the water was pretty rough when I was there.





It just wouldn't be the beach without a pretty girl or two.'s two very pretty English girls I met in Mui Ne on the last night I was there, and then we traveled up to Nha Trang together.




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