Surviving the bus journey down, my final stop before Ho Chi Minh City was Mui Ne. A definite beach resort area, it is unusually spread over 10km making it hard to wander around. I found that the hotel I booked into became my living area. After spending so much time being able to explore a place it was a strange experience.
Nearby to Mui Ne there are several dune formations- a red one and a white one! I first went to visit the red dunes. Impressive for Vietnam, it did not match any of the dunes I have seen in the middle east. There was also a lot of litter there so when given the option of sliding down the dunes on a piece of plastic I decided that there are may be better adventures to have. The white dunes were far more impressive and seemed to stretch for miles. At the start though were lilly ponds and much greenery , giving a stark contrast to the white sands. For both dunes dark clouds seemed to appear - this only heightened the strength of colour in the dunes.
I was also taken by my motorbike driver to a Fairy Stream. Here a small child escorted me up the stream so I could appreciate the different coloured soil in Mui Ne. It was a strange experience walking up the stream as the water was brown and I could not see where I was putting my feet. There were dark clouds above threatening rain, and I had this image of flash flooding! It also did not help that the child started telling me about the snakes that lived nearby. Imagination overdrive meant that I started seeing these snakes in the water too! The walk was worth it though as it was stunning to see the deep red, clear white and yellow of the soil, all intermingled yet separate.
An interesting place but due to how stretched out it was, I was happy to leave.