Mui Ne- paradise for surfers

My friend Betti recommended this place saying it’s a great spot to have fun and she was absolutely right. It was not high season when I got there so there were not as many people as normally but it was still quite full. Apart from surfing and kite surfing, which is the main attraction there you can also enjoy your time be going to the dunes, one is white the other one is red. I definitely recommend going on a go- kart and just having fun riding around the dunes on a huge motorbike.

I also tried surfing but failed miserably, it is nothing like windsurfing so it was quite difficult for me to get up on a board and in the whole hour I got up once, which is quite a success.

The best part of my staying in Mui Ne was actually renting a motorbike and going around by the coast. The views are amazing and the breeze is so refreshing. I stayed in Zerona resort which was 10$ for a dorm but you can also rent a bungalow for 35$ a night. It has a private pool and nice sun beds by the sea.  For the evening I suggest going to Sankara for a cocktail- it is not cheap but the atmosphere is nice and the music is really good, plus you can get 2 for 1 untill 10pm. For dancing there are lot clubs on the beach but check the latest updates as in the low season not all of them will be full. I even managed to find a Latin place with salsa but only because there was a guy from Colombia visiting for couple weeks.

Mui Ne is definitely a place where I would come back in future. The sun, the beach, great parties and hot surfers, what else do you need.

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Halong Bay- secret island

Everyone told me that Halong Bay is a must seen in Vietnam. But as I am travelling on a shoestring budget I m not a big fan of organized trips but this time I made an exception and I went with the trip organized by Central Backpackers Hostel, which turned out to be an excellent choice. The first day we spent on the boat. The agenda was nothing really special: visit to the caves, Cat Ba- overrated and touristic island. There were so many people on the beach,  that you couldn’t even move. So after the first day I was quite disappointed but everything changed in the evening, when we had an amazing party on the boat with 10 guys from Mexico, who for sure knew how to party. It was just amazing to party alongside the rocks in the bay.

On the next day in the morning , they took us to the secret beach on a private island, called Cove Beach and it was hidden between the rocks. There were only 7 bungalows and the whole island was exclusively for us. It looked like from the movie-  The Beach. Now I see how the Maya bay in Thailand looked like before all the tourists made their way and destroyed the beautiful picture it used to be.

But this beach was secluded, quiet, no ladies trying to sell you something, no motorbikes, no tourists. There were kayaks to our disposal so were the tubes. My bungalow was right on the beach and the view on the bay from my balcony was magical. This is without any doubt the most amazing beach I ever stayed on– was my first thought. After lunch we took kayaks and went around the island and later we went rock climbing, which by the way – was not as easy as I expected to be. Unfortunately I failed miserably and landed it water after my three attempts. Everybody was really tired after long day of activities so we went to bed really early. Falling asleep I was watching the moon from my bed.

The next day we had to pack as the boat was picking us up at 8am but when  I saw people getting on I just felt I’ m not ready to go back to crazy Hanoi where you have to fight for your life when you are crossing the street so I run to my guide and desperately asked If I can stay one more night. He laughed and agreed for me to stay. When the group left it was just me and two other scandinavian girls on the island and of course the staff.  Surrounded by silence that was broken only by waves I sat on my balcony and read my book. For the first time since I started travelling a month ago I felt like I’m relaxing, not rushing anywhere and just being alone with myself.   Those who know me think no, that’s not possible she can’t just stay in one place doing nothing but I can and I did. The time stopped on this magical island where I felt most peaceful in the whole world.

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Dreadful journey from Laos to Vietnam- welcome to Sapa

If I could describe my trip from Laos to Vietnam in one adjective it would be dreadful. First I was told in the tourist office that the fastest way to get to Sapa in northern Vietnam is to get the bus to Dien Bien Phu and then straight after there will be a bus waiting for me to get me to Sapa and the trip should be max. 4h. Surprise, surprise there was no bus in Bien Phu when I got there so I had to stay overnight in the dodgy hotel for 10$ a night. Then the next day I took the minibus to Sapa and again it didn’t take 4h but 9! I swear if I ever come back to Luang Prabang I will find this guy who sold me the ticket and lied in my face , I will punch him so hard that he will never  forget.  Not only the bus took super long but the journey was terrible- the road was bumpy and sharp turns didn’t seem to end.  Mountains the bus suddenly stopped so we had to get out and push the bus. Of course all the Vietnamese ladies stayed in the car and I was the only one that actually got off . We managed to push the vehicle and all in mud we got back on the bus, only after 3h we finally arrived to Sapa. The only nice thing about  the trip were magnificent views on the way, waterfalls, rice fields and mountains covered in clouds. If only I didn’t feel sick the whole journey I would really enjoy it.

I found a cheap hostel and checked in. It’s called Queens Hotel and you can get a really nice room with beautiful view on the mountains for only 7$ but I took the dorm as I wanted to meet people. I wanted to finally speak English after 2days long journey where I was the only white person and had nobody to talk toL.  So I took a shower and went go get something to eat as I didn’t eat anything the whole days cause I felt nauseous on the bus. The city is settled between the mountains, looks like from a fairytale. There are not so many tourists as normally in Vietnam. The time seems to stay still. The air is very fresh and it’s quite cold but I really enjoy it after all the heat in Thailand and in Laos. People are wearing jackets and trainers like it would be winter.  I met an Australian guy who just got back from China and we went to get some beers. All the pubs close at 11pm similar as in Laos so the city goes to sleep around midnight. The next day we went on a trekking trip and it was really nice but unfortunately all our clothes were covered in mud. I also almost died when we climbed to the waterfall. I slipped but luckily didn’t fall into the depths of the wild waters.

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