After a full week of teaching, taking care of orphans, helping the disabled, and working in the hospital, twelve of us volunteers decided to hit the road to Mui Ne beach. We woke up early Friday morning and took a sleeper bus about six hours to the east coast. This was my first time in a sleeper bus and in case you aren’t familiar with it, it’s essentially a bus with long seats that recline all the way back so you’re able to sleep easier. I really enjoyed it! However, if you are way over six feet tall then I don’t recommend it.
We left HCMC around 8am and arrived to Mui Ne around 1:30pm. The bus dropped us off at a resort called ‘Lotus Resort’. I was a bit skeptical because the place I booked is called ‘The Lotus Village’ but we walked into the hotel anyways and were instantly amazed by the beauty of this hidden paradise. As the others “oooh’d” and “aaaah’d” over everything, I went to go check us in at the front desk. Turns out they couldn’t find my name under the reservation because this is the wrong hotel! I booked for Lotus Village…not Lotus Resort. Crazy bus driver.
No worries though because our actual resort was just 4km down the road. So we hopped on a taxi and before you know it, we were there…The Lotus Village Resort. I liked this place much better. Imagine an oasis full of palm trees, staircases made of marble, and plush lounge chairs covered with umbrellas made of leaves and straw. In the center of this oasis is an infinite pool that lit up at night. An oasis surrounded by bungalows, with bathtubs made of slate and some of the softest, coziest beds in town. The China South Pacific was just a few meters away from the resort. So close, that at night you can hear the waves crashing into the stone walls of the village. Near the pool was a full service bar, concocting fresh cocktails and fine delicacies to enjoy as you basked underneath the sun. Yes, this was absolute paradise. It reminded me of my stay last summer in Zanzibar with my team in Tanzania.
The twelve of us split up into three rooms. Lucy, Tom, Sophie, and I shared one room. Allison, Addie, Shantai, and Lex shared another. Peter, Nancy, Shane, and Steffanie (Whirral, U.K) actually stayed in a hotel just a few meters next to ours in a hotel equally as nice. But our pool area was definitely better, evident by the fact that they would always come to our pool instead of theirs! No problem by us. As a matter of fact, the first thing we did when we arrived at the resort was jump into the pool! This is where my GoPro came in handy.
After a little fun, a few of us walked down the beach to see what Mui Ne had to offer along the coast. There were tons of seaside bars, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Along the way I spotted shacks that offered kite and wind surfing lessons. I would like to try kite surfing sometime before I leave Southeast Asia so be on the lookout for that! We looked for a place to eat later and found a hippie restaurant down the street, by the suggestion of Shantai. Food was nice; not enough to fill this guy up though!
Later on that night we played in the pool some more. As the others went into the whirlpool to play a game of “Never Have I Ever”, I went into my room to check on some things and in the process, I accidentally fell asleep. The bed in my room was just so cozy and lush. Besides, I don’t really like playing that game anyways. 🙂 I am glad I got to get some sleep relatively early because the next day was action packed! After one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in awhile, Steffanie and I spontaneously decided that we wanted to jet-ski. So thats exactly what we did! This was both of our first times ever on a jet-ski and that became evident when we overturned the jet-ski not once, but twice!
I drank so much salt water from falling into the ocean so many times, I thought I was going to be sick. Tom strapped my GoPro to his chest and swam out to see to try and capture some photos of us but I didn’t even notice him because water was constantly splashing against my face. At one point, Steffanie and I both fell into the water while the jet’s engine was still running. The jet went around in wide circles before it finally came right back to us. Thankfully!
The day just started and jet-skiing along the coast of the South China Sea was just the beginning to what turned out to be one of the funnest days here in Vietnam yet! Stay tuned!