Today was the day we were going to see the renowned dune’s of Mui Ne.
Our tour started at 14:00 so we had a late breakfast and chilled for an hour before heading over to the tour office.
The tour began with a walk along fairy stream. We hadn’t walk far before we were offered the chance to ride an Ostrich! We all had ago and our two young guide’s took us further up the stream and showed us the array of coloured sands that lined the stream running through it. Each side of the stream were walls of sand at least 15m high and ranging from red sand all the way through to white/grey sand. We were only allowed up so high as the other side of the top still had unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.
As we walked further along the two kids taking us along the stream gave us a four leaf clover each and for me it was the first time I’d ever seen one. I soon realised they grew here in abundance and they were everywhere!
The further we got along the more the landscape varied with strange columns of sand appearing out of the ground. We reached the end after a thirty minute walk and found a small waterfall that was the source of the stream.
The next stop on the tour was a photo opportunity at a fishing village further along the coast.
We then headed to White Dunes straight after. The whole place was amazing. I didn’t expect the place to be as big and there was even small around the foot of one the main slopes.
As you enter the Dunes you pick up a plastic sledge and begin your walk towards which ever peak you fancy most. Me and Fanny choose one which looked unscathed and pretty steep taking photo’s along the way we soon realised the steepness was going to give us some top speeds!
I decided to hit it first and racked up some raw speed! Needless to say I had to bail at the end as it was going to be the safest way for me to stop!
The girls then had a go of one of the surrounding slopes and both made it quite far.
I gave the steep slope one more go to see if I could ride out the final piece. Not a good idea!
I managed to ride past the where I bailed but hit a small jump which sent me flying through the air and on to the base of my spine for a nasty landing! I was ruined after that…
We’d already run over twenty minutes late and made it back to our driver to hit the next leg the Red Canyon. It wasn’t as impressive as we’d anticipated but still was worth a quick walk around and a few photo’s.
We were fast running out of time and needed to make the red dunes before sundown. Pulling up we had just enough light to get some decent photographs before we were left in the dark.
We had shower’s when we got back to the apartment and got ready to head to the booking office where we had to confirm our seats on the open bus out of Mui Ne the following day. This meant a trip to the centre, where we got dropped off on arrival. Seeing as we were in that part of town we went to the same restaurant we had our first meal at in Mui Ne.
After dinner and numerous drinks we decided to find Sankara and Wax bar, two of the other bars we’d heard about. Sankara was five minutes away and we hit that first.
The place was nothing like we imagined! It would be more fitting in some luxury destination not something you’d expect a typical backpackers trail. Saying that the drinks reflected the price of the furnishings being at least double what you’d pay anywhere else, still though compared to home it was reasonable.
The girls loved it and we stayed there for a few hours making the most of such a quality beach front bar. We settled the bill and went a further five minutes down the road to Wax which was less opulent but more lively atmosphere with a mix of locals and travellers.
We ended our night here chatting on the beach and reflecting on our time in Mui Ne.
Before I went to sleep I was fortunate enough to receive my first Chilean massage! – D Though the smell of the Tiger Balm will stick with me forever!