29.11.2010 - 30.11.2010 22 °C
For well over a month we have reveled in fantastic weather and we even briefly mentioned it to some fellow travellers along the way; a few spells of rain but nothing major. Yet it is now, it seems, as we are beach bound that the skies turn dark and the water clouds besiege us. We board the sleeper bus and shortly after departure the water starts to pour, we can hear the water even in our sleep. On the bus we are all backpackers and all with different destinations, some off to Nha Trang, Saigon and Dalat. In our case we are headed to Mui Ne, mainly just a beach full of resorts which we imagine it will be like those in Thailand; yet to get there we must first have a quick stop in Nha Trang (10 hours away from Hoi An) and then change bus for an extra 4 hours to reach the beach. We disembark, gather our bags and wait in a café with some food until we board our next bus. It really does not stop raining, but one can only hope it will at some point after all it’s time for a beach; a swim and a tan, a proper tan at least, no more of this farmers tan we have been sporting for the last two months! On the bus and we are off. We look at each other in disappointment, we are really close and the rain continues to fall. Mui Ne is a long strip of beach of about 15-20 km long, at least where the restaurants and resorts are located and just imagine our luck, our drop off is on km 14 and our hotel is located approximately on km 11 (the signs display the distance along the main strip) yet we decide to brave the rain (an act of silliness, as we simply just want to avoid haggling with a cab driver) and we walk and walk until we are finally there. Unload and out for a bite, still the skies are grey and the rain comes and goes, but it does not look good for our beach prospects. As we walk to find a restaurant and even before as we endured the water trying to reach our hotel, we discover that this town is heavily frequented and geared towards Russian tourists and there is also an interesting mix of amazing and expensive hotels and some a little bit more basic for the budget backpacker, but the town is not pretty, is definitely all about the beach and your hotel. Anyway as we sit for lunch we discuss on whether to stay or continue south as the rainy weather front seems to cover the southern parts of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. The next morning, the weather is just as bad and with no chance of clearing any time soon. So we move on. Onwards to Ho Chi Minh City otherwise known as Saigon.