To infinity and beyond
Matt Cowan and Mike Palumbo explore the land where the oddest-looking fruit in Vietnam is grown, the dragon fruit.
Over the past 20 years, Mui Ne has become the closest big-resort location to Ho Chi Minh City. But in an area where the Vietnamese desert stretches down to the sea, much remains undiscovered, and in many areas, life remains unchanged.
86 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Mui Ne, Tel: (062) 384 7177
A leafy, seafront bungalow resort and café with nightly live music all in one. Reminiscent of the type of places you’d find on the Thai islands, an international and Asian food menu together with a cheap happy hour on beer make up the relaxing mix.
Hwy 702, Ninh Hai, Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan, Tel: (068) 627 2727
Enjoy the private beach with excellent facilities and have a massage. Evenings are sublime at this beach club, soon to become a fully fledged resort. Grilled seafood, European sausages, sangria, draught beer, and speciality-infused vodka all make this one of a kind destination.
Mui Ne Beach, Phan Thiet, Tel: (062) 381 3000
Another beachfront Victoria chain, the thatched–roof bungalows and family villas are set in exotic gardens with an infinity swimming pool, a seafood restaurant, spa, beauty salon and jacuzzi.
Hon Lan, Tan Thanh Commune, Ham Thuan Nam, Binh Thuan, Tel: (062) 368 2222
24 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne, Tel: (062) 384 7440
58 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Tel: (062) 384 7111
With charming wooden bungalows, a private beach, a swimming pool (both with attached bars) and a French restaurant, Coco Beach continues to be run by those who opened it in 1995.