Top things to do in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
Coming to Phan Thiet, almost tourists prefer to visit and stay in Mui Ne – Hon Rom which is more than 20 kmfrom Phan Thiet city. The highlight here is the variety of resorts.
Along the road Phan Thiet – Mui Ne – Hon Rom, there are more than 20 resorts. Names of these resorts are often related to the sea, including The Beach, Bamboo Village, Sài Gòn M?i Né, Seahorse, Blue Ocean, etc,. With the advantages of various ancient architectural constructions built from 15th to 18th century which bear the mark of Cham culture; the yellow and white sand dune and blue water with gentle ground, Mui Ne seems to become a small tourist city. The diversity here causes tourists to be dizzy when looking for a staying destination.
Each resort has its own features and they are changed year on year to attract tourists. Despite many times been here, tourists can still find new and strange things of the resort village. One reason is the diverse in appearance of the resorts. They are all different from each other by its own impressive elements to draw the attention from tourists. In a resort, bamboo is the main material of construction while in another one, thatched roofs are the major component. Pandanus with red tile roof in charming beauty nearby the beach is considered the largest one in the resort village. Coco beach for instance, seem to be an isolated world with 5 bars, 1 library, 2 restaurants and 1 souvenir shop.
People are impressed by the outdoor bathroom in Seahorse resort. Without roof, tourists can enjoy fully the natural wind from surrounding trees blowing down. A resort called Siva recalls tourists about a legend of a girl named Siva in Cham culture. People also cannot forget the sweet light at Swiss Resort, and a number of other distinctive features of different resorts. Despite the variation, these resorts keep a common character – Vietnamese character. Each of them looks like a Vietnamese village miniature in harmony with nature. Thus, in spite of being modern and convenient, people can still feel the simplicity and friendliness of a coastal village.
Inserted in the coastal rows of coconut are tents to avoid sunlight which seem to higher the position of the coconuts which some are over 100 years old. A resort is a miniature of an ecotourism area with the green of trees gathered from other regions across the country. All the resorts are cool with the wind blowing from ocean and are fragrant with scent of flowers. The most favourite one is the gentle and romantic scent of porcelain flower. Porcelain flowers are planted along the steps, on the bed, at the room corners or in bathroom. “Pleasing the tourists then they will come back” is the slogan of resorts here.
Some resort owners said that, in order to retain tourists, each resort must find their own way , maybe in impressive foods, impressive serving style or impressive swimming pool. There is a resort welcoming tourists by the dance of the Cham, traditional folk music or putting a leave hat for tourists when they have entered.
The typical foods here are seafood with a number of variations from the skilful hands of the cooks. Each resort has its own dish that impresses tourists. For example, according the owner of Hoang Ngoc resort, this is the only place serving the dish of shrimp in stove which is attractive in yellow of cheese. The majority of guesses here are from Sai Gon, coming for weekend vacations or Western tourists coming to avoid winter in their country. Between June and October is the most crowded time here. In daytime, western tourists are interested in bathing with the sunlight of the tropical land.
At night, tourists rust into the street. Some of them walk on the streets, some hire bicycles to ride around the resort village or drop in the nearby shops. It’s surprising that this tourism city is as quiet as a remote village at night like that. No sound of loud music, if any, it’s just the melodious music satisfying people’s soul. The streets are clear without smoke and dirt. When the dark comes, Mui Ne – Hon Rom receive the sound of wind blowing from sea. The crowding lights from resorts appear replacing the stars, lighting a vast area. In that silence, the sounds of nature are clear to hear than any other time.
Those are also the call of Rung restaurant. Located deeply in the middle of majestic resort village, Rung restaurant draw the attention by its simple appearance which cannot be confused with any other constructions. With natural materials like roofs from the cortex of trees, all the decorations and furniture here are associated with forests and the life of ethnic groups. Coming here, tourists would be more understanding about Cham culture through Cham dances. The foods here are also special and unique without bone, without skin and cooked in Western style.
Some tourists prefer something more average, so they drop into a porridge shop on the road side with simple wooden desks where the hot and fragrant bowls of porridge are served under the moonlight on the coconut trees. In a distance, lights on the sea are turned on, creating a straight line. Those are the lights from squid fishing boat of the locals. Talking about tourism business, the owners said that it is not easy. “We must be really sensitive and quick minded to realize anything strange, said Mr. Ngoc, an experienced owner in this sector. He noted: “sometimes I’m so busy to find a suitable cup for our resort that I forget my hungry stomach”. When seeing a pottery product, he will consider if it suits his resort or where is the best location to put it. He then decides to make an order. The cups, the spoons, the structure of dining table are all requiring the difference and aesthetics.