It’s certainly not a resort, however it does offer budget travellers a small resort-type perk as guests have direct access to the ocean.
Mui Ne Backpacker Resort has dorms, private rooms and a small flagstone terrace with a few wooden loungers, umbrellas and stone steps leading straight down to the ocean; there’s no beachfront. If you want a patch of sand, you’ll have to walk along the road (or swim) a few hundred metres.
Dorms have six tightly packed wooden bunks. They have tile walls and flooring, air-con, WiFi, a small ensuite bathroom and wood lockers. The dorms face a courtyard with a tiny central pool. Private rooms are small but functional and have extras such as bedside table, solid wood furniture, window, flatscreen TV, mini fridge, security box and bathroom with a separate shower stall. It’s good value if you want to be steps to the sea.
The overall layout of the property is a bit odd and tightly packed into a small space. The dorms are in the front close to the entrance and when we visited, there was no security – anyone could walk in and out of the property. Ocean view private rooms are in a separate building closer to the water. In contrast to Mui Ne Backpacker Village, here there’s no communal area to hangout or a meet-your-fellow-traveller vibe. They do offer the usual tours, a breakfast for 35,000 dong and ocean front rooms at a budget price.
Address: 88 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien
T: (062) 3847 047;
Coordinates (for GPS): 108º12'45.5" E, 10º57'8.17" N
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Room rates: Under US$10
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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