Not a far distance from our guesthouse, the driver of 4x4 jeep we rented dropped us off at the Fairy Stream where we were going to start our half-day tour of Mui Ne, Vietnam.
It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon and we chose the afternoon package to tour the common places to visit. This is composed of the Fairy Stream, Fishing Village, White Sand Dunes, and Red Sand Dunes.
Fairy Stream Tour in Mui Ne, Vietnam
February 8, 2012
Fairy Stream walk in Mui Ne
Basically, the difference between the Morning and Afternoon package is just the sun. We preferred sunsets over sunrises so we took the latter option. Waking up early isn’t really our cup of tea; especially when we came from a 5-hour bus trip from Ho Chi Minh City, and arrived early in the morning.
leave your shoes and walk barefoot
We left our shoes as this was going to be a barefoot activity. Actually we saw a number of shoes at the starting point of the trek and local kids just pointed at them so we simply followed the rest of the tourists. Kids were ready to be our guides, but we figured there was no use since we only had to follow the path where other travellers were going.
fairy stream walk
We started getting familiar with the trek and at the beginning, I didn’t know what to expect. We were just walking on the stream and at times our feet got buried ankle-deep in the soft clay. After we got past the rocks, bamboo plants and other bushes, we saw a clearing and it was then did I realize how much a beautiful place this was.
play of colors
Play of Colors
This was quite a surprise and I loved the color of the sand complementing the background. The sand was also very fine that we couldn’t help getting dirty lying on it.
red orange, blue and green
I can’t stress how vivid the colors were because we visited this tourist spot while the sun was up high. The sun intensified the hue of the sand and the colors were really highlighted!
Seeing this view was already enough for me. Let me also mention that despite the hot weather, the water from the stream is quite cold.
loving the view
You also have the option to climb the hill and walk from there. We were told that the view of the dry land on the other side is like a mini Grand Canyon. We weren’t able to check it out though.
It’s advisable that you bring a scarf or towel to cover your face from the dust when it becomes windy.
We kept walking and wondered what would happen at the end of our hike. We reached a dead end and a local kid informed us that she would take us to the waterfalls. Feeling adventurous, we followed her in a narrow path.
path to the waterfalls
It was a short trek and we also passed by a farm. When she pointed the waterfalls, it was but a small one. I just laughed. It made sense that the waterfalls was small since it was only a stream that we were visiting and not a river.
We gave the kid a minimal fee for taking us there. I wonder how many tourists she was able to bring here which earned her a quick buck.
Tada! The Waterfalls! haha – a small one
On our way back, I noticed something shiny on the ground. I thought it was a lizard, but upon closer look, it resembled some characteristics of a snake! It was a small one and it didn’t look nice at all. I almost panicked and stood still for a second, but thought of continuing our walk.
At the back of my head, I wondered if it was a baby snake and the mother was just somewhere nearby. Gives me the chills just thinking about it because we hardly noticed it!
We went back to the entrance after taking a few more photos. We were to continue our next journey in this half-day tour of Mui Ne.
can’t get enough of the sand
Mui Ne is five hour by bus from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Check out my other stories of Mui Ne here:
- Half-Day Tour of Places to Visit in Mui Ne, Vietnam
- Walking Barefoot at the Fairy Stream in Mui Ne, Vietnam
- Quick stop at the Fishing Village in Mui Ne, Vietnam
- Happy and High at the White Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam
- Chasing the Sunset at the Red Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam
- A Few Tips about Mui Ne, Vietnam
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