Ok, so we took the train from busy busy Saigon to Phan Thiet. We were looking forward to a nice relaxing soothing break by the beach after the crazy Saigon.
Taxi from Phan Thiet train station is 100,000 Dong. Not bad at all, takes about 15 minutes.
White Sands resort does feel and look like it's in the middle of nowhere but that's why we chose it. We took a taxi in to Mui Ne a few times which involves telling staff at hotel to call up one and waiting around maybe 15 minutes. It's a about 50,000-65,000 Dong depending where on the strip you get off. It's ok, the strip with it's bars and food joints. That's about it. Few massage places and tourist offices.
Back to White Sands. A summary then.
Peace and quiet.
Lovely beach to look out on from beachfront balcony.
Ok, so it's Asia you expect bugs and geckos.
But you have to know you will share your room with geckos. And unfortunately if your partner is a bit squeamish about this, it makes staying in the room a bit stressful at times.
I think people need to know this if this could be a problem. The roofs are so high and thatched that holes are inevitable and the two doors have big gaps a the bottom.
We wrapped the net around us each night and unluckily a gecko fell on it scaring the life out of my wife!
There are frogs, big moths and bigger lizards around too. I don't have a problem but as I said some people do!
Beach is ok but as someone else mentioned, lots of little crabs under foot! The wind blows very strong in off the sea too.
Pool is nice if not very very cold!!
Sauna/steam room very nice also.
Food could be improved. The western dishes are very poor.
Staff very friendly but very poor English and they have a few etiquette issues like 3 or 4 of them crowding around you at a time when dealing with paying bills etc. Strange!
We stayed over Christmas and it was pretty quiet. A bit too quiet. I came to my own opinion over this trip that I need a bit more life. And I think I can get this and relaxation with a hotel more in the midst of things.
If I was to this coming from bustling Saigon and needed a few nights peace I would possibly stay here again but then move onto the strip where it would be a bit more lively and still chilled out as Mui Ne is not that crazy at all.
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