As most of you already know, all of my work is hand-crafted in beautiful Vietnam, my birthplace. I have an office in Denver, CO and all of my jewelry is hand-made in Saigon. I split half of my year in the states and half of the year in Vietnam. I absolutely love to travel and find myself creatively inspired on all of my journeys. This recent excursion was no exception. While in Saigon I decided to treat myself to a quick weekend getaway in the gorgeous beach town of Mui Ne.
Fifteen years ago Mui Ne was just a small, sleepy fishy town that was barely a blip on the map with only 25,000 residents. Today it is a bustling resort town where you can find tourists swimming, surfing, sun-bathing, or shopping. Kite surfing has recently become an avid pastime as well. It’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’m so happy I made the trek out there last month. Three hours and $6 (USD) on the bus will bring you this gorgeous stretch of beach, only 10 kilometers long.
I went with one of my dear friends and our hotel was $20 (USD) or only $10 each! That is the part I love about traveling in my home country, the cost of living is a dream. Our hotel was super cute, low key, yet posh and situated right on the beach. We also made sure to hit up Joe’s, The Art Café, a surfside restaurant that is the only establishment in town that stays open all year. They have live music every evening. It’s a perfect ending to a magical day, sitting outside slowly sipping on a beer while the sounds of crashing waves can be heard softly in the background to some chill local tunes.
If you ever make it out this way, I highly recommend checking out The Fairy Stream. This low water level stream has a soft current that allows for an adventure of discovery at any pace you choose. You’ll find toddlers stop to stare and play in tidal pools, teenagers swimming, lovebirds sitting on a rock with their feet dangling in the water, but most of all you’ll find the peace and serenity you’ve been searching for.
During this last excursion I felt a tremendous amount of pride for my country. While I’m a dual citizen, it’s the heartbeat of Vietnam that stirs me and always offers tons of creative ideas. I’m extremely proud of my Heirloom Collection which is a celebration of my heritage and hopefully embraces the beauty and magic of all lands far away.