Mui Ne Sunset
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.
Mui Ne Sand Dunes
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.
Crystal clear waters of Mui Ne
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.
Kite surfing in Mui Ne
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.
Calm, peaceful beach of Mui Ne
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.
Nina Nguyen Designs, Heritage Collection