Mui Ne is a small, laid-back coastal resort & fishing village 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), in southern Vietnam. Although it is firmly on the tourist trail, it is a good place to come for some relaxation and to recharge the batteries either before or after an assault on Vietnam’s biggest city. Aside from its serenity, Mui Né’s main draw are the huge sand dunes & red mud formations on the outskirts of the village.

On a section of the massive sand dunes outside the village of Mui Ne, southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

On a section of the massive sand dunes on the outskirts of Mui Né. Constantly changing with the winds and rains, the dunes are never the same. You can, and I did, stroll the dunes and admire the wind’s intricate patterns in the sand. When viewing the dunes you have to deal with the kids, dozens of them, all eager for you to hire a plastic sledge so you can slip-slide your way down the 30-metre-high dunes. Mui Né (map-pointer-icon), southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

Boats in the harbour of Mui Ne as seen from the sand dunes on the outskirts of the village. Mui Ne, southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

Boats in the harbour of Mui Né as seen from the sand dunes on the outskirts of the village. Mui Né, southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

Another attraction on the outskirts of Mui Né are the hills and canyons of red mud formations that make for an interesting place to explore.

Atop the mud formations outside the village of Mui Ne, southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

Atop the massive red mud formations outside the village of Mui Né, southern Vietnam. September 15th 2005.

Mud formations outside the village of Mui Ne, Southern Vietnam. September 15th, 2005.

Inscriptions in the hills of rock-like red mud on the outskirts of the village of Mui Né, Southern Vietnam. September 15th, 2005.

Putting a catch out to dry in the village of Mui Ne, Southern Vietnam. September 15th, 2005.

A local women putting a catch of tiny fish out to dry in the midday sun in Mui Né harbour. Brought ashore daily, once dry the fish are used to produce fish sauce; this region is the biggest producer of fish sauce in the country meaning the whole harbour area stinks. Mui Né, Southern Vietnam. September 15th, 2005.

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