Viet Reader.


Premier Newspaper for Vietnamese Worldwide

Two nights camping on Binh Thuan Beach's immaculate headland

Mui Yen is hidden behind the dunes in Bau Trang, Binh Thuan, unpopulated, undeveloped tourism.

Mui Yen is located in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province, about 4 km from the Bau Trang tourist area. Unlike the bustling atmosphere of Bau Trang, with colorful Jeeps carrying tourists, Mui Yen is still wild and has no tourism services. The road through the white dunes leads visitors to Mui Yen, with hills of all shapes reaching out to Hoa Thang Sea. Thanks to the gentle, hilly terrain, Mui Yen is an ideal coastal camping ground for travelers who want to mingle with unspoiled nature.

Also read: Binh Thuan fishermen hit the peak anchovies in the Southern crop

The road from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Yen passes through many beautiful scenes on the South Central Coast. In the photo is a green dragon fruit field in Binh Thuan.

At the end of August, a group of Ho Chi Minh City tourists had a weekend camping trip in Mui Yen with a journey of 237 km, mainly on the Ho Chi Minh City - Dau Giay - Phan Thiet highway. Instead of driving continuously, the tourists " move slowly" to enjoy many beautiful scenes.
The group stopped for the first leg in Long Khanh, Dong Nai, 11 km from Dau Giay, and had breakfast at a famous restaurant. After an hour of driving on the Dau Giay - Phan Thiet highway, they took a lunch break at a seaside restaurant in Phan Thiet. On the way to Mui Yen, the group stopped at a seafood restaurant in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district, and bought fresh shrimp, squid, and snails to prepare for the evening camping by the beach. Within 15-20 km from Mui Yen, there are no residents; visitors must prepare personal belongings and necessities before camping there. The photo shows a fishing village in Hoa Thang, more than 30 km from Mui Yen.

Read more: 10 most interesting experiences in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

After passing through Bau Trang, travelers proceed onto a 3-km route leading to Mui Yen, which features several sand, crushed-stone, and boulder slopes. Mr. Xuan Tien, a member of the group of tourists, said that this is the most dangerous part of the journey, so you should travel by car with two bridges if the steering wheel is not strong enough. After 7 hours of traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, the group arrived at Mui Yen at 3 pm and set up camp. The weather in Mui Yen in the last days of August is sunny during the day, with strong winds; from afternoon to evening, it often rains. Visitors afraid of sudden rains should visit this place around November to March; the weather is dry all day. You can admire the sunrise and sunset at Mui Yen at that time.

Because it still needs to be unspoiled, this area is sparsely populated with people who come to camp overnight. Even on weekends, the coastal cape only has 3 to 4 small groups setting up tents; all groups travel by car and bring their camping equipment. Mr. Tien's group quickly found a place to set up tents on a high, flat ground. Setting up a tent in the sun without a shadow of a tree, but "not feeling hot and losing strength due to the cool sea breeze blowing on the shore constantly". Mr. Tien said that when setting up the tent, it is necessary to determine the right wind direction so that the wind passes through the two tent doors, ensuring that the tent stands stable when guests stay here. The group erected a sizable tent as a dining area and communal living space in the middle of the campsite, next to the kitchen and the individual sleeping tents.

Camping in self-sufficiency, the group prepares all necessary items for the trip. Utensils include a folding table, cooking set with pots, pans, kettle, hanging rack, rechargeable lamp, charging station, chair, 80 liters of soft drinks, and food. This area lacks services, so all personal hygiene activities are "open-air". Visitors can bring a shower tent and a faucet if the car has enough space. Or wipe your body with a wet towel and wash your face clean enough because the sea air is fresh. Because camping is self-sufficient in a deserted place, visitors should go in groups with men, bring only a few high-value items, and set up tents close together to actively support in all situations.

A group of 7 people brought 10 kg of charcoal for cooking during two days of camping. The people who had come here before had built the kitchen, so it took little time to rebuild; rocks surrounded the kitchen, the space in the middle was for coal and dry alcohol was used to create a fire. The menu for dinner is 2 kg of pre-marinated pork, local seafood with a sunny day squid, shrimp, snails, fruit and snacks.

Mr. Tien said he was baking food when a heavy rain suddenly hit, everyone quickly packed the food into the general tent. Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds continuously for half an hour; he had to squat, using his back to hold the tent so that the wind would not knock it down. The heavy rain gradually stopped, stopped every 10-15 minutes and then rained again. By about 10 pm, the sky had cleared up.
The group remained gathered around the fire to bake food, gaze at the stars, and sing after the downpour. At this time, the sky is clear and cloudy, a sea of stars can be seen clearly, the scene cannot be seen in the light-polluted big city.

"This is the first time I have experienced coastal camping during heavy rain and strong winds. Because of the careful preparation, the rain did not interrupt the group's activities too much. On the contrary, we also enjoyed it, with people singing under the torrential rain and waves crashing in the distance. The sounds of nature are great," said Trung, a member of the camping team.

At night, the temperature at sea is lower, about 22-24 degrees Celsius, more windy. If you come here, you should bring a jacket, small blanket, and an air mattress. The tent should be closed at night.
After a good night's sleep by the beach, the most anticipated activity is watching the sunrise. On the other hand, "the human calculation is not equal to the calculation of the sky." The previous night's heavy rain hurt visibility and space; thus, the sun did not rise. Everyone enjoys the morning with cups of filtered coffee, listening to music and watching the sea from the highest cliff of the campsite.
Near the campsite, there are two beaches with white foam. Before packing up, a few group members went to the beach with a cave to play and swim. The beach here has many sharp reefs and strong waves; visitors should stay within the shore. In return, there are many beautiful photo corners around with the sea of waves, the sunshine and the green grass hills.

Around 10 am, the group started to unpack the camp and pack up. All garbage is collected in a large bag, loaded on the car's roof to be transported to Phan Thiet City, and placed in public trash bins along the way. "Moving the car out of the campground is more difficult and dangerous than entering because the slope is full of gravel, crushed stone and sand," Tien said. He had to turn the car upside down, go backward, and manage to steer for 10-15 minutes to get up the slope safely.

Two days is just enough for a camping trip in Mui Yen. This unspoiled destination is not for those who like comfort but suitable for those who want to stay away from bustling city life and mingle with nature. If you want a longer trip and more activities, you can spend an extra day hanging out in Phan Thiet or Mui Ne before heading to Mui Yen to camp.

Also read: Totally unwind with these 5 campgrounds close to Hanoi

About author
You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page.
View all posts
More on this story