Russell reports that he is enjoying Ho Chi Minh City. He has visited the War Remnants Museum mentioned in my post on Monday, met up with a Vassar classmate who is in the city teaching English, and has found the cost of living to be quite manageable. He says that his efforts at painting outdoors never fail to attract a crowd. He also is sweating his brains out due to the hot, muggy weather.
When you are hot and uncomfortable, you naturally think of . . . water. In this instance, Russell is considering whether to head to the Mekong delta or to Mui Ne.
Mui Ne is a beach town in southern Vietnam. It is about 140 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, reachable by train or bus. Mue Ne’s climate is hot and dry for most of the year, and it advertises itself as “the sunniest place in Vietnam” as well as the kiteboarding and windsurfing capital of Vietnam. It features a series of beautiful beaches on the South China Sea, fresh seafood, sand dunes, the Red Canyon, a host of resorts, and some interesting historical sites related to the Cham culture. It also is described as having a chilled out feel that is a good respite for the weary traveler.
Sounds like a good getaway destination during the rainy season.