A dune is a mound or ridge of sand or other loose sediment formed by the wind, especially on the sea coast or in a desert. That’s the definition that I managed to find on Google. For those who are not capable of imagining how the dunes look based on my description, I will be glad to help – dunes are simply a pile of sand, a small desert that can easily be found close to the beach. Yet, dunes are not always present in coastal areas. For example, it’s not a simple task to find dunes in Indonesia, despite the amount of beaches that we have.
Windswept and rippled, dunes had aroused my interest and I wanted to visit them a long time ago. But unfortunately, the first time I was in Vietnam, I didn’t have time to stop by Mui Ne. I got that chance during my second visit and third as well. It’s not difficult to explore this huge sand carpet. You can easily book a tour in your hotel in Mui Ne. Or if you have an adventurous spirit, you can go by yourself. All you need is a motorcycle and a map. I did try both ways. First, I went by bike, at noon, under the burning sun. To give a short summary for the trip – it was uncomfortable, hot, and painful. The pain was because the location of the white sand dune is quite far from town, so I was had to sit on the bike for about an hour or more.
Despite the inconvenience, the white sand dune is at its best when there’s still sunlight. The white soft sand looks very dazzling and at the same time, deadly. The good thing is the white sand dune is not as big as the Sahara, so I didn't need to be afraid that I would not survive there with rescue teams arriving on camelback. The second way to visit the dunes was the tour. A tour is a good choice. The inexpensive tour normally includes the driver, jeep, and also some other tourist attractions such as the Fairy Stream, Red Sand Dunes, and Fishing Village. The price normally ranges from 9 to 12 dollars per person. It will definitely be cheaper if you have more than 2 persons. So, I recommend you wait before making a decision.
The red sand dune is as interesting as the white. The color of the sand reminds me of the cheese powder in a snack I ate when I was a kid. So irresistible, it made my stomach rumble every time I saw it. Different from the first, in the red sand dune you can rent a board that is usually made of plastic to go sliding down the dune. But make sure that they give you a good price; don’t let them overcharge you. I didn’t try that my first time, because how could I slide when it was raining?
Yeah, imagine, it was raining. Our plan to watch the sunrise on the dunes fell to pieces. Instead of witnessing the beautiful and breathtaking scenery, we witnessed a dark, gloomy, cloud-filled sky that made us feel like we were in a movie where the actors get lost in the desert as the apocalypse happens (or something like that). Another suggestion: pay attention to the weather. If you think it will rain, don’t take a risk trying to watch the sunset or sunrise. Go during the daytime.