Mui Ne is particularly famous for its sand dunes and there’s little question why. They are smack in the middle of seemingly nowhere, surrounded by scrub and water.
It’s inexplicable to me how a patch of dry desert sand can rise up behind a lake full of blooming water lilies and lotuses, but such is the micro-climate of the area.
Fine yellow sand had somehow been deposited in this area. The dunes built up somehow stayed here and only shifted their peaks from day to day in the wind.
The wind blew ripples in the sand and soon covered up evidence of human presence.
There were a fair number of other tourists poking around and it was a little tricky to get pictures with no one else inside. Yet, when I took these pictures, it all looked so unspoiled and untouched.
Only the well-trodden paths showed signs of people around…
… otherwise I was free to enjoy the company of the early morning dunes in solitude.
The time of the day was just right to admire the play of light on the sand and against the sky.
I can’t help but let you scroll through a few more of the pictures yourself, they speak for themselves so well.
And then it was time to go, the sun was getting high in the sky and the lake was starting to lose its intense blue.
Before it got too hot, I went to check out the flowers blooming in the lake.
The lotuses were beautiful but I couldn’t get too close because of the mud and insects.
Then it was onwards to the red canyon.
Here, the red sand wasn’t quite as pretty as the yellow/white dunes of earlier in the day, but past rains had cut a canyon of sorts through. It made for an interesting study that I wish I’d seen when I studied physical geography in school so many years ago.
Last stop of all was another series of dunes, this time cut through by an actual spring.
The multi-coloured sand and earth it revealed made it quite apt to be called the Fairy Springs.
It was a bit of a fun walk squelching my way up the fine silt, passing by dried up tributaries.
But after a while the scenery was a little monotonous and I headed back…
… to the beach to say my goodbyes before heading to Ho Chi Minh City.