I booked a bus out of Saigon to Hue, stopping at Mui Ne, Nha Trang and Hoi An, at TNK Travel, for $27. It was subcontracted to Tam Hanh Travel. The bus had clapped out air conditioning at it took 6 hours to get to Mui Ne.
In Mui Ne the beach is mostly closed off behind resort fences. In the cheap section near the Circle K you can get to the beach if you want to, but it’s a surf beach with only a narrow strip of sand and some rocks.
When I arrived I had about ten billion scooter drivers trying to take me places. They said the rooms were $8 or $10, but when I reached my hotel the room was only $7! They quote in USD – easier than hundreds of thousands of VND.
For my $7 I had a cold shower, towel, reasonable mattress and SATELLITE TELEVISION. I watched the BBC, mostly their report of the phone hacking inquiry.
That evening I went out for some sort of noodle – I think it cost $2.