Skating - Mui Ne Bay - Vietnam - Vietnam                                                                                                                             Return

Hanoi in Vietnam is Great. HoChiMinh City in Vietnam is Great. Mui Ne Bay in Vietnam is Great. Vietnam is Great. OK, traffic is "challenging", yes that is true. (I was told that on average 5 people a day are severly injured in traffic accidents in HCM). The roads in places are a bit rough, true. And the killer is the heat, during the day it is so hot. It can hit 40c, the tempature at road level is more like 50. And on the asphalt, that is hot.

Mui Ne Bay is about 3 hours from HCM City. It is nice for a weekend outing. The Beach is fine, (but very narrow), people are friendly, but the main attaction for me is the great road for skating.

It is a single two lane blacktop, but it is in good condition. Traffic can be heavy, lots of trucks and busses, but everyone was nice and no one tried to hit us. The road goes next to the beach. Great view, nice road, places to stop and get drinks.

Mostly I recommend skating in the early evening when the sun is just going down. It is cooler then, you can still see the road - look out for the few holes and rough spots.

The other weather condition to look out for is rain. There is lots of rain here, and the problem is with all the traffic there is a good deal of oil on the road. When it rains the roads with the oil and water, are very slick. Stay off until it dry's up. Which once it stops raining will be very quickly.

Except for the heat - and rain, gets top marks, great road, friendly people, fun places to go and see. Excellent!!

Category

Category Description

Graph

Explanation

Road Surface

Describes road surface conditions

The road surfaces was not too bad. Some holes and rough spots, but overall pretty good, staying focused all the time was important.

Road Conditions

Is there enough room for skating on the road? Are intersections crossable?

The roads were pretty busy, but I never had a problem skating. Roads are narrow, very narrow. When we heard a big truck we tried to stay out of the way. But in general traffic always was friendly towards us. Traffic can be HEAVY at times so we had to keep our eyes, and ears, open. There are lots of bicycles, so that is fun, skating with them. There are lots of small motorcycles, that is fun to.

Traffic Conditions

Describes level and condition of traffic. Is the traffic heavy, fast or erratic.

Traffic could be HEAVY, and when it is not it is FAST so we had to keep our eyes, and ears, open. But everyone was friendly and unlike the USA no cars tried to frighten us or make as to hit us. The roads were always busy, but we never had a problem with cars when skating. People would come up on their motorcycles and say HELLO and the like. Many people on the sidewalks would wave, and the few who knew a bit of English would want to chat.

Driver Attitudes

Describes how drivers react to and treat skaters

 

We were polite skaters, (as always) and everyone was friendly and unlike the USA  and no cars tried to frighten us or make as to hit us. The roads were oten busy, but we never had a problem skating.

Danger Level

Describes overall danger of skating in this location. Everyplace is dangerous to street skate. Street skating means crumbling roads, bad drivers (or worse), air pollution and even nature. But some places are more dangerous than others

Roads could be tough in spots. But most of the roads was in good condition, but there are still cracks and rough areas around.

Criminal Factor

How serious is crime in this location.

 

It is the countryside, not the city. Did not hear of anything, did not see anything.

Cool Factor

Is this a cool place to skate.

The coolest. Skating by the ocean, nice breeze, friendly people.

Fun Factor

Is this a fun place to skate.

 

Yes, skating in and out of the traffic, down the long road is fun. Skating in the early evening is really fun.. It was so much fun to pass people and see there surprised expressions. Everyone, even the police were very nice to us.

Sidewalks

Are there sidewalks, and if there are what are they like? Often having sidewalks can be worse than not having them. With a bad sidewalk drivers may assume you should be using it - no matter how dangerous it is to use, and react very badly when they see you on the road instead of the sidewalk.

 

What is a sidewalk??

Misc

Any other conditions or issues that were found while skating here

 

 

Summary

A summarization of the skating experience at this location.

This is a great place, fun road, cool place to skate. I love it here. I have only skated here a few times the one time I was there and I can not wait to go back!!

Desire to Return - Overall Rating

The bottom line. Is the place good enough that we want to return here to skate it more. With all the above taken into consideration how much are we looking forward return and skate this location further.

Return? Love to, looking forward to! The roads were challenging, the people are great, the traffic exciting, friendly and fun. Great places to see and skate.

Photo Gallery

Disclaimer

                                                                                 

 Country Information

 

Services

Airport Pick Up

Please arrange car pick up to and from airport.

Airport Tax

Airport tax is USD10.

Business Hours

Government offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break) from Mondays to Fridays; closed on Saturdays and Sundays.Banks are open 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. Shops are generally open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Sundays, sometimes with a lunchtime closing

Clothing

Normal business attire consists of a suit and tie for men and suit or dress for women. During the hotter months, formal dress for men is a shirt and tie or golf shirt and slacks, depending on the situation. The trend in the south is to be more casual, as suit jackets are worn only on very formal occasions and first meetings.

Currency

VND (Vietnamese Dong)

Custom Rules and Regulations

Alcoholic Beverages: 3 litres of spirits under 22% alcohol and 2 litres of spirits over 22% alcohol.

Entry Requirements

A visa must be obtained prior to arrival. Check visa validity and conditions carefully.

Please have two passport photos ready.

Getting a single-entry visa for a month's stay in Vietnam is fairly easy. But extensions are generally not given while inside the county. People who want to spend more than four weeks in Vietnam can fly to Bangkok or Vientienne to get an extension. Visa regulations may change, so contact a Vietnamese Embassy near you for details. It is also good to bring extra photos with you.

Health Risks

Drink only bottled water. Bring your own medicine and prescription drugs. Have your immunizations updated, and if you intend to visit remote places, you should also consider having a doctor prescribe pills to prevent malaria.

 

 

Language

The official language is Vietnamese (Quoc Ngu) -- a hybrid of Mon-Khmer, Tai and Chinese. English is increasingly favored as a second language. In addition to English, many Vietnamese officials and businessmen speak some French, Russian or Chinese.

Local Climate

Hanoi has a mean temperature of 63 F (17 C), while the annual average temperature is 74 F (23 C). Vietnam has three climate types. In the north, temperatures are sub-tropical. The central and southeastern areas have a tropical monsoon climate, with high temperatures and abundant rainfall. The southwest has distinct wet and dry periods but with higher temperatures than in the north. The typhoon season on the central and northern coasts occurs between July and November.

Miscellaneous

Drug smuggling carries the death penalty.

Name of Airport

Noi Bai International Airport

Phone adaptors

Power adaptors

Tipping

VND (Vietnamese Dong)

Useful Links

Government of Free Vietnam
Vietnam General Information
Airport of Vietnam
Vietnamese Law
Vietnamese Business Online

Useful Numbers

Dial 113 (Police); 114 (Fire) or 115 (Ambulance).

Voltage

220V

 

 


Disclaimer

All material included in this Web site is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current developments, nor does it promote physical activity of any kind. The authors are not professionals and should not be interpreted as being such. They are not offering instructions, but are sharing of personal experiences, that should not be construed as advice, instruction, or best practices. This information should in no way be taken as an guarantee of future results. As such, the material contained herein is not offered as official advice on any particular matter. The contributing authors expressly disclaim all liability to any person in respect to actions taken or in respect to the consequences of anything done or omitted, and which may be done wholly or partly in reliance upon the whole or any part of the contents of this Web site. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a relationship between us and the user or browser. No reader should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any matter contained in this Web site without seeking the appropriate professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue. Nor are we responsible for any third party contents which can be accessed through the website

COPYRIGHT AND REPRODUCTION NOTICE:

Copyright 2006, WetCatAsia. All rights reserved.

Reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than for individual use only and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. The permission to recopy by an individual does not allow for incorporation of material or any part of it in any work or publication, whether in hard copy, electronic, or any other form.