I may be biased because it turned out the owner John was from Australia and I discovered he was my best friends boss, in the small town I lived in at home!?
I stayed in Mui Ne Backpacker Resort for 3 weeks. At first I was a little worried. I called when I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to ask about the types of powerpoints they had. At the time John was away and a guy called Dan was looking after everything. Maybe Dan was having a bad day, but he was pretty blunt, asked where I was and told me to look at the powerpoint at the place I was staying in HCMC -- maybe it was a stupid question, but Google told me Vietnam had three different powerpoints depending on where you were, so I wanted to check!
It must have been a bad day when I called Dan. When I arrived I was greeted by Dan and he was awesome. Somehow seemed to know my name when I walked into reception to check-in. He was always pretty busy, but always helpful to everyone.
Eventually, I got to meet John and his wife, the owners, who had been away for a few months -- really great people!
I stayed in the dorm room the entire three weeks. A lot of people would come and go within a few days as they travelled through Vietnam. John had an area setup every night people could go, sit have a drink and chat and solo travellers like me could meet some new people to hang out with.
John's wife was able to arrange an "out of the ordinary" trip to a lighthouse for me. They can also arrange regular local tours, bus tickets and laundry and advice about things to do and see.
I was provided with a safe locker big enough for all my bags, a towel and most importantly a bottle-opener on the keyring (water and other beverages are available in reception). The rooms and bathroom were cleaned daily. The outside areas were perfectly manicured everyday as well!
Right outside the room was the swimming pool, which was great if you just wanted to cool off... if you didn't want to take 10 steps to hit the ocean -- which the resort backs right on to. Where the resort backs on to the beach you can relax on a sunbed or sit on the grass and read or watch people swim or kite surf. The beach was patrolled by friendly locals selling fruit and coconuts and t-shirts.
A computer was available to use in reception and wifi was provided and accessible in my room (and everywhere else).
A security guard also appears every night when reception closes to keep the place safe and I think he also checks people in arriving at weird hours.
Either side you have places to eat. I ate breakfast just about everyday at Joe's (next door) while I sat looking out across the beach. Stepping out the front door, food is everywhere, so you definitely won't starve!
When I checked-out I had to double-check the bill because I thought they left something off! They hadn't, so if was good value too! Right on the beach, clean, safe and friendly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mui Ne Backpackers was one of the first guesthouses to open in Mui Ne, back when Mui Ne was a little-known coconut grove with a few woven huts along the beach. From those early days until now, this family-run property has been one of the most popular budget alternatives to the big resorts that have popped up along the main road. Mui Ne Backpackers has long been recommended by Lonely Planet and other reliable travel guides. Book direct on our website for 1 free Saigon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mui Ne Backpackers Resort - Vietnam-Austria House Hotel Mui Ne