I visited Varkala, Kerala in 2019 and I must admit, I was blown by the panoramic views of the vast blue sea from atop the cliff synonymous with the town. The setting was so overwhelming that I said to myself,” God! Will I ever experience something like this again?” But less than a year later, in January 2020, I was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I met a solo traveller from Germany who strongly suggested that I must spend a few days in Mui Ne before heading north when he came to know about my intention of giving this town a miss.
And I must thank the guy, for Mui Ne turned out to be the love at first sight for me! The scenic beach, the coastal road offering spectacular drives, the sand dunes, the exotic varieties of food, and of course, the carefree vibe of the place–all of it was tempting enough to make me extend my stay at my hostel in Mui Ne where I ended up making some great friends within a matter of a couple of days! I expected the beach town to be a great experience, but I had no idea that it would be so good that I would completely forget Varkala.
It made me realise that if you really want to feel the joy of exploring a place, you have to spend some time with the people who call it home, be it the locals or the travellers who have spent considerable time there. Read on to know why I loved Mui Ne and recommend it as a must-visit place, especially for backpackers.