The best of the Gulf of Thailand beaches, Mui Nai is 8km west of Ha Tien. The water is incredibly warm and becalmed, so great for taking a dip, and the beach is much improved thanks to several tonnes of sand from Phu Quoc Island, all set beneath a canopy of lofty palms. There are beaches on both sides of the peninsula, lined with simple restaurants and guesthouses, according to Lonely Planet.
Mui Nai beach (also known as Loc Tri) is one of 10 beautiful spots of Ha Tien which was written the poem “Loc Tri Thon Cu” by poet Mac Thien Tu. Mui Nai beach is not wide, having light waves with dark brown sand. When the wave rises, sweeping in the sand, black color is displayed. According to the locals, this is due to the black sand containing a lot of mud; it is very good for people’s skin.
The origin of the beach’s name
In the past, this area was vast wetlands and clouds. There was a fawn (baby deer) that descended from the god deer used to come here for drinking water. One day, the baby deer was too passionate about the beautiful nature of the sea and the sky in Ha Tien, it forget the time of closing the forest gate and could not come back to the forest.
Sadly, the baby deer went back to the beach, lounging stroll. But the night sea was not romantic and calm because of the strong wind season. The wind blew strong, the wave was roaring. The little deer fell down into the sea. From that on, people called this area: Mui Nai (mean the baby deer beach). Today, when walking to the top of the opposite side, you will enjoy a panoramic beach view. The far mountain still has the shape of the little deer is drinking, according to Dalat Trip.
Characteristics of beach
The sand in Mui Nai beach is dark brown when the wave rises up; sweeping in the sand, a black color appears very strange. According to the locals, this is due to the black sand containing a lot of mud. This mud is an excellent skin conditioner. In a day, you cover your body with the sand on the beach, you not only have extremely tanned skin but also have a mud bath freely, refreshing.
In Mui Nai beach is also very convenient, next to the beach is the small market selling all the fresh seafood such as fish, squid, shrimp, oysters…. Though the seafood is not as much as other places they are affordable and delicious.
Ha Tien is the special offer of nature therefore this area not only has seafood but also has Mui Nai jaggery water which is very typical of the Mekong Delta.
Mui Nai prides itself on security issues. The street vendors, lottery sellers, or beggars are not allowed to appear in a beach area. Luggage and personal belongings of tourists are always placed in a state of safety. It is important to help you rest assured when bathing.
Being quiet and natural, this becomes a glamorous characteristic for those who want to come back to nature, to Mui Nai. But if you want to enjoy the romantic feeling of the sea, you should wait until the afternoon. Sitting on the sand, being silent, and hearing the wind playing in the waves, the seagulls fly in the sky over the poetic sea. Then, the sunset comes gradually, being red of the airspace.
Activities for tourists on Mui Nai Beach
There is one thing about Mui Nai environmentally friendly-minded travelers should know. That is the beach used to be full of garbage. Much effort was expended to turn it into a clean and beautiful beach.
Aside from white sand and crystal-clear sea, Mui Nai has a pleasant climate all year round. Mui Nai is now a tourist spot offering tourists various forms of watersports, such as paragliding, jet-skiing, flying boat, and alpine coaster system.
For visitors who want to enjoy the wonderful feeling of the sea, the beach is a perfect venue for watching the sunset. As almost all the beaches in Vietnam are in the east, tourists can contemplate beautiful scenes of sunrise. Mui Nai is different. It is in the southwest and offers a gorgeous view of the sunset. It is arguably one of the beaches in Vietnam having the best sunset view. Sitting on the sand and watching the setting sun while hearing sounds of sea waves slapping will definitely allow one to get into peace of mind.
Mui Nai also has other places to discover. After swimming in the blue sea, playing sea sports, and admiring the sunset, visitors may explore a fishing village and a market nearby where they can watch local lifestyles and try local specialties, according to Vietnamnet.