Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ATV adventures in Mui Ne

Considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in the central coastal province of Binh Thuan, the Mui Ne Ward of Phan Thiet Town is most famous for its vast sand dunes.

Situated just 10 kilometers from the heart of Phan Thiet, one of the largest sand dunes of Mui Ne stretches over an area of 10-hectares with breathtaking views of the seascapes.

One of the best ways to get around the dunes, and by far the most fun, is to rent a four-wheel, all terrain vehicle (ATV).

Seeing a demand for a greater range of tourism services, Binh Thuan authorities have licensed the local Mico Company to offer rental services for the four-by-four vehicles.

Fitted with high-power engines, ATVs are specially designed to overcome challenging terrain and can handle a wider range of road surfaces than other vehicles. Great for adventure-lovers, ATVs offer a fun way to explore the sand dunes and make for an especially exhilarating way to travel along the beach.

One visitor named Van tried the activity for the first time last February when the company began offering the service, and said he found the ATVs thrilling.

“Me and my girlfriend tried it out,” said Van. “At first, it felt really difficult to control, but when you get used to it, what you gain is terrific. A little danger like this makes our vacation much more exciting,” Van added.

According to Mico Company, the cost of renting a four-wheeler depends on how long the drivers wish to use it. The company charges VND175,000 (US$9.84) for 10 minutes, VND350,000 ($19.70) for 30 minutes, and VND600,000 ($33.75) per hour. In the near future, Mico says it will begin offering other leisure activities such as camel rides.

For more information on renting an all-terrain vehicle in Mui Ne, contact the company at (062) 3 374 3511.


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