Southeast Asia is usually associated with a wet, tropical environment, but, in the area of Mui Ne, Vietnam, lays a beautiful desert.
The city of Mui Ne is five hours from Ho Chi Minh City, in the south of the country. Mui Ne is a coastal area, so the houses are along the beach, and the sound of waves can be heard in the distance. Travel a further 45 minutes, and you arrive at Bao Trang,
Bao Trang, or the White Sand Dunes, is one of the only desert areas in Southeast Asia and is a beautiful expanse of dunes and sand. There are no camels here; instead, shepherds herd cows through the sandy expanse.
Perhaps the most striking part of the area is a small lagoon covered in lotus flowers. Beside the lake, there is also a small pine forest that makes the wind cool, even in the hot Asian desert.
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