scene of Bau Trang and Doi Trinh Nu in Binh Thuan Province
of white sand, bushes and beautiful beaches at Bau Trang (White
Lake) and Doi Trinh Nu (Virgin Hill) are the images of Mui
Ne, a village of resorts well-known by local and international
vacationers in Binh Thuan Province.
little further than Mui Ne from the heart of Phan Thiet City,
two sites in Bac Binh District are among the landscapes shimmering
in the sunshine which captivate adventurers looking for a
destination that combines attractions of both water and land.
Bau Trang in
Hoa Thang Village is an irresistibly beautiful lake of sparkling
fresh water, established long ago in the middle of a vast
valley of sand dunes and lined with evergreen pine forests.
From a distance visitors can see the lake, also called Bau
Sen (Lotus Lake) as lotuses grow all around the lake and are
in pinkish blossoms during some months of the year.
A sand dune
seems to cut the lake into two. Local people call these two
parts Bau Ong (Lord Lake) and Bau Ba (Lady Lake), most likely
to show their respect and gratitude to the gods for the life-giving
natural water they and their animals have been blessed with.
lake provides a variety of freshwater fish as well as a source
of fresh water for local citizens, particularly during the
There are small
boats on the lake for visitors to hire, or, they can just
rest under the shadow of the poplar forest by the northern
bank of the lake and enjoy the tranquillity and cool breezes.
On the south
of White Lake are the ruins of a temple believed to have been
built a long time ago to worship the deity Po Nagar, the wife
of the god Shiva, also known as the Goddess of the Cham people.
Meanwhile, east of the lake lies an area comprised of sand
dunes that local residents call Doi Trinh Nu, as this area
has remained nearly untapped.
Itís a great
pleasure to stroll up and down the ridges of sand dunes of
Doi Trinh Nu in the morning and late afternoon, trekking on
the sand dunes in Mui Ne gives travellers the same feeling
but quieter, and the hill is covered with wild bushes here
and there. Local children will lease their plastic boards
to visitors who wish to try some sand skiing.
lotus blooming season, Bau Trang and Doi Trinh Nu are turned
into a picturesque scene, with glorious colours of the lotus
flowers, shimmering sand and the pale blue reflection in the
Bau Trang and
Doi Trinh Nu are now accessible by car or motorbike. Many
resorts and travel companies in Mui Ne offer one-day tours
to their beautiful sites, as well as to other attractions
in Binh Thuan province. (SGT) 25 Oct 07