Fey’s Creek: Grand Canyon in miniature or the magic power of Fairy Stream
Known due to the sand dunes and the abundance of kitesurf schools, the fishing village of Mui Ne is also the home of the colorful and calming “Creek of the Fairies”, a fairy water stream painted with clay and limestone particles that drain and pass through rocky sandy formations in its banks.
For a long time, the stream was ignored, and even those who had visited Muinea on more than one occasion did not hear a word about the sightseeing.
Nowadays, after driving over the sand dunes of Mui Ne, turning off the main road and making its way through the bamboo and palm forests, whimsically called “The Fey Stream” resembles a miniature version of the Grand Canyon. As stated at the entrance plate, the stream has a magical power, and some even call it a magical river.
In order not to get confused about where this place is located, be guided by the hotel “Hai Au Mui Ne”, passing in the direction of the fishing village (not in the direction of the resort area), after 200 meters you will meet a nondescript bridge with the same plain-looking sign “Fairy Stream” .
An additional reference point is that local grandmothers trade nearby, baking banana-coconut pancakes with nut stuffing in tents. Nuts are not so many, but do not think that because of this, the sweetness becomes less delicious. By no means! Believe me, after you try a piece, you will remember them more than once, swallowing saliva. What is attractive about the place is that here you will get acquainted with the nature of Vietnam not from afar, but a little closer.
On the way to the waterfall
The depth of the creek is not above the ankle, and only occasionally, in certain places, it reaches the level of the knee. The very bottom is sandy with a fine pleasant sand, so do not be afraid to take off your shoes and walk barefoot, especially since the powdered sand, combined with gentle cool flowing water, creates an inexpressible sensation in the “desert” landscape.
The Chinese, by the way, went further and strolled in their socks. And, for unknown reasons, preference is given to a water color.
At the very beginning of the road, they can embarrass and repel garbage and an unpleasant smell, but such “beauty” is only at first. Further it will be cleaner.
And small Vietnamese kids will argue that the creek is deep and without fail it is necessary to escort the conductor. Do not be fooled. This is a trivial way to cut down a little money from naive tourists. But if their dear company is interesting, bargain for the “services” and go for the study of beauty.
Along the way you will find an aviary with ostriches that live there, on which for an additional fee they will gladly offer you a ride. It's worth the $ 5-7 pleasure.
Besides ostriches, cows are often met. Interestingly, the Vietnamese cows differ from the Russian ones in that almost all of them are hunchbacked and with a dry udder, as in Vietnam there is no tradition of using dairy products and cows, it is simply not milking. And milk, which is sold in stores, a percentage of 80 cases with sweeteners. And one more attraction on the way is a small zoo with a meager, in our opinion, animal diversity. But not ostriches and cows are the main characters of the road.
The main thing is beautiful views of stony-sand canyons
It is here that beautiful photos are made, clips are taken and wedding photo sessions are held. You can easily climb up to the canyons and enjoy the view of the valley from above, and this is another impression.
Well, each path has an end point, a goal for which the event was started. In our case it is a waterfall that is located where the creek ends and coolness is like a reward. After it there is already a dead end and there is no passage, so boldly turn around and step back.
If we conclude, whether to visit the “Stream of Fey” or not, our opinion is definitely worth it. Blessed by mother nature, “Fairy Stream” attracts visitors all over the world all year round. Although it takes a full day to walk, but only two or three hours at most, and pleasure will not cost dong (except for parking for bikes), memories of the soft sand and the orange-red canyon will warm more than one frosty winter morning.