Yesterday was our 19th anniversary. It was a pretty lazy day at the pool at our hotel – The Grace Mui Ne.

Mui Ne is turning out to be a very favorite, special place. It used to be a fishing village, but now is a 10 km strip of beach resorts and hostels of all shapes, sizes, and price points. Right now it seems to be low season because even on Sunday when we arrived the whole strip was pretty dead. Mui Ne is slow and relaxed, and there’s not a whole lot to do. There is a jeep tour that we might check out, and we may surf, but for now we’re enjoying being VERY lazy.

Last night for our anniversary we were prepared to go somewhere “nice” that some new acquaintances recommended, then to a bar called “Pogo” that we had found on our own that looked fun.

While we got ready to go out Tom spotted this sunset:


So, we went to the Dynasty Resort for dinner as planned. There was not a single person there, and a server had to be summoned by security to help us. The scene was picturesque. We ordered a drink and took a look at the menu. Nothing on the menu jumped out at us, so we decided that after this drink we would move on to the bar, hoping they would be serving food. We also noticed that in the 100+ rooms at this massive resort, only three rooms had lights on. Slow season indeed!

Well, this turned out to be the best decision we could have made. We enjoyed this delicious seafood hot pot:


full of the most succulent, authentically Vietnamese broth; shrimp and squid; fresh veggies; and noodles. It was probably the most delicious thing I’ve had to date in Vietnam. Total cost, with two drinks: 100,000 dong, or $4.85. We fed our shrimp tails and other leftovers to a little beach cat who kept us company while we ate.

It was a quiet celebration of a big day. I feel so lucky to have spent 19 years – and so many incredible adventures – with Tom.