I’m laying with on my back on the floor, and aloe vera gel packets on every section of my face except for two openings for my nostrils; it’s a good thing I’m not claustrophobic. I’m in another world, I’m relaxed, I’m happy, I’m lucid, and I realize that I’m listening to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits played by a flute.  Wow…I really am lucid. Is this real or some weird form of pleasure filled torture?

This was my latest spa experience in the resort town of Mui Ne Vietnam. It left me humming Whitney Houston songs for the remainder of the day. Overlooking the choice of muzac, the spa was wonderful, relaxing, and cheap – everything a spa should be in Southeast Asia!

Veronique and I traveled to the beach resort town of Mui Ne for the weekend. We had booked a newly constructed resort on the beach arrived there via bus from Saigon. It’s only a 4 hour drive, so a great weekend getaway. The Allez Boo resort was as nice as I had expected. The beach was big, cool, and stunning as expected. What I didn’t expect was the fact that I had walked into the Russian tourist destination of choice! Mui Ne was like a little Russia – signs and menus were all in Russian; hell, I wouldn’t have been surprised if Putin was vacationing there in his too tight speedo. I can’t tell you how strange it is to be in Vietnam and be surrounded by Russians. Did I drink too much and somehow wander onto the wrong bus bound for Moscow? The nice thing is that it made our little weekend trip even more of a cultural experience. The Orient meets the Iron Curtain.

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