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Mui Ne listed among world’s best destinations for sand-boarding

The coastal town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam has recently been listed among the best destinations for sand-boarding in the world.

According to the list titled “World’s 10 Best Sandboarding Destinations,” created by the infotainment blog wonderslist.com, sand-boarding is similar to snowboarding, which involves riding down the slope of a sand dune with both legs strapped to a board.

“This recreational activity thrives mostly in the desert and coastal areas where there is an abundance of sand dunes,” said wonderlist.

The list also recommends other places around the world like the Duna Grande in Ica, Peru; the Tattori sand dunes in Japan; the Lucky Bay sand dunes in Australia; the active Cerro Negro volcano in Nicaragua; Death Valley in Chile; deserts in the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai; dunes at Sossusvlei in Namibia; Sandmaster Park in Florence; Oregon, the U.S.; the man-made sand dunes of Hirschau in Germany; and the Great Sand Sea near Siwa, Egypt.

“The Asian country displays its sand boarding culture in the Mui Ne dunes,” wonderlist wrote about Vietnam, mentioning Mui Ne, one of the country’s most famous places for sand dunes. “This place of the Earth is much less popular for this sport compared to its other counterparts elsewhere.”

Sand-boarding is a popular game for tourists visiting the coastal tourism town in Binh Thuan Province’s Phan Thiet City, besides kite surfing, wind surfing, and others.

It costs VND20,000 (US$0.92) to hire a plastic board with no time limit, according to Son T. Luong, who took a trip to Mui Ne late last month.

“It was absolutely lots of fun, I enjoyed the game,” he said. “Had my legs not been so tired, I would have tried it a dozen more times.”

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