Detailed instruction for your trip to Mui Ne - The Only White Sand Dunes in Vietnam
One of southern Vietnam’s most popular beaches, Mui Ne, is a 12-kilometre long sweeping bay that boasts beachfront resorts. Twenty years of development have transformed the once sleepy fishing town into a water sports mecca, most notably for kitesurfing. it’s an attractive option for travellers looking forward to jumping into a beach holiday from the city. Let’s figure out all the things you need to know to make your trip to Mui Ne satisfactory and fulfilling.
I. How to get there?
- Motorbike: Mui Ne is about 200km from Ho Chi Minh City and it usually takes a 4 hours drive to get there. It normally costs from 100.000 VND to 120.000 VND/day.
Cars: There are many high quality car companies currently operating the Saigon - Phan Thiet / Mui Ne route. You can easily find the car manufacturers such as Phuong Trang, Mai Linh, - Car: There are many high quality car companies currently operating the Saigon - Phan Thiet/Mui Ne route. You can easily find the car service providers such as Phuong Trang, Mai Linh, Tam Hanh, Hoang Long, Sinh Café with the ticket price ranges from 130.000 VND to 200.000 VND (depending on your choice of seat or bed). Most high-quality car companies have shuttle service to take you to Mui Ne.
- Train: To get to Phan Thiet, you can also choose a train as a means of transportation. However, the limitation of traveling by train is that the train only stops at Phan Thiet station, and from here you have to find a car to move to Mui Ne. Train ticket price ranges from 95.000 VND to 125.000 VND if you start from Ho Chi Minh city.
II. When should you visit Mui Ne?
Mui Ne is characterized by hot windy climate all year round, thus you can travel to Mui Ne at any time. From January to the end of December, the weather is cooler than in other months of the year. April and May are the hottest months with the temperature sometimes reaching up to 29 degrees Celsius. The time from April to August is considered as the best time to travel to Mui Ne. The sea is clear and blue at this time. There might be heavy rains in September, which will make you unable to bathe or swim.
III. Where to stay in Mui Ne?
As one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam, Mui Ne has a wide range of resorts or motels because this place has been planned into a tourist area with a huge number of accomodations for tourists. If you travel in a large group, you should choose cheap rental villas in Mui Ne. This will ensure a truly relaxing space for you and other members since there are so many low-cost villas with good service quality to fulfill your trip. In addition, if you want a cheap and suitable accommodation for your budget, please take considerations of other homestay motels. Below are some famous vacation addresses that we highly recommend for you.
1. Muong Thanh Resort
This is one of the most crowded hotels in Mui Ne. Compared to other resting places, Muong Thanh Mui Ne hotel is highly appreciated for both service quality and price. You will always be best served when you travel here. Therefore, Whatsup Vietnam suggests that you should book a room in advance to avoid running out of rooms in the tourist season.
2. Thao Ha hotel
This is one of the resort hotels located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. This resort provides the most modern and luxurious carefully designed rooms that will brings you the best resting space to relax. With a spectacular view overlooking to the ocean, you can admire the perfect beauty around from the long sandy beach to the cool green hills.
3. Pandanus Resort
Pandanus Resort Phan Thiet is a perfect combination of architecture and art. It is located next to the beach with a large swimming pool and surrounded by silky green coconut trees. Around the villas lay tropical gardens with many herbs of the area. Ancient Champa culture also appear in the architecture here, from the houses to the lobby area. Guests when checking in will enjoy the unique Champa music performed by a local band.
4. Muine Bay Resort
Muine Bay Resort has everything you would desire from a hotel. Spacious rooms with modern furnishings and private balconies, an outdoor pool with a beach bar, a tennis court and business centre, even a free shuttle to Ham Tien Beach. The amazing thing is that you can get all this at a mid-range price! You can spend your days soaking up the hotel and it’s amenities, or you can take a few steps onto the beachfront and enjoy the waves lapping at your feet. (Prices start at $54 for a superior double or twin room).
5. Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort
Victoria Phan Thiet Beach Resort is located along Mui Ne beach with 57 bungalow rooms. The villas have big bedrooms, sofas, a desk, bathtubs, gardens, rooftops, and an outdoor sunbathing room. The Villas are perfect for a family with two to three bedrooms and a private swimming pool.
IV. Best destinations to visit in Mui Ne
1. Hon Rom Island
Hom Rom is one of the most stunning attractions in Mui Ne. This place has a strange charm because there are many stones with strange shape opposite the sea. Especially in the rainy season, the whole mountain is covered by the blue of nature. In sunny days, if you stand from a distance, you will see it look like a giant straw, so the fisherman called this Hon Rom (Straw Island). Hon Rom is not an offshore island but seen as an island as it connects to the mainland by a narrow strip of sand. It is about 30 km from Phan Thiet City. The area features with towering mountains surrounding over 17-km beach, yellow sand and green coconut trees.
2. Suoi Tien (The Fairy Stream)
The Fairy Stream is a rivulet with an extraordinarily beautiful and dream-like canyon in Mui Ne in southcentral Vietnam. This is a place where the wind and rain played and shaped the sand, clay, and limestone into unique formations creating a fairyland. Here you will experience the burst of shapes, colors and shades as the rocks change their colors with sunlight throughout the day. On hiking around the canyon in Mui Ne, you will experience a light-show of whites, oranges, reds, and pinks.
3. White Sand Dunes
Mui Ne Sand Dunes, also known as golden sand dunes, is a tourist destination in Mui Ne Phan Thiet not to be missed in the journey. The beautiful scenery here is the inspiration of so many professional artists with the photos winning a number of glorious prizes. Sand Dunes is a symbol of Mui Ne tourism with sand hills of diverse shapes changing day by day due to the erosion of the wind. Especially, when you come here, you can participate in sand sliding activities that costs only 5.000 VND.
4. Mui Ne Fishing Village
Every morning, fishermen bring the fresh seafood to the shore. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the local’s life. The fishing village in Mui Ne is unique and lovely, and I hadn’t seen a fishing village up so close before. The fishermen will be workking on their tools, fixing their nets, while the women of the village are sorting out the fishes.
5. Poshanu Cham Tower
In the 15th century, the Cham people built a few more temples to worship Princess Poshanu, whom they deeply loved. Therefore, this new cluster is called Poshanu. Poshanu Cham Tower is a group of remnants of ancient Champa Kingdom designed with Hoa Lai architectural style tower - one of the most ancient art works of Champa. Although small and medium sized, Poshanu Tower distilled the quintessence of architectural techniques and decorative arts of the ancient Cham people to create a majestic and mysterious look.
V. Delicious dishes in Mui Ne?
1. Goi Ca – Medium-rare fish rolls
Fishes are removed the bones, then soaked into lemon juice and vinegar until the meat is medium rare, together with other ingredients: green onions, onions. The fishes are rolled with rice sheets and other greens such as cucumber, green banana, star fruit. The essence of the dish is the dipping sauce which is made of sour tamarind juice, banana and milled peanuts.
2. Banh Quai Vac (Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Dumpling)
Banh quai vac is called Vietnamese pork and shrimp dumpling in English. The crust is made of wheat flour and the filling is made of shrimp and pork. Sprinkle onions and fried pork fat on the top, dip it into the sweet and sour sauce, and enjoy!
3. Grilled Pork Spring Roll (Nem Cha Nuong)
Nem cha nuong includes grilled pork, pork bologna, and cha lui. Cha lui is the grilled rice paper roll of shrimp and pork side, which is a famous food in the central coast area. Local people roll nem cha nuong with rice paper, lettuce, herbs, chives, and dip in sour and spicy fish sauce.
4. Mi Quang Phan Thiet – Phan Thiet Tumeric Noodles
Originate from Quang Nam province but the Tumeric Noodles in Phan Thiet is much different from which of Quang Nam. The noodles are rice noodles, which are tinted yellow by turmeric. The broth is made by simmering meat or bone in water for a more intense flavor, seasoned with fish sauce, black pepper, shallot and garlic. Extras ingredients include hard-boiled egg, crushed peanuts, Vietnamese steamed pork sausage, chili pepper or chilli sauce, fresh vegetables such as: water mint, basil, Ipomoea aquatica, Vietnamese coriander, sliced banana flowers, and lettuce. The broth is really sweet in comparision with other regions.
5. Muc Mot Nang (Once Sun Dried Squid)
Another specialty which is also the must-try food in Phan Thiet is once dried squid in the sun. Way to savor this type of dried squid is very simple; you just grill it on coal until it becomes pale yellow and its flavor spreads everywhere. It is better to have a small bowl of fish sauce with chili which well goes with the food.
VI. Kindly note something when visiting Mui Ne
- In the summer months, it often rains in the evening. You should spend time to visit Mui Ne in the morning instead, which would be more approriate.
- Remember to bring sunscreen, a jacket, a mask, sunglasses if you go to the sand hill or Pohsanu tower because it is very sunny withou shady spot.
- The early morning in Mui Ne is usually very stunning and suitable to keep beautiful photos with family and friends. If you want to watch the sunrise or sunset on the White Sand Dunes, you should book a jeep which will facilitate your journey.
- Because of the diversity and difference of each amusement spot, visitors to Mui Ne need to prepare costumes fully so as not to affect the trip. You should bring swimsuits to freely swim and struggle in the blue sea. In addition, visitors do not forget to carry soft and waterproof sandals to facilitate the promenade.
Written by: Hieu La