Mui Ne Adventure
Vietnam aint all about Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi and the Hand of God in Danang. There are much more to the beauty of Vietnam especially the beach side and natural wonders. Mui Ne, a coastal town located 200km away from Ho Chi Minh ticks all the boxes for a relaxing trip but still shows signs of charm that would make a fun gateway.
To reach Mui Ne, you need to get on a bus from Ho Chi Minh City – it will take you about 4 hours to get there. The picturesque fishing villages of Mui Ne and Phan Theit have much to offer when it comes to sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment.
Lets get down to details
Location: Phan Thiet, Mui Ne
Distance: 200 km from Ho Chi Minh
How to get there : Bus – Leaves every hour for approx 160,000 VND/way
Now we got that out of the way, lets look at the editor’s choice of what to do in Mui Ne
Sand Dunes Tour
Rent a quad bike and go for an exciting ride through the White Sand Dunes – go up and down the hills, and cruise past the edges of big drops. Once you have had your share of fun at the dunes, just walk over to the lotus pond and spend the afternoon watching the sun go down. Situated just couple of kilometers from the center, the Red Sand Dunes can be explored using plastic sleds or you could walk and enjoy the gorgeous sunset!
You can check out our super affordable Sand Dunes tour here for a mind bogging 7 USD/person only. If you have a group of 4-6 people, save even more with our Private Sand Dunes tour for 21 USD/group of 4 people. We help you save so you can go on Many Trips instead of just One Trip
The Fairy Stream is a wonder to behold! The stream is surrounded by awesome limestone formations. The dazzling display of colors such as brown, red, and yellow will leave you spellbound. The best way to enjoy is to kick off shoes and walk through the clear, ankle deep water.
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If you are looking to spend sometime alone or with your partner, there are numerous isolated beaches where you can relax, go for a picnic, and get the quiet time you are craving for. Hon Rom beach is a popular destination that can be reached by driving past the Red Sand Dunes towards the White Sand Dunes. If you are looking for more entertainment, head to the southern area of Mui Ne Beach where you can find swanky retail outlets selling quality beachwear, clothes, local handicrafts, and jewelry. Thanks to its rock-free waters, Mui Ne Beach is ideal for a day of swimming, kite surfing, kayaking, and surfing. There are amazing restaurants here serving yummy Asian recipes, regional specialties, and fresh seafood from the East Sea. If you are craving something from back home, there are plenty of expat-owned and resort restaurants that offer familiar regional dishes from around the world. Nightlife in Mui Ne is fairly relaxed compared to Nha Trang or Ho Chi Minh, comprising a handful of hotel bars, late-night restaurants, and hippy lounges set along the beach.
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The consistently strong winds of Mui Ne make it great for kite surfing. Perhaps that is why it is known as kiteboard capital of Vietnam! It is apt for water-sport lovers. Seemingly, there are hundreds of beginners and pros clamor for space offshore, diving and dipping, twisting and turning in the surf. Sign up for some quick lesson in one of the many surf schools along the beach! The best time to enjoy kite surfing and other water sports is between the months of November and March, when skies are sunny with strong winds, resulting in optimum temperatures and wave conditions.
Editors note: Excuse the multiple photos but Mui Ne’s kite surf scene is one of my must-go , have-to , get-go thingy whenever I am in Mui Ne – been there, done that and really into it now.
Van Thuy Tu Temple
Don’t miss the largest and oldest whale temple in Phan Thiet! This is unlike any place you have seen as it displays skeletal remains of whales, fishing boats, conical hats, and authentic artifacts from the Nguyen Dynasty like written decrees by 24 former kings, terracotta statues, incense table, lacquered boards, and an antique bronze bell. It was constructed way back in 1662 to pay a tribute to Ca Ong (Lord Whale). A common belief among locals is that whales protect fishermen from bad weather and other dangers lurking in the sea. Main attraction here is a 22 meters long whale skeleton that’s believed to have been the biggest in Southeast Asia. If you are interested, you can visit during ceremonies like Spring Festival, Whale Worshiping Festival, and Peace Prayer Ceremony.
Phan Thiet Market
There are hundreds of stalls in the Central Market at Phan Thiet that sell household items, fresh produce, and local delicacies on a daily basis. It is a haven for seafood lovers – you can find cheaply priced shrimps, squids, fishes, clams, and crabs. Mouth-watering, authentic Vietnamese food is available here such as banh xeo (crispy pancake), mi quang (turmeric noodles), and guoi cuon (fresh spring rolls). Nuoc mam cham (fermented fish dipping sauce), ceramic items, coconut candies, and intricate Cham textiles, make perfect souvenirs.
Ka Ga Lighthouse
This structure is the tallest and oldest lighthouse in Southeast Asia. Take a lovely boat ride to the island it is situated on, enjoy the greenery and magnificence of big rocks, and check out the 360 panorama view of the Ke Ga Beach from the lighthouse for the best Instagram view. Just look at these gorgeous photos!
Po Shanu Cham Towers
After exploring The Prince’s Castle, visitors can easily make their way to other prominent attractions on foot such as the Po Shanu Cham Towers, which were built by the Cham people to commemorate Lord Shiva, Agni, and Nandi, during the 8th century. It consists of three ancient worship towers. The main tower measures 15 meters in height, featuring an altar with several lingams of Lord Shiva while the other two stand at 12 meters and five meters respectively. You will also come across a fortress that was used by French and South Vietnamese troops, along with a memorial in honor of revolutionaries who launched an attack on the fortress back in 1947.
Catch the fishermen in action, and sample amazing seafood at the north end of Mui Ne. It is an incredible place to witness local life, while enjoying fresh sea food. The village has a quaint old world charm and offers splendid views of the expansive coastline lined with swaying palm trees and colorful fishing boats on the water – you shouldn’t miss the sunrise or sunset here. Go to the harbor early in the morning as that is when fishermen come back with live crabs, scallops, groupers, and stingrays. The southern end of this village has a small site covered with eye catching seashells that have washed up on the beach for years. Numerous food carts and open air restaurants are set along the beach, where travelers can sample traditional Vietnamese dishes such as beef pho, banh mi, and a wide range of grilled seafood at affordable prices.
Ta Cu Mountain
It will take you about an hour to travel to the Ta Cu Mountain in Phan Theta that comprises lush rainforests, rare wildlife, limestone caves, and ornate Buddhist structures. You can choose to hike through the rainforest for a couple of hours, or opt for a 10-minute cable car ride and explore the top of the mountain. Along the way, there are several smaller shrines and a local restaurant to stop by for snacks and refreshments. The Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda on top has several worship halls, three entrance pillars, intricate animal sculptures, primogenitor caves, and colorful paintings of deities. Check out the 49-metre-long statue of a reclining Buddha – touted to be the biggest of its kind in Vietnam.
What are you waiting for? Pack your sun lotion, your bikini bottom and go on the next flight out! While you’re at it, check out our No Frills 2 Days 1 Night package to Mui Ne for an affordable 28 USD/person – including accommodation and transport from Ho Chi Minh.