When I tell people that Vietnam is a country with diverse landscapes I immediately think of Mui Ne. Who would think that there were sand dunes in Vietnam? Well, there are. Vietnam is full of surprises and Mui Ne certainly isn’t an exception.
Though it doesn’t have a whole lot to do it’s a good stop along any Vietnam trip from north to south or vice versa to break up the longer travel days. It’s a quiet spot where you can easily spend the day seeing everything you need to and a second day is recommended if you just need the time to chill out and recuperate or try some lessons on the water.
Discover what to do in Mui Ne and don’t forget to add this awesome place to your Vietnam itinerary! Plus find all the details on how to get to Mui Ne, how to get around and where to stay in Mui Ne.
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Things to do in Mui Ne
Quad Bike Across the White Sand Dunes
Take a ride on the Mui Ne sand dunes for a thrilling spin through the sand, up and down hills and along the edges of big drops. You always have the option of walking but a quad bike will get you to the top of those huge sand dunes and that you’ll spot and want to go to the top of.
Pro Tip: To save money rent a quad bike with a friend or team up and split the time with a group so you each get a go for a fraction of the price.
Try Kite Surfing or Wind Surfing
When it comes to Mui Ne activities kite surfing or wind surfing are on the top of the list. Get adventurous and give either a go as both are widely popular in Mui Ne as it is one of the top spots in Asia to practice the sports. There are many Mui Ne kitesurfing schools for every level at competitive prices. You can learn more about kite surfing in Mui Ne here.
Wander Through the Fairy Stream
Kick-off your shoes and walk through the crystal clear, ankle-deep water of the Fairy Stream. It may seem like a tourist trap but this is one of the best Mui Ne attractions. It is actually quite quiet so you can enjoy taking in the scenery of the limestone formations around you. The colours mixed together of brown, red and yellow make for Instagram-worthy pictures and there is a small waterfall at the very end.
Ride Down the Red Sand Dunes
Guaranteed you will be offered a plastic sled upon your arrival at the red sand dunes by women and children. If you’re seeking a bit of adrenaline it will be a fun ride down the slopes of sand. Or you can choose to stroll through the sand and see the beautiful views.
Find a Beach to Yourself
The main beach, Mui Ne Beach, will be busy in the morning from the kite and windsurfers but is quiet in the late afternoon and evening. Hon Rom beach is more north, after the red sand dunes and is popular among Vietnamese tourists. Suoi Nuoc Beach is more popular with westerners and has that perfect white sand, it is also just after the red sand dunes.
At the north end of Mui Ne bay you’ll find stunning views over the bay that is filled with colourful fishing boats. It really is a beautiful place to stop even if it is just for a quick picture. But it’s also a good place to catch sunset and sunrise.
Watch Sunset and Sunrise
Sunsets and sunrises in Mui Ne are among the best in Vietnam and you’re spoilt for choices. Choose to sit on the main beach, watch from the fishing village or atop one of the white or red sand dunes for incredible skies. Or if you’re the type of person who likes to have a drink in hand while watching nature’s beauty then there are plenty of restaurants and bars lining the main beach.
Chill Out at Dragon Beach Bar
The main beach is lined with many options of bars and restaurants ready to put a drink in your hand and a plate of fresh seafood in front of you. My favourite is Dragon Beach Bar, part chilled out bar, part club. Find bean bag chairs, daybeds, shisha pipes and even a swimming pool with top DJs playing the tunes. Watch sunset from here, dance into the early morning or listen to the waves crash against the shore.
There are a few things that you will absolutely need while in Vietnam.
Reef Safe Sunscreen: Yes, Vietnam has coral and yes, you should be wearing coral safe sunscreen. I’m not here to lecture you on saving the earth and plants, you know that already. This is just a friendly reminder that you can keep you and the waters safe.
Adapter: Obvi. But seriously people always forget. I like to use a universal adapter so if you don’t have one already get one stat and never worry about it again!
Reusable Water Bottle: This is an essential for ANY trip but even more important for Vietnam because recycling here is not really a thing and when you see the plastic littering this beautiful country you’ll be sad that you’re contributing to the plastic issue. There are lots of places to fill up water bottles.
Mosquito Repelling Bracelets: These are a thing? Totally! Mosquitoes can get nasty in Vietnam and unfortunately can carry diseases. This is the healthiest option because they don’t use deet!
Activated Charcoal: When your tummy is not feeling so great and you may need to run to the bathroom at any second you’ll be happy this is within arms reach. Food issues happen in Southeast Asia and these will help you get back to health and enjoying your vacay in no time.
Travel Insurance: Just don’t travel without it, end of story. But if you need more convincing read this.
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Getting to Mui Ne
For getting around Vietnam I highly recommend bus as it’s cheap, easy and a comfortable way to get around the country. Plus you save money when you take overnight buses and Vietnam has awesome sleeper buses!
There is a bus from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne that is about 5 hours and departs 5 times a day with one being partially overnight. Buses can also be taken from Danang and Hoi An, or basically anywhere in Vietnam!
Another option is the Easy Rider Tour which is extremely popular. You get to experience Vietnam as the locals do and see the county from the back seat of a motorbike driven by a local.
Getting Around Mui Ne
It is Vietnam so rent a scooter and get exploring! Sights are within driving distance with the furthest being the Mui Ne white sand dunes which are about 25km away from the centre. Scooters can be rented at many places such as accommodation along the main strip.
Or if you don’t fancy driving and would like to see all of Mui Ne in one day do a day tour that includes sunrise or sunset and get to experience it all with ease.
Mui Ne Accommodation
Mui Ne is awesome because of its diverse range of accommodation for all budgets. Even at hostels you can get a swimming pool. I highly recommend Mui Ne Backpacker Village because of no bunk beds, great pool, it’s clean and they have private rooms.
I have a more detailed guide on budget to luxury beach resorts that you can read here!
Hostels in Mui Ne
- iHome Backpacker Resort | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
- Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel | BOOK NOW: Booking.com
Mui Ne Hotels
- La Casa del Latino Hotel BOOK NOW: Booking.com
- Mui Ne Resort BOOK NOW: Booking.com
Enjoy your time in Mui Ne!
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