Mui Ne is a beautiful seaside town located in southern Vietnam, where you can relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy delicious seafood at low prices. Not just that but you can also visit many other places in Mui Ne like gorgeous red dunes. Let me tell you about it! 😉
To be honest, I thought I was just going to pass by Mui Ne on my motorcycle trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat. But I ended up staying much longer than I had expected and this blog post is just about that. I’m going to tell you why I liked this town in a minute but first, here are some good addresses if you’re looking for accommodation in Mui Ne.
If you are on a budget, the best place to stay the night in Mui Ne is Backpacker Village. A dorm bed costs about $4.5 per night which is really one of the lowest rates in the city. And as you can see in the picture above, the hostel has a great swimming pool and a lovely setting, although make sure to book ahead of time because rooms sell out really quickly.
If you are traveling with a group of people or want more comfortable accommodation, you can book at the Bamboo Village Beach Resort. As the name suggests, it is a seaside resort where you can enjoy a beautiful beach only steps away from your room.
You’ll be staying mostly in bungalows where you will enjoy all the comfort of a hotel, surrounded by a very natural setting.
If you have booked your accommodation in Mui Ne, let’s start our visit right away and discover the places I loved most about this town.
Mui Ne Vietnam – The Beach
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/kCdsMqG7tH12
As you can see in the map below, Mui Ne is located at the end of a small bay in southern Vietnam. The most pleasant beaches in the region are actually in that bay (left side) and not in the city, so to speak. For your information, the beaches of Mui Ne are lined with hotels and resorts but you can still manage to find quiet places where you can enjoy a nice little quiet swim.
Mui Ne Vietnam – Fairy Stream
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/tRDuFkyEo6v
The Fairy Stream is a stream of water at the entrance to the city and running through several hundred meters of canyons and cliffs. It’s kind of a miniature Grand Canyon where you can go for a walk in nature, along the water current.
I asked where the Fairy Stream got its name from but no one could answer me. Apparently, the stream being a remote spot, it is said to have been home to fairies. They would live in the weirdly shaped rocky structures you can see on the banks of the stream.
Anyway, the walk was very nice and I didn’t meet many tourists either so don’t hesitate to go all the way up to see this nice little waterfall.
Mui Ne Vietnam – The Fishing Port
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/CXtnsbMdpUA2
The fishing port is one of the most interesting places to visit in Mui Ne. It was a fishermen village before it became a tourist city, by the way. You will notice many fishing boats sailing out every day towards the coast. You will also notice that many fish are kept to dry in the sun everywhere around the port.
It is thanks to this very active fishing port that you can eat delicious fish and seafood at very low prices in Mui Ne. The fishing port is mostly active during the morning of course. But the view of the port at the end of the day is also memorable. You pick your favorite time to visit! 😉
Mui Ne Vietnam – The Red Dunes
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/Y1EJQTGdhxJ2
This is undoubtedly the attraction that surprised me the most in Mui Ne. Traveling to Vietnam and around Asia, I really didn’t expect to see desert landscapes like these here. These red dunes were actually formed by the erosion due to the strong and constant wind coming from the Pacific Ocean. If you happen to visit the dunes, you’ll see what I mean. I mean you’ll feel it! 😉
Of course, the best time to visit these beautiful red dunes is at the end of the day, when the sun sets. I remember the clear sky and the beautiful shades of blue and orange all over the dunes. A truly unique and remarkable moment.
Mui Ne Vietnam – The White Dunes
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/TNBdDRVj7412
For the same erosion reason I mentioned earlier, white dunes have also formed near Mui Ne to form a landscape that is even more reminiscent of the Sahara. The color of the dunes depends on the type of rocks that have been eroded by the ocean wind.
The white dunes cover more land than the red ones, and they are so much worth a visit! The only issue is that they are quite far from the city. You’ll need to travel about 30 kilometers for around an hour to visit them.
The Local Market
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/M7NkjGHyfoJ2
I am a big fan of exotic fruit and I cannot visit a city without looking around for its market. I did some shopping there every day. I particularly enjoyed the dragon fruits I found there (picture on the left), the lychees (picture on the right), the mangoes and also the local avocados. A real pleasure to the eyes but also (and especially) to the taste buds! 🙂
Hom Rom Beach
Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/CcyGjYBZKFL2
Any surf lovers around here? I recommend you give Hom Rom Beach a try. The wind blowing over Mui Ne makes of this beach a popular spot among kite surf lovers. Truth is, I don’t know much about it but I loved watching surfers fly around.
I think I told you everything about the beautiful city of Mui Ne in Vietnam. I have great memories of the town and I strongly encourage you to go and spend some time there.
If you have questions about things that I have not covered in this blog post, feel free to post a comment below.
Have a nice trip to Vietnam! 🙂
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