I - An overview about Mui Ne Vietnam
Dubbed as the "resort capital", Mui Ne is located 24 kilometers North-East of Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province. To get here from Saigon, you can go by many ways.
1 - Travel from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne
This destination is nearly 200km from Ho Chi Minh city and you can travel here by means of transportation such as bus, train or even by motorbike or car.
How to get to Mui Ne (Source: Internet & Minh Huu)
Bus: Traveling by bus in this case may take about 5-6 hours and cost from 130.000 to 300.000 VND/person/one way (~ $5.6 - 13). You can refer the following buses:
Phuong Trang bus
~ 5.6 USD
9 trips/day at 7 AM, 7:30 AM, 8 AM, 8:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM from Ho Chi Minh city
~ 5.8 USD
8 trips/day at 6:30AM, 8AM, 10AM, 11AM, 2PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:30PM from Ho Chi Minh city
Train: Traveling by train from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne takes about 4-5 hours and costs 170,000 - 280,000 VND (~ 7.3 - 12 USD) depending on the type of seat and cabin. There are 2 trips per day:
- SPT2 departing at 6:40 AM
- SPT4 departing at 7:25 AM
Motorbike or car: This is an interesting choice for those passionate about adventure. and surely leaves you many memorable memories. From Saigon Bridge, you drive along National Route 1A to Binh Thuan province, turn right at Suoi Cat junction and you will come to Phan Thiet City. When you arrive in the city, you continue to drive along Provincial Highway 706 for more than a dozen kms to reach Mui Ne Hills.
2 - Travel from Hanoi
The distance from Hanoi to Mui Ne is about 1500 km. You can choose to move by plane train or bus:
From Hanoi to Mui Ne (Source: Internet)
Plane: Currently the flight route between the 2 destinations has not been operated. Therefore, you have to fly to Ho Chi Minh City or Nha Trang, then rent a car or take a bus or taxi to move. Airfares from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City are averagely about 9 USD/ticket/way and from Hanoi to Nha Trang are about 22 USD/ticket/way (excluding taxes and fees).
Train: At Hanoi Station, there are 4 daily trips to Mui Ne Phan Thiet Vietnam: SE7, SE5, TN1, SE3 departing at 6AM, 9AM, 2:35PM and 10PM respectively. Travel time is about 28 - 32 hours with fares ranging from 26 - 62 USD depending on the seat.
Bus: With the advantage of cheap fares, the bus is still the choice of many tourists. It is quite a long distance so it takes 20-30 hours to arrive, therefore, high quality sleeping-berth buses are always the top priority of companies. You can choose buses at Nuoc Ngam Bus Station such as Hoang Long, Phuong Trang or Mai Linh to go, with fares from only $30.2 - 34.5 /person.
Mui Ne Landscape (Source: Karl JK Hedin)
3 - When is the best time to visit Mui Ne Vietnam?
The climate here is kind of tropical, with lots of sunshine and wind and few storms, which is pleasant. During the hottest summer, the temperature is only from 29 to 30 degree Celsius so it is quite cool. It is great that you can visit this destination at any time of the year. But the best time is from June to July - the peak months of summer, when you can freely swim in the sea and relax on the sand slopes.
II - Top tourist spots in Mui Ne
1 - Beaches
Mui Ne beaches – Bai Rang beach (Source: Guille Álvarez)
Bai Rang Beach
Address: Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province
Rang Beach is the most beautiful beach in Phan Thiet, famous for its beautiful coconut trees running along the coast. That is why the beach is also crowded with visitors to bathe and relax next to the coconut trees every afternoon.
Hon Rom Beach (Straw Beach)
Address: Long Son Hamlet, Mui Ne Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province
The sea is wild and the water is clear and quite eye-catching. It is called Hon Rom since located at the foot of Hon Rom Mountain. In the dry season, the grass on the mountain is burned so it turns yellow and looks like a giant pile of straw from the far, so it has such a name.
2 - King’s Palace (Lau Ong Hoang)
Address: Ba Nai Hill, Phu Hai Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
This place is associated with the childhood of the famous Vietnamese poet Han Mac Tu and is also the inspiration for many of his poetic works. Ticket price to visit King’s Palace is 3,000 VND/child (~ 0.13 $) and 5,000 VND/adult (~ 0.22 $) (Cham Towers sightseeing included).
3 - Sand Dunes
Red Sand Dunes
Address: Quarter 5, Mui Ne Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
The color of the sand here is mainly red, which is a completely natural color, not the reflection of sunrise or sunset so the place is named Red Sand Dunes. When the winds blow, the sand dunes change into many unique shapes. You will encounter beautiful waves of sand or sand prints on undulating sand valleys. Therefore, the place is also called Flying Sand Dunes. Here, visitors can experience sand skiing and off-road riding, which is very interesting.
Sand dune in Mui Ne (Source: Liam Edwards)
White Sand Dunes
Address: Hong Lam Hamlet, Hoa Thang Commune, Bac Binh District, Binh Thuan Province
Like "sub-Saharan Desert", White Sand Dunes, also known as Bau Trang Dunes, is a must-see place when you come to Binh Thuan. Coming here, you will be amazed by the beautiful landscape of small white sand dunes around Bau Trang Lake and the unique activities such as Quad biking, sand-sliding, horse-riding.
4 - Fairy Spring
Address: Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
As a small stream located right next to Hon Rom, Suoi Tien is visited by many tourists because of its wild and majestic beauty. Here, you will experience walking under the cool stream, watching beautiful sand valleys or stalactites of various shapes.
- Adult: 15.000 VND/person (0,64 USD)
- Children: 6.000 VND/person (0,25 USD)
5 - Fishing Villages
Address: Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Mui Ne Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
The best time to visit fishing villages is dawn. You will be watching hundreds of large and small colorful fishing boats gradually docking. Besides, you will also feel the bustling business atmosphere of the people here and you can buy a little seafood to enjoy.
Cham Tower in Mui Ne (Source: Vietravel)
6 - Cham Towers
Address: Ba Nai Hill, Phu Hai Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
Belonging to a group of relatively intact remains of the ancient Champa Kingdom, Cham Towers of Pho Hai (Po Sah Inu tower) was built with a bold ancient architectural style. Although small in size, it demonstrates the sophisticated skills in architecture and decorative art of the Champa people.
7 - Nui Co (a mountain near Nguyen Thong Tomb)
Address: Ngoc Lam Hamlet, Phu Hai Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan
Associated with the ancient public figure Nguyen Thong, Nui Co is the burial place of the old man to his will after his death. For him, Nui Co possesses the most beautiful scenery among the mountains in Phan Thiet where there are many birds and trees with the immense sea at the foot.
III - Top 6 best things to do in Mui Ne beach Vietnam
Off-road biking on sand dune in Mui Ne (Source: TheTracelBugBite)
1 - Go Quad biking (an off-road vehicle for sand hill)
Going there, you should experience off-road biking on sand dunes. This is an extremely fun thrilling game where you will be watching the beautiful sand dunes. Car rental is 650,000 - 850,000/20 - 30 minutes (~ 28 - 36.6 USD). You will be accompanied and guided by a staff sitting right beside you to ensure your safety, so you will be completely assured.
2 - Watching the sunrise and sunset on the sea
No matter which beach you go to, it's always interesting to watch the sunrise and sunset on the sea. Don't forget to take pictures!
3 - Kitesurfing in Mui Ne
If you are not afraid of height and like the thrills then try hovering in the air with paragliding. You will be extremely excited when flying through the long sand swaps, watching the sea and the clear blue sky. It will definitely leave you with unforgettable moments. The price of a paragliding tour here is only about 63 USD.
4 - Enjoying seafood and typical dishes
Being blessed with a long coastline, this destination has a lot of fresh and delicious seafood including king crab, tiger prawn, oysters, etc. The seafood here is quite fresh and processed into many attractive and delicious dishes. The price is not so expensive, but also remember to pay in advance so that you won’t be overcharged. Therefore, coming here you cannot help but enjoy yummy seafood dishes here. In addition, there are also numerous mouth-watering snacks.
Mui Ne food (Source: Lobsterbay)
King crab: Being a renowned and delicious crab in Tuy Phong, Binh Thuan, king crab is rich in nutrients and full of fat tomalleys. Usually king crab is steamed or grilled, dipped with salt and lemon pepper, bringing a nice taste.
Seafood Hotpot: Unlike the usual hotpot dishes you've ever eaten, Mui Ne Seafood Hot Pot includes boiled meat, mango, cucumber, etc., being sliced into a very catchy banana flower. And there is a plate of apricot fish fillet dipped in lemon juice in the middle. When you eat, do not dip the ingredients in the pot, but put them into a bowl, mix well and then water the hot pot broth on top, then enjoy your hot pot.
Vietnamese Soft Rice Paper Rolls: It is made from very simple ingredients such as sticky rice paper, shrimp paste, pork crackling, quail eggs rolled together, but the sticky rice paper has an irresistible taste. You can easily enjoy the dish on the street stalls.
5 - Hot air balloon Mui Ne
Going ballooning to see Phan Thiet city from above is one of the tours that are chosen by many tourists when coming here. Within just 1 hour sitting on a hot air balloon, you can admire the blue sea and white sand from the height of 300 - 500m, which is really great. The current tour price is about 165 USD / person.
Mui Ne bars (Source: Vietnam-Guide)
6 - Enjoying the atmosphere at the local bars
When the night falls, the bars here are warmed up in tumultuous music. Many are designed in a modern and free style such as: Dragon Beach Bar, Chameleon Beach Bar, etc. Come and sway to the music, you will feel much more relaxed.
IV - Top best restaurants in Mui Ne Vietnam
Mui Ne restaurants (Source: Vietravel)
Vietnam Home Restaurant
- Address: 125A Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City
- Contact: 0623 847 687
- Outstanding dishes: Seafood Hot Pot, fish salad, Phan Thiet iguana, etc.
- Average price: 100,000 - 500,000 VND (~ 4- 22 $)
- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (according to tripadvisor.com)
Long Son grilled hot pot restaurant
- Address: Road 706 Hon Rom, Long Son - Suoi Nuoc, Mui Ne Ward, Phan Thiet City
- Contact: 0902 686 489
- Outstanding dishes: grilled dishes, seafood, etc.
- Average price: 100,000 - 500,000 VND (~ 4 - 22 $)
- Rating: 4/5 (according to tripadvisor.com)
Mui Ne Vietnam map