Mui Ne is a relaxed destination by the sea, if you have the time it is definitley worth stopping over for a night or two to break up the long bus journeys.
What we did…
Half Day Trip:
Guesthouses all offered the same trip which covered Mui Ne’s attractions in half a day (either in the am or pm) for just 120,000 vnd per person (there were a few small additional charges to pay for parking). We were picked up in an old open-air jeep and taken to four different attractions:
You can walk to the top of the dunes or pay for a quad bike ride (this was expensive), there are boards to rent for sliding down the steep dunes.
If you take the tour in the afternoon you come here for sunset, there are boards to rent for sliding down the dunes and these are a bit smaller.
There is a brief stop for a photo opportunity and there is a lady selling delicious juices here.
You are given an hour to explore this shallow stream, the colours are beautiful and the current is not too strong. There was a place along the way to ride an ostrich which we thought was a bit weird?!
Compared to other parts of Vietnam these may not the most exciting places to visit, but they did offer some great photo opportunities. For the price and time required it was well worth doing, it was also a great way to meet other travellers.
We preferred the pool at our accommodation to the beach due to the lack of shade and that the nicest parts of the beach were taken over by resorts. However, there were lots of kite surfers which were fun to watch and lessons were being offered.
Mui Ne is worth a quick stop over to break up the journey between Ho-Chi Minh and , depending on your itinerary, either Dalat or Nha Trang. It is on the main bus route making it hassle free to stay a night or two, costs 200,000 per person, and takes 5 hours.
Where to stay:
The main part of Mui Ne consists of one long main road with the beach on one side and guesthouses and restaurants on the other. Fancier hotels are on the beach front while budget options are on the other side. As everywhere is walkable it does not really matter where along the road you stay.
Our favourite thing about Mui Ne was the guest house that we stayed at ‘Mui Ne Hills.’ It had two swimming pools, a great social vibe and could arrange trips and onward transport easily. When we stayed it cost 14 gbp per night for a double room with air-con, but there were also dorm rooms available. We also ate here each night as it was good quality and cheap.
Where To Next?
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