Why Mui Ne?
Mui Ne is a beach town located about 220km (4 hours) outside of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s known for kite surfing, sand dunes, and really fresh seafood.
We decided to take a trip for New Year’s since we hadn’t been to the beach in Vietnam yet.
We were greeted with grey skies and rain, rain, rain! My friend who lives there told us everything was beautiful and clear right before we came, and naturally was beautiful and clear when we left again.
So it wasn’t exactly the beach holiday we were so hoping for. Of course, we made the best of it anyways. We took a plane to HCMC then took the Futa Bus to Mui Ne. It was an easy bus ride compared to other long hauls we’ve been on. The bus wasn’t whipping around any insane cliffs so that’s always a plus!
We booked a private room at the Hoang Nga Guesthouse which was a treat for the price and location! It was incredibly clean, and had the comfiest bed in Vietnam. Which isn’t saying much if you’re used to Sealy, but was a nice change of pace. We were able to rent a motorbike from them as well (which you shouldn’t do if you’re not licensed to drive).
Looking for the beach
If you’re coming for the beach, you have to hunt for it. Most of the oceanside is owned by hotels/hostels/resorts. And it reflected in the amount of people crowding the place. Rent a bike and drive away from the center of town, park on the side of the road and get some untouched and still beautiful beachside.
If you’re looking for isolated and low-key, this probably isn’t the place for you. Maybe it was the time of year, but it was filled with people. And those people were not Vietnamese. Expat and tourist central.
White Sand Dunes
We took our bike and drove to the sand dunes on our second morning there. Take the road by the water and drive by land being prepped for resort building, the beach, and cows. On the way back, we took the main road and got pulled over by the Vietnamese police looking for a bribe. So, don’t take the main road. Carry a set amount of dong with you. When they ask you for a million (or more!), empty your pockets and say you only have 300k. Cry if necessary. If you speak a language other than English, speak that only.
So, the sand dunes. You have to pay to get in, then you pay to get a jeep or ATV to the top of the dunes. When you get there, it’s undeniably the dunes. It was stunning to be so close to the beach and just be surrounded by a totally different terrain. If you don’t mind the walk and aren’t looking for an ATV thrill, I would recommend just walking up there.
This place had been high on my list when I researched moving to Vietnam. It did not let me down. It was the first time I’d ever seen something like this. I do not recommend skipping it!
Cheaper than Hanoi
Surprisingly, even though it was packed with visitors, Mui Ne was still shockingly cheaper than Hanoi. We got 90 minute massages for 130k each! The place was clean, the staff was pleasant, and it felt more like 120 minutes.
The food style is very seafood-based, since it’s by the beach so that’s a given. It was a lot of fun to each food that was so much more fresh and light than in Hanoi. There’s also a food-court style place on the main street that is worth visiting. If you’ve been traveling for a while and need a break from the local cuisine, this is the place to go.
Thank you Mui Ne
Overall, Mui Ne was a fun time but could have been better if not for the weather. There’s not an exorbitant amount of things to see, but food and beach are plenty. If you just want to get away and relax for a little, this is probably the place for you.
There’s definitely a lot of terrain to explore and I’d love to hear about any of your experiences!
We’ll be back to try again. And for more cow pictures.