Mui Ne: Tips & our honest experience report

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The bathing resort of Mui Ne on the southeast coast of Vietnam divides opinions. While Mui Ne is the ideal beach destination for some to end a trip to Vietnam, others don’t feel comfortable there at all. A little spoiler in advance: we count ourselves more in the second category.

Mui Ne disappointed us on the whole. An uncharming seaside resort that feels more like Russia than Vietnam; plus a beach, which is quite nice, but didn’t really knock us off our feet. To make it short: We personally just didn’t warm up to Mui Ne.

In this blog article we tell you about our personal experiences and tell you our tips for your trip to Mui Ne. As always, just because one place didn’t really inspire us doesn’t mean that it applies to everyone.

1. Mui Ne: One of the most famous seaside resorts in Vietnam at a glance Mui Ne is located in the south-east of Vietnam, around 200 Kilometers from Saigon away. Mui Ne was once a tranquil fishing village. In the meantime, countless hotel complexes and accommodations have settled along the kilometer-long beach . You can already imagine what follows now: Mui Ne is very touristy.

We read many times before our trip that Mui Ne is like that something like the perfect beach destination. Personally, we would only subscribe to that to a limited extent. Yes, if you stay in a nice hotel on the beach, you can really have a relaxed time in Mui Ne. (Our personal hotel tip follows at the end of this blog article. If we hadn’t had such a wonderful bungalow, we probably would have left much sooner.)

But we want to be honest: We have seen nicer beaches. During our visit, Mui Ne Beach was reasonably clean – depending on the season, however, the Southeast Asian waste problem should also be an issue here. By the way: Mui Ne is a very popular travel destination for kite surfers. The waves are said to be particularly attractive here – but unfortunately we can’t speak from experience.

Russian guests in Mui Ne: Our personal experience Mui Ne. Or: Why on earth are there so many guests from Russia here? Without wanting to exaggerate: We personally felt like we were in a Russian seaside resort in Mui Ne. (Russian Ballermann is probably more appropriate – because the guests around us were not averse to alcohol.) Everything is written in Cyrillic script , simply everything. The Vietnamese waitresses happily throw around Russian greetings in order to wedge hungry people. It’s really strange!

During our visit (this may have changed again by now!), a majority of the tourists came from Russia. We have nothing against the Russians, no. But we do have something against it if you don’t feel like you’re in Vietnam anymore. It’s just annoying to only hear Russian when you’re in Vietnam. We had prepared ourselves for the worst, but we have to admit: YES, it bothers us and NO, we didn’t feel particularly well.

How to get there: How do I get to Mui Ne? Mui Ne currently owns (May 2020 )) no own airport. Most guests travel to Mui Ne via Saigon. The arrival by bus is the most common. From Saigon there are numerous daily bus connections to Mui Ne. The journey time is approximately 5 to 6 hours. In Vietnam, for example, we liked to travel with the bus company Phuong Trang (Futa Lines). The price for the route is approximately 25 .000 VND.

Less popular but more attractive is the Arrival by train. Mui Ne itself is not connected to the rail network, but there are two train stations in the vicinity: If you are coming from Saigon, the train station in Phan Thiet is the destination of your Choice. Those coming from the north of Vietnam should head for Binh Thuan railway station. It takes about 4 hours by train from Saigon to Phan Thiet. The last piece (round 25 kilometers) you have to cover by bus or taxi. The downer: There is only one train a day and it leaves Saigon at 6: 40 o’clock in the morning.

How do I get from A to B in Mui Ne? Mui Ne extends for many kilometers. You can only reach a fraction of the entire place on foot. We ourselves rented a car with a private driver for a day trip and covered shorter distances by scooter . Traffic in Vietnam is dangerous – we would only recommend riding a scooter if you are reasonably proficient.

2. Activities in and around Mui Ne: Our tips You can easily visit the most important sights of Mui Ne Explore in one day as part of a guided tour or on your own. We ourselves were traveling with a private driver , but next time we would probably get around more individually. So you don’t have to stick to the time suggestions of your driver at every sight, but are flexible and can take as much time as you want. We have listed the attractions in the order of our visit.

Red Canyon Our first stop was the so-called Red Canyon (not to be confused with the Fairy Springs, which we will talk about later). The Red Canyon is a washed out river bed. Apparently there was once a really impressive Red Canyon in Mui Ne, but it can no longer be visited. The smaller counterpart to this is this miniature Red Canyon.

It is on the way to the sand dunes (roughly 10 kilometers to Mui Ne). Our summary: You can stop for a short photo stop, but the canyon is definitely not a big highlight. We have also read that the canyon is sadly said to be very littered by now.

White & Red Sand Dunes The White Sand Dunes are probably that most famous highlight around Mui Ne. Let’s put it this way: If you’ve never seen sand dunes, they are round 30 meter high dunes definitely quite impressive. However, we have to admit that the experience loses its fascination once you have been to the desert (like us).

At the entrance you are surrounded by wildly gesticulating quad bike vendors who want you to believe that it is impossible and far too strenuous to scale the sand dunes on foot. We didn’t bother and set out on foot – not least because we find the noise the quads make terrible. Should you decide to ride a quad: The price for this is 140. VND per person – and that for just a few hundred meters.

Our tip: If possible, we would probably go to the Sunrise coming. In good light, we definitely imagine the experience to be more impressive. The fewer people there are, the fewer quads there are and the quieter it is.

The less impressive counterpart to the white sand dunes are the red sand dunes. To be honest, we only stopped here for a short photo stop. The white dunes are definitely more worth seeing.

Fairy Springs (Suoi Tien) We personally really liked the so-called fairy tale spring (often called Fairy Springs or Fairy Stream locally). Here you wade upstream through ankle-high water past rock formations. At the end you will come to a tiny waterfall before going back the same way.

On our visit in the late afternoon there were only a few other guests on site. So we experienced the place very quiet. However, we have already read reports that it is supposed to be very crowded during the day. Admission is 05 .000 VND per person.

Fishing Port At sunset we can recommend a visit to the fishing port. This is at the eastern end of the beach, just before the headland. The hundreds of colorful fishing boats in the sea are a pretty impressive photo motif. Here you get an insight into the authentic life of people away from beach tourism.

3. Hotel tip for Mui Ne That we actually experienced our time in Mui Ne quite relaxed we owe to our accommodation, the Bao Quynh Bungalow. We really felt at home there and can highly recommend this hotel to you.

The complex consists of several bungalows, which are located in a very well-kept and idyllic garden located directly at the sea. You can spend the night in the Beach Front Bungalows with a view of the sea. Although the hotel is a few years old and not brand new, it is very well maintained. The staff also deserves praise, and they really tried their best during our visit.

Our conclusion: Although Mui Ne didn’t impress us, we can really recommend this hotel. Especially outside of the high season, the price-performance ratio is really great.

You can book the accommodation here: Bao Quynh Bungalow

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Have you ever been to Mui Ne? If so, we are very curious about your experiences! Did you like it? Or do you have any other tips? We look forward to your comment!2017