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Mui Ne, Such a Paradise

Updated on April 18, 2017
Towards the paradise Photo: Huynh Hoang Long
Towards the paradise Photo: Huynh Hoang Long

Pack your stuff and get your trip started!

Being about 193 kilometers far away from Ho Chi Minh City to the northeast, there lies a strip of sandy and windy beach named Mui Ne (Mũi Né in Vietnamese). Since the astronomical event called the Total Solar Eclipse occurring on October 24, 1995 - as both domestic and abroad tourists altogether flocked there to see, Mui Ne has owned its reputation as an excellent vacation destination. This prominence has since then increased a great deal of tourist infrastructure vigorously. There are plenty of famous glamorous resorts around there so as to serve the haves who can financially bear the luxury and costly elegance. However, as an office guy who ekes out a meager living, I cannot afford to rest at such a comfortable resort, so I choose to visit Mui Ne with more experiences and in a low-cost way. Just follow me hereinafter to get something for your reference.

Of course, it's easier for you to book a tour to this travel paradise. Or else, you can grasp a bus ticket whose price is around VND140k, you then end up sitting on a coach and heading to the east. It takes you nearly 5 hours to get there by coach on the national highway A01. The only thing you do is to sit for a while taking a nap, and there you are in a resort. It's no fun, right?

A scenic view toward the sea
A scenic view toward the sea | Source
Wide-eye-spreading view
Wide-eye-spreading view | Source
The sea! the sea!
The sea! the sea! | Source

Well, it's suggested to take a trip by motorcycle. As staying in Ho Chi Minh City, you come to book a hotel in Mui Ne on the Internet, and then hire a motorbike which charges roughly VND80k - VND150k per day. Fueling the vehicle, you then find yourself running on the A-1 highway bound for Binh Thuan Province. You can carry on the road to get there in 5 hours, but it gives you no more fun. You'd better turn right at Vung Tau Crossroads to the east, follow the road through Ba Ria Town in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province, to Lagi Town in Binh Thuan Province.

Along the way through Binh Chau - Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve which hosts several natural landscapes such as Binh Chau Hot Springs (Suối nước nóng Bình Châu) or Coc Lake (Hồ Cốc), you can stop by to take scenic photos or even bathe in a hot spring. The other end of the national road 55 is joined by the national highway A-1 as it bends westward at La Gi Town. If you have a lot of time to spare, well, don't forget to pass by La Gi Coastal Town for sightseeing. Otherwise, just stick to the highway that leads you to Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan Province, from which Mui Ne is about 10 kilometers away to the east.

Mui Ne

A closer look at a small resort
A closer look at a small resort | Source
An Evergreen field by the sidewalk
An Evergreen field by the sidewalk | Source
Some boutiques for shopping
Some boutiques for shopping | Source
The sea is calling you
The sea is calling you | Source
It's nice to look from this perspective.
It's nice to look from this perspective. | Source
Another view toward Hon Rom
Another view toward Hon Rom | Source
Lush green bushes abound within a resort
Lush green bushes abound within a resort | Source
You look for a place to hide yourself, don't you?
You look for a place to hide yourself, don't you? | Source
A nice shop for souvenirs and water-sport stuff
A nice shop for souvenirs and water-sport stuff | Source
Another owned by a Russian
Another owned by a Russian | Source
A nice resort to linger
A nice resort to linger | Source
A thatched cottage looks cool and catchy
A thatched cottage looks cool and catchy | Source
Another thatched cottage stands by the sidewalk
Another thatched cottage stands by the sidewalk | Source
An abandoned resort of restaurant
An abandoned resort of restaurant | Source
A public beach hosts a rocky dock
A public beach hosts a rocky dock | Source
Tourists and locals alike hide under shades of coconut trees along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street
Tourists and locals alike hide under shades of coconut trees along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street | Source

What to do there

Once being holed up at a hotel, you then look for a place to lunch. There are several local eateries along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. You're concerned about being charged an arm and a leg, aren't you? Don't worry! The locals are friendly and honest, you're gonna fill your empty stomach up with a bunch of local dishes. The price per dish costs around VND30k - VND50k (approximately 2 or 3 bucks). Most dishes involve sea fish, so remember to try them out. Actually I love the sour and sweet soup (or canh chua in Vietnamese) whose fish is fresh and tasty.

In the afternoon, you must go for some water sports like windsurfing or kitesurfing. The climate there is so hospitable with brilliant sunshine in daylight and fresh coolness at night. Especially, the sea is little 'naughty' as winds constantly come up and stir waves up toward the shore. Moderately high waves allow you to surf around on a board or even to fly you up high into the navy blue sky as you hover above the endless sea under a colorful surfing kite. The beach covers a strip of white soft sand to which ocean waves continually roll over, and finally burst into thousands of white bubbles. Or you can go canoeing or, simply, swimming in the turquoise water. Each of them may cost you several bucks to have a ride.

The sea is calling you
The sea is calling you | Source
Dancing with the waves
Dancing with the waves | Source
Strolling down the beach
Strolling down the beach | Source

After coming back the hotel for a freshwater bath and dressing yourself, you wind up hanging around the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street at dusk. Actually there isn't much to do at Mui Ne since most bars and pubs stay at the downtown of Phan Thiet City. You, however, get engaged in some relaxing activities at night after a whole day traveling and playing sport. It's high time to wine and dine! Just make your way to the Curb (Bờ Kè), a popular sidewalk which abounds in seafood. You must try some lobsters there. They are fresh and 'delish'. Or you give it a go for local delicacies, including the giant mud-skippers (cá lòi) that are broiled and dressed with cooking oil and chili, or crabs, oysters (hàu) or snails. And for Vietnamese people, partially-dried quids that are broiled always become the first choice ever for a drinking party. Just browse seafood stands around there, then pick what you like for dinner and then enjoy your night.

Seafood!!!!!!!!!!

Fresh seafood
Fresh seafood | Source
Reasonably-priced seafood
Reasonably-priced seafood | Source
Fresh and delish lobster
Fresh and delish lobster | Source

Souvenirs

Apart from dining out, you can shop for souvenirs along the street where some gift stalls stand with a battery of jewel and jade. Yeah, you can both take photos and buy some gifts for friends and family. The prices seem reasonable, though you can try bargaining.

After stuffing your bag with indigenous souvenirs, you should pass by one of cafés for a drink and relax with music. There's loads of coffee shops spotted on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, several of which are run by foreigners. Also, if you like funky music, just drop by one of bars and pubs there to have some beer and meet other foreigners.

And after all, you're tired of walking, well, get your bike and have a ride around Mui Ne. Especially, in the middle of a lunar month when the moon rises and shines brightly over the coastal town, you can tour around on Vo Van Kiet Street through sand dunes and end up at a dock to watch the sea twinkle under the moon. If you don't want to ride anymore, don't mind hailing a taxi which doesn't cost you much to travel. Then get back to the hotel and rest yourself for a joy-filled day to come.

Jewelry stalls for souvenirs
Jewelry stalls for souvenirs | Source
Nice stuff to shop around
Nice stuff to shop around | Source
Jades and Jewels
Jades and Jewels | Source
Nice rings or laces
Nice rings or laces | Source
Or some indigenous stuff
Or some indigenous stuff | Source

Anything else interesting to do

As having some comfortable sleep in the hotel, you're now full of energy and ready for another day with heaps of activities. Wrap up some essentials for an outdoor tour, then get out for breakfast. You can have something to bite at the hotel, for example, bread and omelet. Or else, ride your bike to a nearby eatery for some fish noodle. It's just worth about VND20k. Now energize the motorbike, and go for a ride!

There are several tourist destinations you must pay a visit to. First you can ride along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, then follow on Huynh Thuc Khang Street to see a fair number of spectacular landscapes. That Mui Ne is a curly stretch of beach, offers you plenty of picturesque beauty for sightseeing. You can feel a distinctive touch of the sea over your skin as running along the beach. Then you go under shades of coconut trees fringing the main streets, looking over the sidewalk toward the seemingly endless sea curbed by a broad band of sand. Surly, you will never forget such fantastic scenery.

You must visit Fairy Stream (or Suối Tiên in Vietnamese) that is located nearly to Hon Rom Resort (Hòn Rơm). There you end up walking barefoot through a natural shadow stream that starts somewhere deep inside reddish hills. Along the stream, the nature looks amazing as the dark orange of sand hills clashes with the lush green of coconut trees and leafy bushes. Walking some distance deep onto the stream, you're gonna see these hills change their shapes and colors, and you can feel as if walking in heaven. Anyway, don't forget to take some photos there.

Fairy Stream

An overview of the Fairy Stream (Photo: Online)
An overview of the Fairy Stream (Photo: Online)

Sand Sliding

You're looking for some adventure, huh? Alright! Now ready yourself for a slide on a steep sandy slope. Come to the Flying Sand Hill (Đồi cát bay) that is also near the Fairy Stream and Hon Rom Resort. To start you must hire a canvas board that is sold around by cute local kids with only VND10k. Then clamber up to the top of a sand hill where you sit down and let yourself slide downward on the board. As winds rise bringing the coast smell and, of course, tiny pieces of sand altogether caressing your face. Well, you'd better wear a pair sunglasses or even goggles. Otherwise, just close your eyes and enjoy the slide.


Climb and Slide

Sand Sliding (Photo: online)
Sand Sliding (Photo: online)

Other places

The aforementioned places can bring you lots of terrific fun and exhilarating experiences. Still, there remain other places you can decide to visit. Some of them are located in the downtown of Phan Thiet City, some are quite far away. For instance, you can make it to Cham temple to learn more about Champa Civilization. Or you can pay a visit to Lotus Swamp (Bàu Sen) to admire such breathtaking beauty of nature which highlights fragrant lotus in full blossom. Then you should travel to Ke Ga Cape that is about 30 kilometers far away to the south. Remember to visit this place and take a boat tour to the lighthouse to welcome the sunrise and bid farwell to the sunset. You just make a day trip, then come back to Phan Thiet City or Mui Ne at twilight.

It doesn't matter if you have free time to pass, just ride to those places and let your ambitious eyes roam about.

Other surrounding destinations

Destinations
Entrance fee (Y/N)
Remarks
Fairy Stream (Suối tiên)
N
Must see
Flying Sandy Hill (Đồi cát bay)
N
Must see, but you have to pay for a surfing board
Duc Thanh School
VND5k/person
Optional
Po Sah Inư Cham Temple
VND5k/person
Must see
Lotus Swamp (Bàu Sen)
N
Must see
Van Thuy Tu Temple (Dinh Vạn Thủy Tú)
VND5k/person
Optional
Ke Ga Lighthouse
N
Must see, especially at dawn and dusk
Rock Water Bay
N
Must see
These places are near to Mui Ne Town. However, if you have a lot of time to linger in Phan Thiet, browse other destinations online.

Champa Civilization and Ke Ga Cape

Po Sah Inư Cham Temple
Po Sah Inư Cham Temple | Source
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Bougainvillea in full blossom shine vividly under the sun
Bougainvillea in full blossom shine vividly under the sun | Source
Champa Civilization
Champa Civilization | Source
Bougainvillea bossoms beautifully bloom
Bougainvillea bossoms beautifully bloom | Source
The lighthouse stands firmly at Ke Ga Cape
The lighthouse stands firmly at Ke Ga Cape | Source
Such a gorgeous sunset
Such a gorgeous sunset | Source
The feeling of homesickness rises vigorously
The feeling of homesickness rises vigorously | Source
Rock Water Bay
Rock Water Bay | Source
The sea is playing about with the rocks
The sea is playing about with the rocks | Source

You have a good time, don't you?

For 2 days or so at Mui Ne, you will have had a host of sheer joys and unforgettable memories. It's true to say that Mui Ne is such a fabulous paradise to visit, isn't it? Now, I guess it's time for you to write your experiences down here. Drop me some lines if you have already made it to this coastal town, or just share your feelings after reading this article. 'hope you will have a lot of fun here and there.

Mui Ne, Binh Thuan

Author's notes

Thanks for attention.

Some pictures employed in the writing were downloaded from the Internet.

The rest of the photos belongs to the author. They were taken in 3 times as the author first went on a business trip 3 years ago, then made another one on vacation with family and, finally visited this place during Tet Holiday.

For further information, please contact me at nhphuc2310@gmail.com.

For other articles of the author, please check them out:

Tay Ninh Province at https://hubpages.com/travel/Tay-Ninh-Province-Why-not
Thu Duc Town at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thu-Duc-Saigon-A-joyful-suburb
Da Lat Half Way to Heaven at http://hubpages.com/travel/Do-we-need-a-long-trip-to-change-horses-in-midstream
Life Trap Escape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Life-Trap-Escape
Ke Ga Cape at http://hubpages.com/travel/Sunset-on-Ke-Ga-Lighthouse
Mui Ne Beach at http://hubpages.com/travel/Mui-Ne-Such-a-Paradise
Da Nang City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Thomas-Wanderlust
Hai Phong City at http://hubpages.com/travel/Hai-Phong-Once-Coming-Then-Staying
French Colonial Structures in Saigon at http://hubpages.com/travel/French-Colonial-style-Architecture-in-SG
Top 3 things to do in Saigon Vietnam at http://hubpages.com/travel/Top-ten-things-you-must-do-in-Saigon-Vietnam
Can Gio a nice choice at http://hubpages.com/travel/Can-Gio-A-nice-choice
Cat Ba Island at https://hubpages.com/travel/Cat-Ba-Island-Shining-in-the-Sun
Ta Dung at https://hubpages.com/travel/Ta-Dung-Vietnam-A-Pearl-of-The-Highlands

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 9 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      what an interesting bay ever, and you know what, it's the unique bay in Vietnam only. Lots of foreigners coming to VN found it weird to find out such a place on the map. To be honest, you guys just take them around in the streets and if lucky enough, you may find such a bay around the corner. It's omnipresent!

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      裴功織 9 months ago

      I've heard a lot about some famous bays in Vietnam such as Halong bay, Nhatrang bay. But when I came to Vietnam, I saw another one named "Cam dai bay" which was advertised a lot on the walls, in streets and public area but I couldn't find out the location in the map. Have you got a idea?

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 16 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      Thanks ^^

      I'll try my best in further writings.

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      bud_saint 16 months ago

      It's cool to hang around this coastal town. I'll pay a visit to this beautiful stretch of soft sand ~ Thanks for your sharing

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      Ladypride 17 months ago

      Wow. This is such a breathtaking coastal town. I haven't been there before, but i think now i should visit there. Thanks a big for sharing.

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      Nguyen Hong Phuc 17 months ago from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

      I love this place a lot, where I found my first love ever in my life and my first job experience as well. If you guys make it to Vietnam, just drop by this destination and enjoy yourselves.