Mui Ne is a small fisherman town that’s so undiscovered and underrated among tourists. This beautiful coastal town is situated on the south coast of Vietnam, about 221 km East of Ho Chi Minh City. We didn’t expect too much from this town, but we were blown away by the unique landscape it has. Here are our top 5 favourite things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam.
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Things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam:
1. White sand dunes
Yes, you read that right, the tropical, humid and raining country of Vietnam has a desert. We were so intrigued by this and the reason why we went to Mui Ne in the first place. The white sand dunes are the most well-known attraction in Mui Ne. This desert formation is so beautiful and so much different compared to the lush forests we usually see in Asia. With dunes as far as the eye can see and scorching hot sand, this is just like the deserts of Namibia or the Sahara. You didn’t expect to find a place like this in Vietnam, and it blew us away. These dunes are quite far away from the town so you can expect a bit of a drive to get there, but it’s worth it. You can also rent a quad bike or a car to take you around the dunes. You can walk around too, just be aware of the dangers of the desert such as snakes and especially the sun. It’s a must-visit destination if you ever get the opportunity.
➔Tip: It’s a desert so try to go in the morning or late afternoon as over mid-day it gets really hot. Bring an umbrella to create some shade for yourself but be careful because it can be very windy.
2. Red Sand Dunes
These sand dunes have red/brown sand which makes for some very beautiful pictures, especially at sunrise or sunset. These dunes are right outside of Mui Ne Town which makes them very easily accessible but also makes them crowed at times. These dunes are smaller than the white sand dunes but don’t let this put you off.
➔Tip: The dunes get very busy around sunset. Get there early to get a good spot and be patient while taking pictures.
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3. Fairy stream
Unfortunately, there aren’t any fairies here, but this place is magical. This mini canyon is a very peaceful place but is extremely popular. The whole way you walk in this small stream of water, which is only ankle deep. With red sand dunes on the one side and forest on the other, it’s the perfect place to spend the morning. The colourful sand of the limestone rocks and the red sand dunes mix together makes this place stunning. The entrance fee is only 5,000 Vietnamese Dong per person.
➔Tip: Everyone walks barefoot in the stream, so come with shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or that you can easily take off. There are also places where you can leave your shoes while you explore so you don’t have to carry them. Lastly, at one point you can climb up the red sand dune, we highly recommend doing this as the view of the stream from the top is amazing.
4. Mui Ne Beach
Spend the day relaxing at Mui Ne beach. This beach is 10 kilometres long and is one of the best beaches in Mui Ne. This beach is also very popular for kite surfing. There are kite surfing schools and places to rent everything you will need all along the beach. For people looking to swim, just be aware of where you swim, but most of the time the kite surfers are very observant. The beach can get busy, but with it being so big, you will always find space to swim, suntan or kitesurf.
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5. Fisherman show
This incredible live show will take you on a learning journey about the lives of local fishermen in Mui Ne, their dreams and their faith at sea. With over 40 actors, acrobats and traditional instruments, this show has it all. It gives you great insights into the locals and opens your eyes to their daily lives and struggles. Tickets range from 300 000 to 500 000 Vietnamese Dong and such a unique experience.
Overall, Mui Ne is a beautiful, undiscovered town with some amazing landscapes which you won’t find anywhere else in Vietnam. If you are looking for something different to do or want to skip the touristy places then Mui Ne is the place to go in Vietnam.
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⚠ Warning ⚠
If you are planning on renting a scooter be very careful of the local traffic police. The speed limit for a scooter is 40km/h and don’t you dare go over that by even 1km/h. When you rent a scooter the local you rent from will take your drivers licence for some security reason and then if the police pull you over you are completely stuffed. And this is exactly what happened to us. We ended up having to pay a 1,500,000 Vietnamese Dong fine (about $64). We went 41km/h (oops honest mistake) and didn’t have a licence because the guy we rent from had it. So our advice will be to rather get a Grab taxi to take you around the town or have a motorbike license.