The Ultimate Guide to Mui Ne, Vietnam

Updated: May 15, 2021

Mui Ne, Vietnam is a gorgeous beach/resort area in Phan Thiet- just 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh City. It's a great weekend getaway destination for those of us living in HCMC, and for those of you who are visiting Vietnam it's just a beautiful spot to visit during your travels! Here is everything you need to know about Mui Ne:


How to get there from Ho Chi Minh:

There are 3 main ways of getting here from the city:

1) Motorbike- just the cost of petrol

If you're not used to driving on a motorbike for long distances I wouldn't go with this option. 4 hours might not seem like a long time, but it's very uncomfortable to drive a bike for that long.


2) Bus- between 120k - 300k VND per person ($5-12 USD)

If you're going with this option, I highly recommend looking on the app or website called VeXeRe to look for bus tickets and book!


3) Private car with driver- between 1.2 - 1.8 million VND per car ($51-77 USD depending on the size of the car)

We had a group of 8 people, so we decided to rent a 16-seater van for 1.8 million VND, so we each paid 225k VND. If you're going to go with this option I highly recommend using Mui Ne Discovery Tour- they were the cheapest price we could find, great cars/vans, kind drivers, and very prompt with their arrival and communication. You can text Lee on WhatsApp at +84 090 285 9777 to book or fill out the form on their website!


Where to stay

Budget

iHome Backpacker Resort: do not confuse this with iHome Mui Ne. They're on the same street but iHome Backpacker Resort is the original and it's gorgeous (the other one tried to copy them I guess)! For the price you really can't go wrong. When we stayed it was 54k VND/night ($2 USD) for a dorm bed in an 8-person room. It's beachfront, has a nice pool, and plenty of common areas to chill, have a drink, or play games. The dorm rooms are okay- no AC, not the cleanest, and no real walls (they put up dividers between rooms). So if that will bother you, then maybe look into a private room or stay somewhere else! But the common areas make it worth staying there in my opinion.

Mid-range

MiNhon Hotel Muine: this has really great reviews on Booking! Great location, great facilities (pool, restaurant, garden, terrace, sun deck), and all for a great price.

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Luxury

Muine Bay Resort: this also has amazing reviews on Booking with great facilities! It's actually the place I had saved to stay on our trip, but with a large group of us it was just easier to do a hostel and obviously a lot cheaper!

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What to do

Ham Tien Market

We stumbled upon this amazing morning market right near our hostel. It was mostly fresh produce and meats, but there were a couple stalls selling things like hats, clothing, and accessories. There was also a lady right in the front of the market making fried bananas and sugar donut holes- 3 of each for 10k VND ($0.43 USD). They were unreal!


Red Sand Dunes

Try to do both of the sand dunes in the early morning or right before sunset because it gets SO hot on the sand. On the red sand dunes there isn't a whole lot to do besides rent sand sleds/boards for 50k VND and try sand sledding. It's an interesting experience to say the least!


White Sand Dunes

These are a little bit further, about 40 minutes drive from the city but it's definitely worth it. You can either just walk around on the dunes, or pay 600k VND ($25 USD) to ride on the quads for 20 minutes. Which is actually kind of expensive for Vietnam- but totally worth it in my opinion. They ask if you want to drive yourself or have a driver (it's the same price either way)- and you HAVE to get the driver. Since this is what they do every day, they're so good at it. They are zooming around and going on steep drops, it makes it such an adrenaline-filled experience!

Fishing Village

There's not much to do here except admire the gorgeous views and get some awesome photos. I'm sure you could pay someone to take you out on their boat if you really wanted to!


Relax on the beach

This is an obvious one, but make sure to carve out some relaxing time! You did come to the beach after all, so might as well lay down, relax, and enjoy it!


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