Mui Ne is one of the most popular beach destinations in Vietnam among both adventure travelers looking for outdoor sports and regular tourists seeking a peaceful atmosphere.
Located 5-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne is one of the favorite destinations for many Saigonese to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city and get out into nature. International travelers love to visit Mui Ne thanks to the town’s long stretches of beautiful beaches and the delicious fresh seafood.
This Mui Ne travel guide will provide you in-depth travel guides focusing on the best things to do in Mui Ne and top attractions you can visit in Phan Thiet area.
Best time to visit Mui Ne
The best time to visit Mui Ne is from November to March, at this time the weather is dry, sunny and the sea is crystal blue, very suitable for swimming, kayaking, surfing, kitesurfing…
You can also avoid traveling in July and August due to the rainy season. Heavy rain makes you unable to swim. The rain makes sand to flow into the sea, and alluvial soil changes the seawater into the red. This creates a unique natural scene, suitable for taking photos rather than going to the beach.
How to get to Mui Ne
From Hanoi to Mui Ne by bus
From Nuoc Ngam bus station – Hanoi, you can take Mai Linh Express bus to Mai Linh – Phan Thiet bus station. Then you can continue to take a motorbike taxi or taxi to Mui Ne.
Ticket price ranges from 700,000 VND to 800,000 VND / person (33 $ – 38 $). Or you can call directly hotline 028 35117788 to book the ticket (price is updated 2020).
From Hanoi to Mui Ne by plane
There is currently no flight from Hanoi to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, so you have to fly to Ho Chi Minh City, then go to Mien Dong Bus Station to catch a bus to Phan Thiet or to Saigon Railway Station to buy train ticket to Phan Thiet.
From Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne by bus
You can go to Mien Dong bus station or De Tham street, District 1 to get tickets for the bus to Mui Ne, Phan Thiet. Ticket price ranges from VND 90,000 to VND 130,000 (4 – 7$). It depends on the brand and the quality of the vehicle.
We would recommend some reliable bus operators:
Phuong Nam Car Company: 1900 6519, depart from Park 23/9 Bus Station, ticket price around 120k / one way.
The Sinh Tourist Car Company (Sinh Cafe): 028.3838 9593, depart from 246 – 248 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, the ticket price is 99k, the sleeping bus is 120k.
Huynh Gia Car Company: 028 3920 4877 – 028 3920 1727 – 090 539 4877, depart from Park 23/9 Bus Station, ticket price is 120k / one way
G5Car Car Company: 0941 868 468, depart from 360 Truong Sa, Ward 02, Phu Nhuan District, limousine VIP seats, ticket price is 300k / person / one way
From Saigon to Mui Ne by train
As Mui Ne travel guide in 2020, we recommend you can go to Saigon Railway Station to get train tickets to Phan Thiet. Fares range from 110,000 VND to 160,000 VND (5 -7$) depending on each train company.
Regular train: the lowest ticket price is about 110,000 VND (5$) depending on the train company.
High-quality Golden Train: The lowest ticket price is about VND 160,000. Phone: 028.35261685 – 028.35262724.
How to travel around Mui Ne
The best mode of transportation in Phan Thiet is motorbike or taxi
Rent a motorbike to travel in Phan Thiet: In Phan Thiet, you can easily rent a motorbike to travel, the price is from 100.000 VNĐ to 150.000 VNĐ (4$-7$), you can ask the hotel to rent for you.
Rent a tourist car or taxi: Taxi phone number in Phan Thiet: Taxi Mai Linh: (0623) 739 888, Taxi Mui Ne: (0623) 84 88 48, Taxi Phan Thiet: (0623) .814 814
Mui Ne Travel Guide – Places to visit
Most popular places to visit in Mui Ne
Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne has made it among the top beach destinations in Vietnam. The main Mui Ne beach is pretty long, so you will for sure be able to find here a secluded place. If you prefer more quiet beaches, you can head a bit further to Hon Rom beach or Suoi Nuoc beach. We always liked to go to the beach later in the afternoon to watch kitesurfers with a beer in hand.
This place is the name of a small untouched mountain which is located in the Long Son village, Mui Ne Ward. Rom islet has clear blue water, soft waves, and no rocks. You can easy to catch the sunrise or sunset in the morning or afternoon. Besides, this place is named Hon Rom because in the rainy season, the mountain is covered with the green of natural plants. In the dry season, the yellow grass turns brown from the foot of the mountain to the top, from a distance it looks like a giant mound of straw
It is a small stream located next to Hon Rom, this is a walking stream with a beautiful sand valley. This spring is called a “Penglai fairyland”. Its beauty seemingly appears in fairyland, rarely in mundane. The orange-brownish stream is lined with pink, red, white, orange and grey limestone formations, and all together create a truly spectacular show.
Ong Dia Stone (rock)
Ong Dia stone beach (or “Bai da Ong Dia”) is located about 10 kilometers from the center of Phan Thiet city. As a beautiful site, this place attracts a lot of people every day. Locals and tourists consider Ong Dia rock beach as an ideal place for sightseeing, taking photos, swimming, kite surfing…
Golden Sand Dunes
Also known as “flying sand dune”, this is a large sandhill, stretching from Binh Thuan to Ninh Thuan. When you come here you will admire the great color of iron mines mixed with the golden color of sand. A special feature here, sand dunes are always changing colors, changing shapes due to the wind. With its pristine beauty, this place is considered one of the best places to visit in Mui Ne.
Mui Ne Rock Cliff
With beautiful and majestic scenes of the rocks reaching the sea to touch the waves. It creates a unique natural setting. In the middle of this 1-kilometer rocky beach, there is a small sand beach. On the top of the cliff located Bà Vàng temple along with Thach Long’s mausoleum at the end of the beach. This is one of the famous and beautiful sights in Mui Ne that you should not miss.
Places to visit around Mui Ne
Bau Trang – Bau Sen sand dunes
Two natural freshwater lakes located in the middle of a vast white sand dunes about 18km from Hon Rom. The best time to visit Bau Trang is the dry season. You will enjoy the blooming lotus oasis in the middle of the white sand dune in summer. Bau Sen is also beautiful with deep blue water. It will surprise you with the immense sandhills stretching and the cool blue lakes full of lotus.
Po Sah Inu Cham Tower
This is one of the must-try places to visit with antique, mysterious, spiritual beauty in Binh Thuan: Po Sah Inu towers (or Cham towers). Po Sah Inu towers are a group of remaining Cham towers of ancient Champa Kingdom, which are situated in Ba Nai hill, Phu Hai Ward, 7km to the North-east of Phan Thiet city. Sculpture in ancient Cham style makes this place more august and enigmatical.
Mui Ne travel guide – What to eat
Besides the typical seafood dishes such as squid teeth, seafood salad, hotpot…, when coming here, you can also enjoy countless delicious and attractive dishes in Mui Ne.
Phan Thiet Pancake
Banh re Phan Thiet is one of the must-try dishes in Mui Ne. With delicious taste, this dish has become a favorite cake for many people. To enjoy this cake, you can buy it at Phan Thiet market or food stands along the Ca Ty River and in Mui Ne. The pancakes will be special gifts for your friends and family
Mì Quảng (Quảng style noodles)
This is a very popular dish in Vietnam, especially in the country’s central coast region. As a dish with a lot of local characteristics, Mì Quảng appears differently in different places.
In its original places (Quang Nam province, Quang Ngai province and Da Nang city). A bowl of Mì Quảng often consists of fresh rice noodles, which are mainly made from rice flour, seasoned cooked meat, little of the broth, and grilled rice paper. You can find the best Mi Quang restaurant at 129 Tran Phu, or the one near Phan Boi Chau school.
Soft rice paper
Made from simple ingredients such as soft rice paper, fish sauce, pork rind, quail eggs, but when combined together, it creates a very delicious and attractive flavor. This dish is often sold as street food along the sidewalks at:
- Tran Hung Dao and Thu Khoa Huan crossroads (Near Hoa Nang coffee shop).
- Tam Bien crossroads, near Tieng Xua coffee shop.
Mui Ne – Where to stay
Traveling to Mui Ne, you can stay in Mui Ne Center or stay in Phan Thiet City. Both places have a lot of hotels and resorts for you to choose, here are suggestions for choosing a accommodation area. for you.
Booking Room in Mui Ne Center
Mui Ne Center is the area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. This is the road along the beautiful Mui Ne beach, on this route there are many 4.5-star hotels and resorts with private beach, large campus, green, and very good service.
Room rates of hotels and resorts on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street are quite high. Prices are usually more than 1 million for 1 night, but staying here you will enjoy high-class resort services and modern amenities.
In addition, staying in this area is very convenient to visit the famous tourist destinations of Mui Ne such as Sand Dunes, Suoi Tien or Posanu tower.
You can rent a room in other areas of Mui Ne but not as convenient as the center, but the price will be cheaper to help you save costs.
Resort in the center of Mui Ne often has a very nice private beach with lush campus.
Booking Room in Phan Thiet
Booking a room in Phan Thiet is also a good choice when you travel to Mui Ne, you can take a taxi to Mui Ne to swim and visit the tourist attractions in Mui Ne, distance from Phan Thiet center to Mui Ne It’s relatively close, so it’s very convenient for you to go to Mui Ne.
Room rates in Phan Thiet and the cost in Phan Thiet are generally cheaper than in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet City has many hotels and motels to choose from.
Phan Thiet central area also has many famous tourist destinations such as Duc Thanh School, Phan Thiet beach, markets, and food streets.
Tips to save cost in Mui Ne
Mui Ne is often the first stop for backpackers after arriving in Saigon and for good reason. You do not need to worry about the cost in Mui Ne as it is much cheaper than Saigon and other cities in Vietnam.
Rent a bike
If you want to explore the area, there is no better way to do it than by renting a bike. Bike rentals in Mui Ne cost anywhere between $8-12 per day. Renting a bike will give you the flexibility of exploring offbeat places in the area, discovering hidden beaches, and exploring local markets. Another piece of advice – always have your helmet on or you’ll definitely be stopped by a police.
Camp on the beach
Many resorts in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet provide overnight tents. If you want to save the cost it is best to rent a tent, it will be very interesting. However, before renting a tent, you should ask in advance about security and safety where you plan to set up a tent to rest. You can refer to some tent rental addresses in Mui Ne:
- Thuy Trang Tourist Area: Telephone: 0623.849.196
- Hon Rom 2 Resort: Telephone: 0623.848.828
- Hon Rom 1 Resort: Telephone: 0623.848.539
Enjoy street foods
You can walk-in in one of many hotel restaurants. Although the price will be slightly higher, but there are also several reasonably priced restaurants and local eateries for all travelers looking to save money.
The most popular choice was to grab a freshly made banh-mi in one of many stalls along the main road.
Also, on the main street, you will find several stalls selling fresh fruit, and here we were also common customers.