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The first time I heard of Mui Ne was seeing a photo of Fairy Stream on Instagram. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the images of this part of Vietnam. It is so different from anywhere else in the country and anywhere else in this world! Undoubtedly something like this doesn’t exist, but it does.
Located in southeast Vietnam, Mui Ne is about five hours (by bus) east of Ho Chi Minh City and about five hours (by bus) just south of Nha Trang. Since we decided to travel from north to south in Vietnam, and we wanted to see something unique and different, it was obvious to include Mui Ne in our three-week itinerary.
The beach resort town doesn’t disappoint at all. In fact, I’m so in love with this part of the country. I would’ve loved to stay longer than two days. If you are travelling through southern Vietnam, definitely make your way to this picturesque town! You will not be disappointed!
Why Mui Ne is Great for a Solo Female Traveller
As a solo female traveller, I would highly recommend Mui Ne! The town is laid-back and easy to get around. Not to mention the incredible landscape which is easily the most Instagrammable place in Vietnam. I’m sure any solo female traveller will love this town!
Mui Ne is super easy to get to. As part of our itinerary to visit southern Vietnam, we hopped on a sleeper bus in Nha Trang early in the morning and made our way to Mui Ne. By noon, we were dropped off at the bus stop in the middle of the main street. Taking the sleeper bus is an experience in itself. All the seats are already in a semi-reclined position which allowed for lower and upper seats in the bus. It sounds claustrophobic, but it was quite a great experience. The sleeper bus is safe especially travelling during the day.
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What to Do in Mui Ne
Whether you are travelling solo or with others, everyone goes to Mui Ne for Fairy Stream, sand dunes, kitesurfing, and anything else in between.
Fairy Stream is one of those surreal places that you didn’t think exist. The entrance to Fairy Stream wasn’t very obvious. We walked through a shop which leads to a small path and then to another shop. At this point, we weren’t able to continue further less we pay 5000 Vietnamese Dongs to leave our shoes on the shelf. (Tip: if you want to skip this payment, enter the stream on the left at the beginning where the stream intersects the road and just hold your shoes the entire way). We walked barefoot in the shallow stream where red sand washes over our feet. The waterfall at the end was just okay. But the natural red sand and rock formation make up for it.
We knew visiting the sand dunes is a must! But instead of joining a tour, we hired a taxi instead. The taxi driver took us to both sand dunes and the Mui Ne Harbour.
At the White Sand Dunes, we hired (another) driver, and he drove across the sand dunes and up a massive hill. The view on the hill was just amazing! You can see miles and miles of sand and a nearby lake. I’ve never seen anything like this! And if you want to sandboard down the slope, it is an option as well!
On our way back, we visited the Red Sand Dunes, which at this point it doesn’t look as grand as the white one. But it was still a pretty impressive spot to take photos.
If you are into kite surfing, Mui Ne has steady wind during the dry season, which it is great for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
And if your idea of a vacation is laying on a sun lounger by the beach, you will fall in love with Mui Ne. The beach goes on forever. Truly idyllic and beautiful!
Where to Eat in Mui Ne
Seafood lovers will love Mui Ne! Maybe that’s why I like this town so much. Fresh seafood is sold by the fisherman at the harbour daily. Definitely try the squid, shrimp, clams, fish, razor clams and anything from the sea. There are a lot of seafood restaurants closer to the west side of Mui Ne.
We went to BiBo, which is a casual seafood restaurant that locals and tourists visit. A family runs the alfresco restaurant. You can tell how much they love being there. And prices are very reasonable (compared to Ho Chi Minh City).
On the west end of Mui Ne, there are more high-end hotels and restaurants. Mia Resort’s Sandals restaurant serves upscale western and Vietnamese food along with the incredible view of the beach. It was refreshing to sit by the beach, having lunch and sipping coffee while watching all the kitesurfers.
We found homemade ice-cream at the Dong Vui Food Court. A Portuguese food vendor makes homemade ice-cream daily. The entire food court is full of vendors that are independently run, and each vendor offers a different type of cuisine. So if you are missing the flavours of other cultures, you will find yourself salivating over all the choices they offer.
No matter what your budget is, you can eat almost anything you want in Mui Ne.
Where to Stay in Mui Ne
There isn’t a shortage of accommodation in Mui Ne. Hotels, resorts, hostels and apartments line the main road, Huynh Thuc Khang. Accommodations are around $30 and can go upwards to $200USD. The ones along the beach may be a bit more expensive, but you will have a beachfront view of all the kite surfers every day. Check Agoda for all your accommodation needs.
The hotel we stayed at wasn’t so great so that I won’t mention it here. The photos of the hotel looked great on the website. But in real life, it didn’t feel like that at all. So I would recommend anyone who is in the process of booking hotels always to read reviews! I do that all the time, but maybe I wasn’t thorough enough this time. Sometimes choosing a hotel is hit and miss.
Even though we didn’t quite like our hotel, we had a chance to check out Mia Resort Mui Ne further down the road. While the purpose of going to Mia Resort was for a fancy lunch and coffee, we found ourselves in awe of the resort. We loved the resort so much that we decided to indulge and get a spa treatment. As a four-star accommodation, the facilities in Mia Resort didn’t disappoint. I would imagine the bungalows are quite relaxing as well!
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