Mui Ne is a small fisherman town that’s undiscovered and underrated amongst 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 and beauty of this hidden gem. In this post, we will focus on the top 5 favourite things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam.
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What is Mui Ne known for and is there a desert in Vietnam?
There is a desert in Vietnam and it’s located in Mui Ne. Mui Ne is known for its desert and dunes. There are two types of dunes here, white dunes and red dunes.
The white dunes are further out of town compared to the red dunes. The white dunes are also a lot bigger than the red dunes. We recommend going to both.
Things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam:
Here are the top 5 things to do in Mui Ne, Vietnam:
1. Walk through the magical Fairy stream
Unfortunately, there aren’t any fairies here, but this place is magical. This mini canyon is a very unique place and is extremely popular. The whole way you walk in this small stream of water, which is only ankle deep. With red dunes on the one side and forest on the other, it’s the perfect place to spend the morning.
You can wander around for hours. 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 dune, we highly recommend doing this as the view of the stream from the top is amazing.
2. Relax at Mui Ne Beach
This beach is 10 kilometres long and is one of the best beaches in Mui Ne. This beach is very popular for kite surfing. There are kite surfing schools and places to rent everything you will need along the beach.
This is the perfect place to spend your day relaxing or take part in some of the water sports.
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3. Watch the amazing Fisherman show
This incredible live show will take you on a learning journey about the lives of local fishermen in Mũi Né, 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. This is such a unique experience and so unique to Mui Ne.
4. Enjoy the sunset by the Red Sand Dunes
The other sand dunes in Mui Ne are the 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 so it’s very easily accessible so it can also get crowded at times. These dunes are smaller than the white sand dunes but just as beautiful.
➔Tip: The dunes get very busy around sunset. Get there early to get a good spot and be patient while taking pictures.
5. Explore the White sand dunes
Yes, you read that right, the tropical, humid and rainy country of Vietnam has a desert. We were so intrigued by this and it was the reason why we visited Mui Ne in the first place. The white sand dunes are the most well-known attraction in Mui Ne.
There are actually two types of dunes here in Mui Ne, white sand dunes and red sand dunes but the white sand dunes are the most visited. This desert formation is a complete contrast to the lush rainforests we usually see in Asia.
These dunes are quite far away from the town and will take about 1 hour to get there, but it’s worth it. Once there, you can rent a quad bike or a car to take you around the dunes. You can also walk around the Junes for free. Be aware of the dangers of the desert such as snakes, scorpions, spiders and the sun.
It’s a must-visit destination if you ever get the opportunity and one of the best places in Vietnam.
To book a tour to the white sand dunes click here.
➔Tip: It’s a desert so try to go in the morning or late afternoon because 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.
How to get to the White sand dunes in Mui Ne?
There are 3 main ways to get to the white dunes.
The first is by renting a scooter and driving yourself. This is a great option. It’s cheap and easy and you can go where you want and spend as much as you want at the dunes. It is not that comfortable and is not the safest way either.
The next option is to take a private taxi. This option is a lot more comfortable but it’s slightly more expensive. The driver will take you to and back from the dunes so you won’t have to worry about finding the dunes.
The last option is by doing a tour. If you go on a tour, a minivan will pick you up from your hotel and bring you back. This option is the most expensive but it’s the most comfortable and you will also see other things whilst on your tour. The only downside about a tour is that you only have a set amount of time at the dunes, you cannot stay longer if you want to.
To book a tour to the white sand dunes click here.
Is Mui Ne worth visiting?
If you have the time we will recommend that you visit Mũi Né! It is a beautiful and undiscovered town with some amazing landscapes which you won’t find anywhere else in Vietnam.
If you are looking for something different to do then Mũi Né is the place to go in Vietnam. It’s the perfect town to explore and take in all the unique things to do. There is no other place like this in Vietnam.
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What to look out for in Mui Ne?
If you are planning to rent 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 locals you rent it from will take your driver’s licence for some security reason and then if the police pull you over, they will ask for your license which you won’t have on you.
This is exactly what happened to us. We ended up having to pay a 1,500,000 Vietnamese Dong fine (about $64) for not having a license and speeding. We went 41km/h.
So our advice will be to rather get a Grab taxi to take you around the town or find a place to rent a scooter that doesn’t take your motorbike license.
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