Located on the coast in Southern Vietnam just 6 hours east of Ho Chi Minh is Mui Ne, one of Vietnam’s beach destinations well known for windsurfing and sand dunes. The former fishing village was once home to an isolated stretch of beach unexplored by foreigners but has long since been built up with beach resorts and upper end restaurants, and travelers now outnumber locals. For good reasons, as Mui Ne has a lot to offer.
One of the most exciting adventures in Vietnam is surely visiting the stretch of red and white sand dunes, 20 minutes to an hour outside of town, respectively. The red dunes are closest and most visited, with the most garbage to prove it. The white dunes are favored for their cleanliness and Saharan wind formations, although don’t always expect the same mystical peace. All sorts of activities add considerable noise pollution, primarily thanks to the prevalent dune buggies and quad bikes. We definitely recommend you going here to watch the sunset as it is breathtaking.
The windy coastline is beautiful and there are often many kites that dot the horizon. Mui Ne is the best spot to learn kite surfing in all of Asia, and there are an abundance of surf schools to support it. Lessons are affordable making it an easy choice whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or not. The town owes its surf vibe to the reliable oceanic winds, although conditions are best from October to April.
Mui Ne is a fun stop for many types of travel groups or solo travelers, thanks to a lot of activities ranging from high energy water sports to luxurious nightlife options. Although the town shares the same trials as many of Vietnam’s well-developed tourist destinations, it’s easy to keep yourself distracted with all there is to see and do. If you’re seeking a more authentic taste of the life of Vietnamese fishermen, the nearby Phan Thiet is an active fishing village, which has the closest railway station shuttling to and from Ho Chi Minh.