This small beach town has become quite popular for tourists over the years, especially Russians. Known for its tropical beaches and strong sea breeze, this place has more kite surfers than you can imagine…it’s just crazy! Whether you are looking to get out and explore or just lie in a hammock by the beach, this is a great place to just chill for a few days and see where the wind takes you :)
After flying from Phu Quoc back to Saigon, we wanted to immediately start our travels north. The only way to do this directly from the airport is to hire a driver. We ended up booking through www.saigon2muine.com, which was the only business I found that offered this service. It was not a cheap trip as we ended up paying $111 USD for the 5 hour drive from the airport to Mui Ne. However, we felt it was still justified due to the money we were saving by not having to pay for a taxi into Ho Chi Minh City as well as overnight accommodation. The driver didn’t speak any English, but he got us there in one peace so I consider the experience worth it.
Hong Di Bungalows: If you are travelling on a budget and want to stay in a well-equipped bungalow right off the beach, look no further than this place. We paid 250,000 VND (12 USD) a night. The rooms were clean, air conditioned, had an unlimited supply of hot water, and were equipped with a flat screen TV and refrigerator. The people working their spoke very little English, but that really wasn’t an issue for us. They were friendly and made the extra effort to make our stay enjoyable. The breakfast was not included, but it was super cheap and super delicious. While eating you get to enjoy the views of the kite surfers taking over the beach. The bungalows all are set up around a center garden area with hammocks. My only complaint is that the hammocks need an upgrade…they were pretty much made of fishing nets. But if you are looking for a nice place with great value, then welcome home!
Things to do:
Kite surfing: Look out from any beachfront resort or restaurant and you will see kite-surfers dotting the horizon. They are everywhere and I could have watched them all day! Although the strong winds attract a lot of experienced kite-surfers, there was no shortage of people learning how to do it as well. Every 100 meters along the beach you will find a different kite surfing school. We had already taken lessons in Australia, so we just enjoyed watching them take over the beach. If you are interested in learning this sport, this would definitely be a good place to do it!
Sand Dune Tours: This was something that we decided not to do, but is a main attraction of Mui Ne.
Night Market: This market boasts all sorts of great fresh seafood. Even though there are many different restaurants, they all seem to have the same options. So no matter where you choose, you can’t go wrong. The best thing about market food is that it’s super cheap, which just adds to the appeal!