Mui Ne : Saharaesque Vietnam

Mũi Né is a town located on Binh Thuan Province, southeast Vietnam. It lays along the South China Sea shore with steady wind conditions, which make it a top destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and other water sports.


We were in Mui Ne for 2 nights; one short afternoon, one full day, and one short morning. We arrived around 5 pm on one day, rest a night. The next day, we had 1 full day to explore, and rest another night. Then we moved in the morning to Dalat, another province of Vietnam.

How to get there?

We took a sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh City, which takes 5 hours on road. The bus can be easily booked via receptionist desk of wherever you live around backpacker’s area of Ho Chi Minh City (District 1).

What to see?


Then anything else.

Well, at least there are 4 places you must visit if you come to Mui Ne. It all can be done in one day. If you have extra time, you can explore the town by walking around to blend with the local.

1. White Sand Dunes (Doi Cat Trang)

Located 24 km northeast Mui Ne, White Dunes can be accessed 1 hour from town centre. The sand color is yellowish white, the area is wide, and the slope is very high. It will take forever to reach the top by walking. No need to worry, at the entrance there are a lot of locals rent APV to bring you far into the desert. You still have to hike a little bit though, to feel the sensation of walking in the desert. White Dunes is is the most impressive at dawn and dusk. As for us, we have a chance to visit at sunrise.

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2. Red Sand Dunes (Doi Hong)

The Red Dunes is nearer to town centre, so we visited it after hunting sunrise. It can be accessed just 20 minutes from the town centre. The sand is orangey-browny-red in color. The area is not as wide as White Dunes, nor the slopes as high. It’s easy to walk on foot. People said it’s amazing to visit at sunset, but we don’t have much time.

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I don’t mind getting lost if it’s with you…
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Trees on red sand

3. Fishing Village

Like its name, this place is where fishermen of Mui Ne lives. Some spots in the shore are functioned as seafood market where you can buy fresh raw fishes, squids, crabs, shrimps, etc. It’s quite messy actually, no to mention the smell. But, just go find a nice spot and try that round fishing boat! It’s unique.

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Noodle bowl-like fishing boat
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Alice in Wonderland (?)
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A bowl of you…

4. Fairy Stream

Fairy stream is a narrow stream, more like a long aisle, with very soft red sands as the bottom. They will ask you to put the shoes off if you want to explore the place. It’s sooo nice to walking at. I even wish i could lay my body on it!

The ankle-deep stream is beautified by natural green on one side and the hill of red sand on the other. The landscape is surreal, a mix of Cappadocia and Grand Canyon. As dramatic as its name, it is a picturesque place.

Grand Canyon miniature
Dramatic landscape

How can all of them can be reached in one day?

There are a lot of locals renting their jeep somewhere near fairy stream. We don’t know the exact place because our house tenant helped booking it for us by phone. You can ask your room owner too. It’s a small town, everyone knows each other very well. Otherwise, there are no other way to reach the places. You can rent a bike though, but it’s quite dangerous if you don’t know the direction and the field is quite roughy.

Jeep rent

Generally the jeep trip is divided into two : Sunrise and Sunset package. You can choose it according to your schedule / priority. It’s quite cheap because you share the cost with the other passenger (the jeep can accomodate to 4 people).

We took the sunrise package so we can walking on the beach in front of our room in the afternoon.

Our tour began when the jeep picked up at 04.45 am (it’s very early~, i’m still so sleepy~ because of tiredness of yesterday trip). There was 2 Korean woman already on the jeep. Our first destination was White Sand Dunes, the aim is hunting for sunrise. After that, we’re heading to Red Sand Dunes. Next, the driver took us to Fishing Village. And lastly, it’s Fairy Stream. Then the driver drop you off to your place again. Or, you can ask otherwise. As for us, we asked to be dropped off on Mui Ne market. It’s a traditional market, mostly sell food or raw materials to cook. We ate some snacks while watching the old men playing chinese chess game. We then ate fresh seafood. And, walking to the beach happily  🙂

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