Mui Ne at a glance
Mui Ne not only impresses visitors by its vast sand dunes, windy beaches, and luxurious resorts, but it also brings out charming culture.
Mui Ne is the name of a seafront, a famous tourist center in Phan Thiet that is included on the list of Vietnam national tourist resorts. Today, Mui Ne is a ward of Phan Thiet City with a total area of 35.41 km². Mui Ne is connected to this coastal city by two roads, Nguyen Dinh Chieu (road 706) and Vo Nguyen Giap (road 706B) – which is considered as an essential route for the tourism industry of Binh Thuan. And since, Mui Ne tourism has developed and quickly turned this place into the top 10 best places to visit in Vietnam.
The name Mui Ne, which means shelter bay in English, comes from fishing fishermen who often come here to take shelter in the storm. “Mui” is the cape heading to the sea; “Ne” means to avoid.
Please watch the Mui Ne from above video for an overview of this land.
Mui Ne tourist map
We would like to introduce you to the Mui Ne tourist map. The map includes Mui Ne most popular attractions as well as useful information such as restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Mui Ne weather
Phan Thiet City has a typical tropical climate. The weather here is usually hot and dried, with an average annual temperature of 26 ° C to 27 ° C.
Tourists are free to travel at any time of the year, but the best time is around August – December, or January – February when the weather is lovely, convenient for marine activities. December to February are the coolest months of the year (average temperature 25.5 °C)
April and May are the hottest months in Phan Thiet, sometimes up to 40 ° C, which is quite inconvenient to visit the sand dunes.
From June to August, due to the phenomenon of red algae, the sea is slightly turbid, frothy, and fishy. As a result, it would be inconvenient to go swimming at this time.
How to go to Mui Ne?
To go to Mui Ne, you need to move to Phan Thiet City. It takes about 30 to move from Phan Thiet City to Mui Ne.
From Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne
1. From Hanoi to Mui Ne
From Hanoi, there is no direct route to Mui Ne currently. Thus, if you want to travel to Mui Ne, you should fly to Ho Chi Minh City and then take a bus to Mui Ne. Or take a plane to Cam Ranh airport (Nha Trang) then move to Phan Thiet by bus.
2. From Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Mui Ne
From Ho Chi Minh City you can go to Mui Ne by bus or train. You can refer to the detailed guide on how to move below.
High-quality bus companies to Phan Thiet: Depart from the Eastern bus or De Tham street, District 1. Ticket price ranges from 90.000 – 130.000 VND depending on the company, travel time about 5 hours.
The buses you can refer to:
Kumho (Address: Mien Dong Bus Station): stops at Phan Thiet.
Phuong Trang (Address: 274-276 De Tham, District 1): stops at Mui Ne.
Sinh Cafe (ĐC: 246-248 De Tham, District 1): stops at Mui Ne.
If traveling by train, you can only move to Phan Thiet City, then from Phan Thiet take a taxi or rent a motorbike to Mui Ne.
Price: about 110.000 VND/ ticket
Two types: SPT (depart in the morning) or PT4 (depart in weekend evening)
Where to buy tickets: Saigon Station – 01 Nguyen Thong, District 3
High-quality Golden Train
Price: 160.000 VND / ticket
Departure time: in the morning.
Getting around in Mui Ne
Traveling in Mui Ne, you can rent a bike or motorbike for convenient transportation. You can do this at either your hotel or motorbike rental shops.
Address of the best motorbike rental shops in Phan Thiet:
Hieu’s motorbike rental shop: No. 1 Tu Van Tu, Phu Trinh, Phan Thiet (0933715692)
Anh Chau motorbike rental shop: 472/3 Tran Hung Dao, Phan Thiet (099 313 7790)
Ms. Tam’s motorbike rental shop: 280 Thu Khoa Huan – Phan Thiet City (0964 955407)
Mr. Lam’s motorbike rental shop: Kenh Bao – Phan Thiet City (034 231 1448)
Tam Chung Motorbike rental shop: 280 Thu Khoa Huan – Phan Thiet City (0623 823742)
Rent a motorbike at the hotel in Mui Ne Phan Thiet
Anyway, you can immediately contact the reception of your hotel in Mui Ne for assistance. If the hotel has motorbikes available, they will take you down to choose one and if not, you can also ask the front desk to help you rent a motorbike from a shop nearby.
Some hotels providing renting motorbikes in Mui Ne you can refer to:
Blue Sea Waves Resort: Long Son, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
An Can Delight Hotel: 109B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Quarter 1, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet
Hai Yen Resort: 132, Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet
Stay in Mui Ne
There is a wide variety of accommodation options in Mui Ne, from lavish beach resorts to small homestays in the alley. The area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street is considered the center of stay in Mui Ne, which is the place where most hotels gather here.
Here are some recommendations for good accommodation in Mui Ne, which are excerpts from the Vietnam travel guide book.
7 must-visit attractions in Mui Ne
In recent years, Mui Ne has always been the hottest tourist destination in the country, especially in the summertime. Let’s take a look at beautiful and famous tourist destinations in Mui Ne that you should not miss.
1. Mui Ne Beach
Of course, because this is the reason for you to choose to Mui Ne. Mui Ne Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam, where can admire the coconut tree-lined beach, white sand, and clear blue sea. Besides, Mui Ne is also known as the paradise of high-class resorts. It’s not exaggerating to say that Mui Ne is a paradise of rest and relaxation.
2. Mui Ne Sand Dunes
There are two sand dunes in Mui Ne: Red Sand Dunes and White Sand Dunes. The second is bigger and is known by locals as Bau Trang, or Bau Sen. It is such a pleasant experience to go barefoot on a sandhill, you can also surfboard, or drive four wheels car around to enjoy the feeling of getting close to nature, which certainly will be an unforgettable memory for you. In the area of the White Sand Dunes, there are three big lakes: Bau Xoai (Mango Lake), Bau Ong (Gentleman Lake), Bau Ba (Lady Lake) with a depth from 5 to 19 m depending on the time.
Activities in Mui Ne sand dunes:
- Take pictures
- Driving Jeep: 300.000 VND / hour
- Ostrich Riding: 30.000 VND / round
- Boat trip to see lotus pond: 50.000 VND / time
- Sand-skating: This activity attracts the most tourists in Mui Ne, which costs 10.000 VND/ trip.
3. Ke Ga Lighthouse
Attractive tourist destinations in Mui Ne include Ke Ga lighthouse, which was constructed in 1897 by a famous French architect named Chnavat. This is considered the most beautiful lighthouse in Southeast Asia with a height of 41m and a lighting radius of 22 knots. Having a unique and distinctive architecture, Ke Ga lighthouse has been a tourist attraction to Mui Ne in recent years. At Ke Ga you can participate in activities such as:
- Snorkeling, exploring natural and unspoiled rocks.
- Visiting the lighthouse with a boat rental from 50.000 VND to 200.000 VND/ trip depending on the number of people.
- Go fishing at night .
4. Ta Cu Mountain
Ta Cu Mountain is a very famous tourist attraction in Mui Ne. This is a tropical forest with rich flora and fauna ecosystem. On the mountain at an altitude of 457m, there is an ancient pagoda built in 1897 with two beings Linh Son Long Doan and Linh Son Truong Tho. Ta Cu Mountain has the biggest Buddha statue in Vietnam with a nirvana length of 49m and a height of 11m. Next to the statue is the Buddha statue of Amitabha (7m), Quan The Am (6.5m) and Dai The Chi (6.5m).
Coming to Ta Cu, you can participate in various entertainment and discovery activities such as:
- Climbing by road to see the beautiful nature
- Enjoy the whole view of Ta Cu in a cable car
Ta Cu cable car
In Ta Cu, the tourist cable car includes a 1.600m long route with 35 cabins with a service scale of 1.000 passengers / hour.
Round-trip ticket: 120.000 VND / person/ turn
One-way ticket: 60.000 VND / person / turn
Round-trip ticket: 60.000 VND / person / turn
One-way ticket: 40.000 VND / person / turn
5. Hon Rom
Considered as a beautiful and clean tourist destination in Mui Ne, Hon Rom always attracts a large number of tourists not only on holidays but also on weekends. There are many beautiful beaches such as Hon Rom 1, and Hon Rom 2, which are not crowded. Also bearing the typical characteristics of Phan Thiet beaches, Hon Rom beach is very clean with white sand stretches, gentle waves. At Hon Rom, there are various fascinating water activities such as canoeing, paragliding on the sea, etc. After long playing time, you can take a rest, sit on the sand, and enjoy specialties in Mui Ne while watching the sunset.
6. Mui Ne Fishing Village
Mui Ne Fishing Village is the next famous tourist destination in Mui Ne that you should not miss. This is a gathering place for many fishing boats of local fishermen, so it is always crowded with people coming and leaving. Tourists come here not only to know more about the daily life of the coastal people but also to buy fresh seafood at a reasonable price. There is nothing better than holding a seaside party with freshly caught seafood.
The great time to visit Mui Ne fishing village is in the early morning when fishermen return from the sea. You can admire many different self-made boats, see beautiful moments of family union, take photos of hard-working fishermen and their catch. Furthermore, the fishing village is a beautiful spot to watch sunrise or sunset.
7. Cu Lao Cau
Cu Lao Cau is a pristine island near Mui Ne, Tuy Phong District, Binh Thuan province. It is highlighted that the island is extremely primitive. Thus it will not be suitable for those who like the bustle or enjoy eating on land. On Cu Lao Cau, there are only one or two small shops selling snacks and water at a high price. Therefore, it is better to prepare your food and drink when coming to the island. If you want to find natural beaches, this is the place for you to belong.
7 best dishes in Mui Ne
In addition to the typical dish of the fishing village of Mui Ne which is seafood, this town also owns very delicious and strange dishes.
1. The food from Dong
Dong is a type of reptile living in the sand and a delicious specialty in Mui Ne. The dishes made from the Dong are very tasty, attractive, and processed into a variety of different ways such as spring rolls, salad, congee, etc. Among them, grilled Dong is still the most favorite dish of many people, both children, and adults. Tourists will certainly love the fatty, sweet taste of Dong.
Where to eat:
- Vietnam Home Restaurant at 125AB Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street
2. Lau Tha
For those who have come to Phan Thiet-Mui Ne, surely will not forget the unique flavor of Lau Tha, also known as special fish hotpot. It is not exaggerating to say that Lau Tha is a perfect combination of all five elements: “Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, Earth”. This dish includes five flavors: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, sweet, stimulating all five senses, and it also has five colors (white, green, yellow, red, and black). Lau Tha is decorated elaborately, but it is still an idyllic delicacy. The ingredients for this hotpot dish are not too picky, but freshness is always a prioritized requirement. It is sometimes cooked with Duc fish or Suot fish, but the best is still Mai fish, one of the fish specialties in Phan Thiet-Binh Thuan sea.
Where to eat:
- Seahorse Bistro Restaurant: 16 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street
3. Banh Quai Vac
Banh Quai Vac has the taste of the Central Sea, especially in Mui Ne, Binh Thuan, which is a kind of fast food and street food. The crust is made of wheat flour. The fillings include shrimp and pork which are stir-fried genuinely, adding pepper, sugar. The cakes are boiled and coated with some oil so that they won’t stick to each other. Sprinkle spring onions and fried pork fat (Top Mo) are put on top, you must dip the cake into the sweet and sour sauce to enjoy the dish.
Banh Quai Vac is served in both street vendors and luxurious restaurants. However, it is still a great experience to savor the food when sitting on a plastic chair around the vendor on the roadside.
Where to eat:
- Xiu Shop: 1 HA, Kim Dong street, Phan Thiet (valley between Tran Quoc Toan bookstore and Bitis shop)
- An Minh food Kiosh in Phan Thiet market: 1 Nguyen Du Street, Phan Thiet
4. Goi Ca Mai
Goi Ca Mai (Mai fish salad) is a distinctively beautiful dish that could not be missed on your trip to Mui Ne. The freshly caught Mai fish with sweet-tasty, chewy, crunchy, and smelling flesh is the main ingredient for the salad. The cook will separate the flesh from the bones, cut them into flat pieces, then mix them with lemon juice, ginger, galingale, minced garlic. The dish is added some crushed peanuts and hot pepper on top. The dipping sauce is what makes Goi Ca Mai different from other food, which has a typical and unique flavor made from tamarind, ripe banana, garlic, chili, toasted sesame.
Where to eat:
Restaurants along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street
5. Banh Xeo, Banh Can
One of the delicious dishes in Phan Thiet in the afternoon that everyone loves is Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancake) or Banh Can (mini-pancake). The best time to find that street food is in the afternoon and evening.
Banh Xeo has the same size as the palm of your hand. It is eaten in the cup with fish sauce. The crust is fragrant crispy, the fillings are made by minced meat, shrimp, and squid. Just a bite would make you so happy.
Banh Can is a simple but tasty dish. To bake Banh Can, people use a special mold made of earthenware, with multiple round holes. The filling contains shrimp, squid, which are the popular seafood in Mui Ne. Banh Can is usually eaten with sliced green mango, starfruit cucumber, and onion.
Where to eat:
• Mango Tree Pancake: Tuyen Quang and Phan Thiet streets
• Cay Phuong pancakes: Tuyen Quang and Phan Thiet street
• Banh Xeo cursing: Behind Hung Vuong secondary school, Phan Thiet
• Banh Can: No. 168 Thu Khoa Huan, Phan Thiet
• Banh Can: 8 Hai Thuong Lan Ong or Banh Cuong at the foot of Duc Thanh Bridge
Referring to the delicious food in Phan Thiet, you surely cannot miss seafood. Restaurants and seafood shops are easy to find on the embankments near Tran Hung Dao bridge heading towards Doi Duong beach, or along Thu Khoa Huan street.
You’ll find shrimp, crabs, squid, fish, and shellfish still alive and swimming. When buying, the owner will weigh and pick it up to process immediately, making the seafood both fresh and sweet. The ways of cooking seafood in Mui Ne are diverse: steamed, boiled dishes with ginger discharge, stir-fried tamarind with garlic and chili, and baked with cheese.
Where to eat:
Restaurants along Thu Khoa Huan Street
7. Banh Canh Cha Ca
Banh Canh Cha Ca (noodles soup with grilled-fish) in Mui Ne is different from Banh Canh in many other places. Instead of translucent noodles, Banh Canh here has opaque white noodles. The fish is the heart of the simple noodles bowl, usually consisting of steamed and fried fish. The broth is stewed from a variety of freshly caught fish in the sea of Mui Ne, which is a bit sweeter than in Saigon, but it is more charming.
Where to eat:
• Fish cake with soup: 66 Tran Quy Cap, Phan Thiet
• Quan Xiu: Number 1 HA, Kim Dong Street, Phan Thiet
• Bread of fish cake: Tuyen Quang and Phan Thiet streets
• Co Xi fish cake: 309 Huynh Thuc Khang, Phan Thiet
• Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street: Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street
Mui Ne is an amazing place that should be in your bucket list. We hope this article will be of help to your upcoming Mui Ne trip.
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