Mui Ne is a coastal fishing town in the south-central Binh Thuan Province of Vietnam. The town, with approximately 25,000 residents, is a ward of the city of Phan Thiet. Mui Ne and the other wards of Phan Thiet stretch along the coast for approximately 50 kilometers and have been transformed into a resort destination since the mid 1990s, when many visited the area to view the solar eclipse of October 24, 1995. Most notably, tourism has developed in the area from the Phan Thiet city center to Mui Ne, which has more than a hundred beach resorts, as well as restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.
Mui Ne ward has two beaches; Ganh Beach and Suoi Nuoc Beach, both with a number of resorts and a few shops and restaurants. But the most highly developed area is Rang Beach in Ham Tien ward (often erroneously called “Mui Ne Beach” by foreigners), which extends west of Mui Ne. Strong sea breezes make all three beaches very popular for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
The tourist season is from December to April. The average temperature is 27°C, and the climate is hot and dry much of the year.
Mui Ne is well known for unique white sand dunes, featuring several lakes and even swamps straight in the middle of sandy terrain. It is also the only place in Vietnam with hot air balloon ride service for adventurous tourists.
Fairy Stream is a photography hotspot in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne due to its dramatic landscape of reds, whites, oranges and pinks. Located 18 km northeast of Phan Thiet City, this geological formation is actually a water fissure nearby Rom Island that’s flanked by a mix of white and red sand dunes on one side while the other is an expansive field of verdant trees, blossoming flowers, and coconut palms.
Entrance to Fairy Stream is free of charge and it takes about an hour to reach the end of the stream. If you’re feeling peckish, several food stalls are set along the way while bars and restaurants are located upstream.
Location: Huynh Thuc Khang, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet – Mui Ne
Mui Ne Beach
Mui Ne is Phan Thiet’s most prominent coastal resort town, spanning 15 kilometres of sandy beaches that are lined with an array of dining and shopping venues as well as luxurious beachfront resorts. Great for experiencing the daily lives of the local population, the northern end of Mui Ne Bay is home to a traditional fishing village which also offers a picturesque view of the coastline lined with swaying palm trees and colourful fishing boats moored on the water.
Mui Ne Fishing Village
Location: 7km north of Mui Ne Town, Phan Thiet – Mui Ne
The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne
The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are two geological wonders no visitor should ever miss out on their travel itinerary. There are numerous tour operators in Mui Ne that organise daytrips to these Saharan-like red and white sand dunes, but you can easily make your way to both locales if you prefer exploring according to your own pace
Location: White Sand Dunes: 26km northeast of Mui Ne Beach; Red Sand Dunes: 17km northeast of Mui Ne Beach
Po Shanu Cham Tower
Located seven kilometres northeast of Phan Thiet City, the Po Shanu Cham Towers were built to honour Hindu deities Lord Shiva, Agni and Nandi. The main tower measures 15 metres in height, featuring an altar with several lingams of Lord Shiva while the other two stand at 12 metres and five metres respectively.
Location: Ong Hoang Hill, Phan Thiet – Mui Ne
Van Thuy Tu Temple
Van Thuy Tu Temple is the largest and oldest whale temple in Phan Thiet, displaying skeletal remains of whales, fishing boats, conical hats, and authentic artefacts from the Nguyen Dynasty. Built in 1762 to commemorate Ca Ong (Lord Whale), locals believe that whales are benevolent creatures that protect fisherman from bad weather and the dangers at sea.
Address: 54 Ngu Ong Street, Phan Thiet
White Sand Dunes – Bau Trang
White Sand Dunes or Bau Trang (White Lake) feature dramatic white sand dunes plunging towards a small lagoon lined with lotus flowers. White Sand Dunes is likened “The mini Sahara” in Vietnam with untouched landscape. In here, you can hire a terrain vehicle or a Jeep to drive around Bau Trang, costing about VND 600,000 for 20 minutes.
Truong Duc Thanh
Truong Duc Thanh is the place where Nguyen Tat Thanh (Ho Chi Minh President was using at 20 years old) taught in the year 1910, before he when to Sai Gon to travel abroad for finding the road of national salvation