With its origins as a fishing village, Mui Ne has stayed true to its laid-back roots. Yes, there are resorts to cater to every budget here. The real charm of Mui Ne lies in the fact that you don’t feel like you’re in a sanitized part of the country. This is usually the case in the overly-developed cities.
Vietnam has been back on the map of Asian travel itineraries for many years.
United Airlines became the first US airline in over 30 years to serve the country in 2007. Americans returned to the nation in droves and still do today. Almost overnight Vietnam transitioned from niche to mainstream market.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City were the early recipients of the tourist boom. Resort towns and cultural centers such as Da Nang, Hoi An, and Nha Trang followed.
The beachside resort of Mui Ne is one destination that has moved up the curve on tourism by leaps and bounds. Most of its growth has been in recent years.
Mui Ne is about as far away from the teeming congestion of Vietnams largest cities as you will find.
Beaches of Mui Ne
The beaches are a huge draw for tourists but there is so much more. It’s the surrounding areas of Mui Ne that make the area one of the most unique in Vietnam. For travelers with a couple of days in Mui Ne, there are several day-tours that you’d be sorry not to try.
Around seven miles from the main resort-strip is the Mui Ne Sand Dunes (Doi Cat), untouched and pristine. The dunes are home to some of the softest sand in Vietnam. They offer some terrific vantage points of both the South China Sea and the coastline.
Some decent cafes line the road but avoid the kids who will apply the hard sell on plastic sleds to zip down the dunes. No one wins in that scenario, least of all the sand.
Fairy Stream and Mui Ne Waterfall
Think bamboo forests, passive rivers and a soundtrack of insects and birds. Easy access from Mui Ne, it’s a 30-minute hike through a babbling creek bed. You cut through the canyon and up to the waterfall. All the while, admiring the surrounding red clay canyon.
The Fairy Stream is a photography hotspot in Mui Ne. this is due to its dramatic landscape of reds, whites, oranges, and pinks. This geological formation is actually a water fissure, Flanked by a mix of white and red sand dunes on one side. On the other, is an expansive field of trees, blossoming flowers, and coconut palms. Take off their shoes and wade through the water during your visit to Fairy Stream. It is the only way to get access to the most beautiful areas.
With water flowing from the mountains, the stream is about ankle-deep for the most part. It doesn’t get past your knees at its deepest.
Visit a Fish Sauce Factory In Mui Ne
Not For The Faint of Heart. The area’s fish sauce factories are unforgettable. Known as nuoc mam, fish sauce is a staple of most Vietnamese foods. The trip from the plant to the table is where the real interest lies. At Mui Ne’s fish sauce plants, you will smell the giant vats of fermenting fish sauce well before you see them. To create its unique taste and pungent aroma, fish ferment in the blazing sun for months at a time. Is it pungent? You bet it is. Is a trip to the fish sauce factory worth it? Yes, if only to experience a part of Vietnam left untouched for millennia.
Top Relaxing Accommodations
You’ll get more out of Mui Ne by venturing out. Even though it is tempting to lounge at the resort or take up permanent residence at the beach.
Our pick is the Mui Ne Backpackers Village in the heart of town.
The owner is an Australian gentleman who is very friendly and has a delightful helpful staff. They offer 8 Dorm Rooms (4, 6, 8, 12 beds) or 18 Private Twin/Double Rooms, all with AC, wifi, and more. Backpackers Village has a large swimming pool, restaurant, bar, laundry service, and security. They also offer free motorbike and bicycle parking, currency exchange and tour booking. They can also arrange lessons for Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, and Sailing. We spent 2 weeks there and loved it. The dorms rent for $5 to $8/bed and the Private rooms $18 to $20/night.
After seeing the few interesting places that Mui Ne had to offer, we rarely left the front gate of the hostel.
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