Mui Ne is a relaxing paradise for those who seek adventure, nightlife and good vibes. It is not only known for its beautiful beaches, but also its towering white sand dunes, pink sand dunes, lotus flower filled lakes, streams and endless places to enjoy!
Below you will find the ultimate travel guide to Mui Ne written by a local resident and translated into English. We are sure, this will be the best source for information and travel recommendations for travelling to Mui Ne. Best of luck!
Where is Mui Ne located?
Mui Ne is about 210 km from Ho Chi Minh City, and about 10 km from Phan Thiet city.
Mui Ne belongs to Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province.
Transportation to Mui Ne
- Airplane: Currently, there is no airport in Binh Thuan province, or in Mui Ne. However, in the near future, an airport will be opened in Thien Nghiep commune, Phan Thiet city. The airport will be very close to the entertainment spots in Mui Ne, as well as the various resorts and hotels there.
- Train: Trains stop at the station in Phan Thiet city or at Muong Man station. From the station, visitors can take a taxi or motorbike taxi to Mui Ne. The cost for a taxi from Muong Man station to Mui Ne is quite high, about 500km. (due to the long distance) So please keep this in mind when planning to travel by train.
- Bus: There are many bus routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne such as: Phuong Trang, Tam Hanh, Hanh Café, etc. These bus companies are located on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1. You can choose a normal sleeper bus, or a VIP sleeper bus, both offered at an affordable price. The bus will drop you off right at Mui Ne.
- Motorcycle: Traveling by motorbike is fun and can save you a lot of money. You may choose to take the sea route across Tien Thanh to Phan Thiet city. This way you get the chance to see Tien Thanh beach. This article about Tien Thanh beach, will give you more information.
Where To Stay in Mui Ne
In and around Mui Ne you will find ample options for accommodation. You may choose from either a resort, villa, budget hotel or homestay. I have stayed at many resorts, hotels and home-stays in Mui Ne. I especially enjoyed Minhon Hotel because of its reasonable price (about 600k/room for two-three people), swimming pool, free bicycles, free breakfast, beautiful and quiet spaces, not to mention the attentiveness of the staff who made me feel so welcome.
Minhon Hotel is located in a small alley, next to the houses of local people, with no sea view (but it only takes a few minutes to walk to the beach).
Minhon Hotel: 210/5 Nguyen Dinh Chieu
If you prefer to stay at beautiful and luxurious resorts, The Cliff Resort & Residences, Anantara Mui Ne Resort, Muine Bay Resort … are among the more notable.
There is also a range of budget friendly hotels and home-stays that you can book online. I recommend the Meraki Oasis Hotel, as well as Cesar Homestay.
Meraki Oasis: 148 – 150 Nguyen Dinh Chieu
Cesar Homestay: 124 Nguyen Dinh Chieu.
Top 10 Attractions in Mui Ne
Poshanu Cham Tower – Lau Ong Hoang (Palace)
Poshanu Cham Tower (Tháp Po Sah Inu ) and Lao Ong Hoang are two beautiful attractions located adjacent to each other. The tower is surrounded by remnants of the temples of the ancient Champa Kingdom, located on Ba Nai Hill, in Phu Hai ward, Phan Thiet city.
The tower exemplifies the Hoa Lai architectural style – one of the ancient art styles of the Champa people. Fortunately, the main tower is still quite intact.
Around the end of the 8th century and the beginning of the 9th century, the Cham people built this group of temples and towers for the purpose of worshiping the god Shiva – one of the Hindu gods that is worshiped and revered by Hindus around the world. It was built with a number of adjoining temples of simpler architecture which were used to worship Princess Po Sha Inu.
Princess Po Sha Inu (son of King Para Chanh) was a talented woman known for her elegance, and was revered among the Champa people.
The ticket prices for visiting the tower is 15k/adult, 7k/child, excluding parking fee (2023). Souvenirs of Cham textile and ceramic products can be found in surrounding stalls. You will also see Cham men and women dressed in traditional costume dancing and playing musical instruments.
Just a short stroll from the Poshanu tower you can visit Lau Ong Hoang. Lau Ong Hoang was originally a villa built by Ferdinand d’Orléans, Duke De Montpensier, grandson of King Louis-Philippe I of France, at the cost of 82,000 Indochinese silver coins.
Although not in its original form, it’s ruins still form a spectacular structure.
This place also once housed the famous Vietnamese poet Han Mac Tu during his visit to Phan Thiet. It and his wife, Mong Cam appear prominently in his poetry.
The Poshanu Cham Tower and Lau Ong Hoang are located between the route connecting Phan Thiet city and Mui Ne making them a great option if you plan to visit Phan Thiet. See our article on places to visit in Phan Thiet city: https://www.travool.life/du-lich-phan-thiet-2022
Fish Sauce Museum
The Fish Sauce Museum is only 2.5 km from Poshanu Tower.
If you move from Phan Thiet city to Mui Ne, you will pass by Phu Hai ward, where there are many factories and households producing fish sauce. Not only are fish sauce shops unique to look at, but the characteristic salty aroma of fish sauce in this area is poignant and memorable. With vendors happy to let customers try their famous brews.
The local fish sauce from Phamn Thiet amnd Mui Ne is well regarded throughout the rest of Vietnam and exemplifies the simple traditional industry of amnd pride of the local people. Fish sauce is a characteristic, traditional beauty of the people of Phan Thiet – Mui Ne.
Tickets to the Fish Sauce Museum: 100k/person
Fish Sauce Museum: 360, Nguyen Thong, Phan Thiet City, Mui Ne. Phone number: 0901111666
Suoi Tien is a shallow stream with red sand. The stream is surrounded by dark red-orange limestone mountains. Best of all this place is completely free. However if you wish to ride an ostrich up and down the stream, then there are local tour operators who can point you in the right direction.
White sand dunes
Image provided by Lac House
In Mui Ne, there are large fields of white sand dunes and pink sand dunes that are a huge drawcard for local and foreign tourists. The sand dunes change shape continuously by the movement of the wind. They truly make up a beautiful and wild scene, and a favourite place to take pictures of many young people.
The Wine Castle – Vo Nguyen Giap Street
The Wine Castle is located on beautiful Vo Nguyen Giap Street. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed rolling along on a motorbike on a late afternoon on Vo Nguyen Giap Street taking in the beautiful vistas overlooking the sea and the immense sand dunes. This place is one of my top picks!
Enjoy a Sunset on Vo Nguyen Giap Street
The wine castle is located in the high-class resort of Sea Link City. Sea Link City sprawls across more than 12,000 hectares, and is home to one of the largest wine cellars in Vietnam.
The castle contains somewhere in the vicinity of 200,000 bottles of fine wine, produced and bottled in the warehouse as well as being imported directly.
Tickets to visit the castle: 120k / person, and guests can try a glass of wine (2023)
Tickets for sightseeing and wine tasting: 200k/person can try 2 types of wine, and 250k/person can try 4 types of wine. (2023)
Dai Phong Electric Wind Turbines (Giant Windmills)
In Binh Thuan, there are three places you can view the windmill fields: Tuy Phong, Phu Quy Island and Mui Ne. The fan field at Mui Ne is called the Dai Phong Fan Field.
To get to Dai Phong wind power field hidden in a remote area with little population, your best bet is to ask the help of local people and direct yourself with google maps.
The Pink Sand Dunes – An epic place to enjoy Sand Boarding!
Continuing to move along Vo Nguyen Giap Road, extending into 706B Road, you will see the Hong Sand Hills, also known as the Bay Sand Hills. The Hong sand dunes are quite wide but mostly low sand hills, glistening with orange-pink light in the sun.
If you come to the Hong sand hills, don’t miss out on the sand tobogganing experience. As you enter many children and women, will offer you to rent thin rectangular boards to go sand-boarding.
Then it’s all up to you to climb the sand dunes, sit on the board and slide down. It’s a simple activity and can be a hell of a lot of fun.
The price of renting the boards is very affordable (only about 10k – 20k), and it certainly goes a long way to help the local people.
TIP – When planning your day, you may opt for sand-boarding early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat!
Bau Trang is located north of Mui Ne. Come to enjoy vast white sand hills, a large lotus lake, green meadows as well as many entertainment options and photography services.
Photo provided by Lac House.
From Mui Ne, you can rent a Jeep as well as other boho styled vehicles to travel to Bau Trang.
Attractions: Get some nice snaps while riding a camel; Or conquer the white sand dunes with an off-road vehicle.
Lac House – the place that provided the pictures for me in this article, provides a full range of services: homestay (250-600k), jeep tour (600k), boho costume rental (from 75k).
Lac House: 149A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne. Phone number: 0944274034
Photo provided by Lac House
Visitors rent a jeep to experience the sea route of Mui Ne – Bau Trang – Phan Ri. Photo provided by Lac House
Taking pictures with camels: 200k/pax
Off-road vehicle: 300k – 350k/pax
Pickup truck: 800k/car
Mui Yen is an emerging, wild, unexploited tourist destination. A place to satisfy your desire to conquer and mingle with nature. Because Mui Yen is still wild, you will need to prepare food options beforehand and especially drinking water. Also accommodation options are sparse, and many opt to camp out in this wild territory.
Image provided by friend Henry Duong
Lonely Bang Tree – Chua Beach
Guests check in the lonely eagle tree at Bai Chua. Image provided by friend Henry Duong.
The Coconut Tree is located at Bai Chua, another emerging landmark; located in Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province. From Bau Trang, you can easily travel to using the trusty directions of google maps, simply search for Bai Chua.
Entertainment Options at Mui Ne
Watch the Fishermen Show – The Legend of the Fishing Village
If you come to Mui Ne on the weekend, be sure not to miss this artistic performance.
The Fishermen Show – The Legend of the Fishing Village tells the story of a giant Whale and is performed on a four-story water stage with local actors and artists.
The live show takes place for 70 minutes in a covered restaurant with a capacity of 1200 seats.
Enjoy singing, dancing, flying swings, water music, basket boats pulling nets, flying sand dunes, giant fish skeletons all enhanced by the extremely magnificent sound and light effects.
Ticket prices: from 300k/pax. (2023) The show takes place every Saturday at 8pm. The Hotline number for booking tickets is: 090111666
Fishermen Show Theatre: 360 Nguyen Thong, Phan Thiet City, Mui Ne. (Next to Fish Sauce Museum)
Have fun at the Trampoline club “Jump”
Have fun and exercise at the Trampoline Club Jump!
Here, in addition to jumping around like a rag doll, you can also shoot hoops, box and work out at the gym. The arena is cool, clean, and suitable for small families and groups of young people.
The Ticket price is 50k/hour/person.
The Trampoline Club “Jump” : H93 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, phone number: 0899971264
At many of the hotels and resorts situated along the coast you can easily rent a canoe or kite surfing rig for the day.
At night, Mui Ne is a paradise of bars and pubs. Small spas serving relaxing beauty treatments such as shampoo with massage. Face, foot and body massages are also easily found along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Road.
Restaurants & Dining Options
Along Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, you will see a variety of restaurants with a glorious range of seafood options as well as casual eateries.
If you are a seafood fanatic and want to save money, you can buy fresh seafood yourself at the Mui Ne market or a small seafood market near Phu Hai River. The seafood here is guaranteed to be fresh, as well as affordable.
Popular restaurants in Mui Ne usually only range from only 20k -35k per serving
Chameleon Beach Bar is a sea view cafe that sells delicious food. This is a relatively new and popular place in recent times. There is a large variety of food options here from Vietnamese to Western, including Thai dishes. Food and drink prices are reasonable and you’ll find a nice space on the beach to enjoy while you dine.
Cay Bang Restaurant is a prominent restaurant in Mui Ne, that always seems to be crowded with tourists. The food here is delicious; the seafood is fresh! The price is a little high but still reasonable for the amazing quality.
Chameleon Beach Bar: 138 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet city. Hotline: 02526550777.
Cay Bang Restaurant: 2-4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet city
Mui Ne is a destination that is on many top 10 lists of places to see in Vietnam. So, what are you waiting for, pick up your backpack and go! Just remember to be a little sun prepared and you’re sure to have a great time!
Many thanks to: The Fish Sauce Museum, The Fishermen Show, as well as Henry Duong, and the Lac House for providing images for this article.