Steal away to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh this weekend to enjoy the summer!
Mui Ne is a picturesque summer hot spot: a stretch of beach set to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh just a short 4-5 hour coach ride away, perfect for a weekend getaway from crazy city.
At Mui Ne, there are a wide variety of seasports you can engage in. Most interestingly, you can do kitesurfing there due to the strong winds along the coast. You can have someone instruct you how to kite surf at approximately US$60 per hour. We weren’t feeling particularly adventurous so we just took a nice stroll on the beach instead and gave the kitesurfing a miss.
Aside from seasports and the sandy beaches, Mui Ne is most famous for its sand dunes. One can easily book a day tour from Ho Chi Minh or with a hotel/tour agency in Mui Ne that will take you to all the attractions, including the white sand dunes, red sand dunes and fairy springs. We booked ours through out hotel and it costed us US$40 for a day trip for 1 jeep (max. 4 people excluding driver).
First stop they took us was to see the white sand dunes at sunrise. You need to get up really early like 5-6AM for this, so be sure to have rested well the night before, otherwise you’d be grouchy and tired at the dunes, which is a huge waste.
The tour included a short stop at the local fishing pier. I actually liked this the most. The interactions of the locals, and the way they went about their daily activities was really interesting, and totally untouristy, unlike the rest of Mui ne which I find rather contrived and ‘made-up’. The short half-hour we spent walking around here, observing the locals gave us an insight into their daily lives.
Finally we were dropped off at the fairy springs, the last stop of the day tour. The rock formations there are interesting and the spring water is really nice and cool — great to take off your foot wear and soak your feet in for a while.
All in all, Mui Ne makes for a perfect summer getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you’re planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh, do consider this as part of your itinerary.