Mui Ne is a quaint coastal town approximately 5 hours from the buzzing and heady city of Ho Chi Minh. I’d spent several days sightseeing, taking a day trip to Mekong Delta, and partying at Bui Vien backpacker street. As such, I was drained, and I just wanted some time to chill out and breathe. Mui Ne was the perfect place for that. Again, there aren’t a lot of things to do in Mui Ne. But that’s okay.
If you’re going to Mui Ne for activities or sightseeing, a day or two would suffice.
However, if you’re travel weary and want to dig your toes in the sand and relax, Mui Ne is ideal.
In this article, I’ll tell you about all the things to do in Mui Ne. And yes, relaxing and chilling do count as activities in Mui Ne.
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Mui Ne has no shortage of beach clubs and charming coastal cafes. You can easily spend all day being entertained by live music, drinking cocktails, and getting your chill on.
There’s not much more to say about it because, well, we all know what beach clubs are about. Not much. And that’s okay.
I highly recommend checking out Joe’s Cafe and Garden Resort. They’re right next to the beach, located in a quiet corner of Mui Ne, and they’re really aesthetically pleasing. Oh, and they also offer accommodations!
If you enjoy water sports, you’ll love Mui Ne. One of the most popular things to do in Mui Ne is kitesurfing. It’s one of Southeast Asia’s kitesurfing capitals.
If you’re going to Mui Ne solely for the purpose of kitesurfing, you should go between October and March. These are the most uniformly windy months.
There are a lot of kitesurfing schools in Mui Ne. Some of them offer quick crash courses, and some offer training over 2 to 3 days. It all depends on whether you just want to nab an experience or actually learn kitesurfing.
However, you should know that learning kitesurfing is one of the most expensive things to do in Mui Ne. A good session from a proper school costs anything between $50 to $70 an hour.
There are two vast and expansive sand dunes in Mui Ne — the Red and White sand dunes. Both of them are created as a result of the constant sea breeze.
Visiting the sand dunes is one of the most popular things to do in Mui Ne. That’s mostly because it’s one of the only things to do in Mui Ne.
There are a lot of jeep tours that take you to both of the dunes, stopping at the red dune during sunset. However, if you’re going on a tour, you should know that you’ll be going at peak hours.
This means you likely won’t get that solo shot of yourself standing against miles of untouched sand dunes.
If you want to be on your own, you should rent a bike and travel yourself. The sand dunes are about 11 kilometers from Mui Ne. You should go during the middle of the day when the tours aren’t there.
One of the most popular activities here is sandboarding. Basically, you hop on a board at the top of the sand dune and then slide all the way down in reckless abandon.
If you want a guided tour, you should try the Mui Ne Sunrise Sand Dune Half Day Tour. It will take you through all the important sights and activities in Mui Ne and just cost $45.
One of the most picturesque things to do in Mui Ne is to walk the Fairy Stream. This is a little Red Canyon along a little red and orange walking stream.
You can walk along the whole canyon in about an hour or hour and a half. You don’t even need a guide as it’s quite straightforward.
The stream itself runs parallel to the natural red stalagmite hill which makes for great photographs.
If you enjoy the sight of fishermen going about their business, you can check out the fishing villages. It’s located in the Mui Ne harbor and is most active early in the morning.
The fishing boats they use are bright and colorful. You can even try some freshly caught fish in the markets later.
An added bonus is the fact that not a lot of tourists come here.
All the backpackers in Vietnam — or at least those who had been to Mui Ne — raved about this hostel. It’s one of the best backpacker hostels in Vietnam because of accessibility, facilities, and just general vibe.
Mui Ne Backpacker Village is located just minutes away from the beaches and the charming coastal cafes. They have an outdoor pool, ping pong tables, on-site restaurant, etc.
A bed in a dorm room for a night costs approx. ₫ 110,000 ($5 | ₹320). However, you can check out the latest rates at the Mui Ne Backpacker Village Booking Page.
Joe’s Cafe is a lovely coastal resort with a beautiful pool, picturesque landscaped gardens, and a cafe with live music.
The rooms in the resort are designed in a cottage style with hardwood accents and a natural aesthetic.
You can check out the latest rates at the Joe’s Garden Resort Booking Page.
You can also find other suitable Mui Ne hotels and accommodations using booking.com.
I hope this article has helped you figure out what are the best things to do in Mui Ne. But even if you don’t wanna’ do anything at all, that’s cool, just get yourself a margarita and relax!
Feel free to share your own experiences and ask questions down in the comments below!
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