Mui Ne, Phan Thiet is famous for its long stretches of white sand, blue sea and rows of coconut trees. Visitors can come to Mui Ne year-round, each season “paradise of sea” brings a different beauty. From April to August is the most beautiful time in Mui Ne, this time the sea is clear and cool. August to December, will be suitable for surfing enthusiasts and adventurous sports for the moment.
How to go to Mui Ne beach?
From Ho Chi Minh City, you can easily travel to Mui Ne by motorbike, bus or train.
The solo traveller often follow the coastal road. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can follow the direction of Cat Lai ferry, go to Long Thanh, then go to Ba Ria town, next follow Ho Tram direction through Loc An, after that follow the coastal road towards Phan Thiet. The total distance is about 230 km.
If you do not ride a motorbike, you can also go to the Mien Dong bus station to buy tickets to Phan Thiet. But travel time is about 5 hours, ticket price is VND 130,000 per person, depending on the bus.
Guests can also take the SPT1 / SPT4 train from Saigon Station. Ticket price is 110,000 VND per person, starting in the morning.
From Hanoi, you can fly to Ho Chi Minh City and move to Phan Thiet or fly to Cam Ranh, Nha Trang and catch a bus to Mui Ne (nearly 200 km).
Sightseeing around Mui Ne beach
Mui Ne is not only a “paradise of entertainment” with a beautiful coastline, it is also famous for many historical and Cham Pa cultural sites. Here are 10 most famous destinations in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet.
1. Hon Rom
Hon Rom is the name of a small wild mountain located in Long Son hamlet, Mui Ne ward, Phan Thiet. Visitors should go to Hon Rom in the early morning or late afternoon to watch the sunrise and sunset. This is also an ideal camping site at night or watch the stars. Clusters of beaches in Hon Rom smooth waves, no reefs and clear blue water. You can ask for directions to Rom 1, Hon Rom 2 or Thuy Trang beach to swim.
2. Pink Sand Hill (Doi Cat Hong)
Near Hon Rom is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Mui Ne – Doi Cat Hong. In addition to the long wavy sand, the color of sand is also a tourist attraction. There are 18 different colors on the hill. On the sand hill, you can rent skis, cost about 20,000 VND per plate.
At the foot of the sand hill, there are some quick food and drinks such as: three-stroke coconut, filtered flour, tofu …
3. Hon Genh
Hon Genh is also known as Hon Lao, this place is about 1 km from Mui Ne and quite pristine. To get to Hon Genh, you can rent boats from fishermen (VND 200,000 per boat for 10 people) or take a shuttle service from the resort or hotel.
Early in the morning you can come here to fish, then go scuba diving to see the coral, the evening is the best time to watch the sunset and sunset at sea.
4. Bau Trang – Bau Sen
Bau Trang – Bau Sen is two natural freshwater lakes located between immense white sand hills. To Bau Trang in the summer, visitors can admire thousands of lotus blooming among white sand hills.
Bau Trang sand hill is likened to “Sahara sub-Saharan” in Vietnam with immense, untouched scenery. Here you can hire a terrain vehicle or a Jeep to drive around Bau Trang, costing about VND 600,000 for 20 minutes.
5. Suoi Tien (Fairy Stream)
Fairy Stream in Mui Ne is called “Bong lai Tien Canh” by tourists. There is a small slot located next to Hon Rom.
The stream edge is a natural stone hill with red and white colors with many strange shapes due to the erosion of time.
6. Mui Ne fishing village
The fishing village of Mui Ne is about 3 km from the town. Right at the fishing village entrance are hundreds of colorful fishing boats anchored. Not far away is a small market with a peaceful life.
Although the fishing village stretches only 100 meters along the coast. It is a place where visitors can clearly recognize the lives of fishermen. If you come to the fishing village in the early morning, you can buy many fresh seafood when the boat has just arrived.
7. Duc Thanh School
This is the historical destination you should visit when coming to Mui Ne. The school was founded in 1907 by the patriotic mandarins to respond to the Duy Tan movement in Central Vietnam. Duc Thanh School is also the place where President Ho Chi Minh stopped teaching before entering Saigon. Today in Duc Thanh school area retains almost intact memories of nearly a century ago.
8. Dinh Van Thuy Tu
Located on Ngu Ong Street, Van Thuy Tu Palace is a long-standing relic (1762) with ancient beauty and seriousness. This is also a symbol of the worship of whale of Binh Thuan fishermen. Van Thuy Palace is also the place to keep the largest whale skeleton in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
This skeleton is 22 m long, weighs 65 tons. Every year, there are ceremonies held solemnly on the lunar days: February 20 (Te Xuan); April 20 (Cau cá); June 20 (Main season); 20/7 (Vertical chèo) and 23/8 (finally season). During the ceremony, there were also activities such as singing singing, acting with pride, boat racing …
9. Mui Ne Bay
This is an attractive destination if you like to swim and experience outdoor activities. Located along Mui Ne Bay are beautiful beaches with white sand stretches. If you want to find unspoiled beaches, you can hire a boat to Hon Lao Island. This is a desert island near Mui Ne bay but few people pass by.
10. Poshanu Tower
7 km northeast of the center of Phan Thiet, Poshanu Cham Tower is the remains of the ancient Kingdom of Champa. The tower has Hoa Lai architectural style in the ancient art style of Cham Pa.
If you have time, you should also visit Hon Ba Island, Ke Ga Lighthouse, Ta Cu Mountain, Co Thach Stone Beach, Hang Pagoda, Lanh Son, Cu Lao Cau, Phu Quy Island …
Top 5 dishes in Mui Ne
1. Seafood salad
Mui Ne is famous for its fish salad and snail snail salad. Fish salad is made from apricot fish, fresh fish or fresh chisel fish served with raw vegetables, vermicelli and special sauce. Snail snail salad is the main ingredient of the snail-only snail meat, pork, vegetables, roasted peanuts, fried onion, mixed with sweet and sour fish sauce.
2. Dong dishes
The specialty of Mui Ne sand hill is Dong. The meat is as white as chicken but sweet, fleshy and softer. A delicious dish made from Dong such as grilled Dong, roasted dong, steamed, spring rolls, thunder salads, porridge and cooked with pink melon.
3. King crab
This is the specialty of Tuy Phong area, Binh Thuan. Crab meat is sweet, chewy, and fragrant; crust is soft, crunchy, and can be used to bite teeth. The mud crab in Tuy Phong area is available all year round but on the lunar month of December it is the best crab time. King crabs are usually grilled or steamed with lemon salt, but the best is still porridge.
4. Flexible roll rice paper, fish sauce rice paper
These are popular snacks in Binh Thuan in general. You can find and buy in the street vendors, Thu Khoa Huan and Tran Hung Dao crossroads only sell in the evening.
Hotpot is a typical dish in Phan Thiet that many tourists can eat with. The main ingredients are apricot fish, mackerel, herring, perforated fish, red tilapia … cleaned, fillet then sliced into thin slices. Vegetables with hotpot are also cut into small fibers. Hotpot with dipping sauce mixed with sour tamarind; Fruit peppers, garlic, roasted peanuts, porcelain bananas ripen (there are many places using soy sauce) pureed and mixed with pure fish sauce.
Accommodation in Mui Ne
The fast-growing tourism that entails staying in Mui Ne is also very diverse. Guests can choose from budget homestay to luxury hotels and resorts. The homestay is usually far from the sea and serves mainly young people, foreign groups like new experiences.
The hotel are often located in the nice location, concentrating mainly on Huynh Thuc Khang street extending towards Hon Rom. The hotel in Mui Ne is very much focused mainly on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street.
If you come to Mui Ne for beach holiday, you should choose resorts. This type of accommodation is very diverse, from popular to high-end. Visitors can consider depending on their needs and budget. One of the high-end resorts “worth money for rice” in Mui Ne is Anantara Mui Ne. The resort is located on a long beach with 89 rooms. It is like a tropical garden facing the sea.
The design of the resort is Asian-inspired but inside is fully equipped with facilities and high-class services. Such as wine cellar, pool bar, spa, kids club, gym .. From the resort, visitors can admire the sunset, enjoy international cuisine, discover beautiful mountains or kite surfing on the sea.
- During this time, Mui Ne may have rain, tourists should bring it with them if going out.
- Sea waves are not too big but will be stronger than normal, you should find calm beaches and have safety signs for swimming.
- In the evening, Hon Rom tourist area has an afternoon market with many grilled seafood dishes, the price is very affordable.