Mui Ne, Vietnam

Energetic activities abound here, including jet skiing, speedboat hire, water-skiing, and the latest local obsession, kite surfing (or, if your vibe is more leisurely than lively, take a spot on the gleaming white sand and settle in to enjoy the watersports spectacle unfold in front of you). Culinary creatives can book into an après-surf cooking class on the beach. At the lively fishing market in the northern end of Mui Ne Bay, fishermen review the catches of the day and vendors steam fresh seafood (impossible to resist). Book a jeep tour to join sand-boarders, explorers and budding photographers at Mui Ne’s famous red and white sand dunes.

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When to go

Mui Ne’s sand dunes help protect its unique, dry micro climate (the town receives half the average rainfall of nearby Phan Thiet), making it an ideal year-round destination. If you’re keen for kite surfing, book your trip in the windier months of November to March, or visit between August and December for the best surfing conditions.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Mui Ne’s closest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, serving all major international airlines. From Ho Chi Minh, it’s a four-hour drive or train ride to Mui Ne.
  • Trains

    The four-hour train journey from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon station) takes you from cosmopolitan cities through tropical countryside to Phan Tiet railway station, half an hour’s drive from Mui Ne.
  • Automobiles

    Mui Ne is a four-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City or a five-hour trip from Nha Trang. Don't consider car hire though, the driving conditions will stress you out and you'd be much better off asking your hotel about hiring a motorbike or scooter (or just getting by on bicycle, which is brilliant). Open-tour buses serve Mui Ne from both cities, at a cost of around US$10.