From relaxing to kite surfing to nightlife: Mui Ne has it!
Mui Ne is a popular resort area in the south of Vietnam, especially famous for the beautiful beaches and white(ish) sand dunes. Northeast of Phan Thiet is a hill, topped with ancient Cham towers. After that, the street slopes down to the crescent of Mui Ne.
Over the last decade or so, the formerly sleepy fishing town has attracted serious development and an increasing amount of tourists. The visitors are mainly Vietnamese from Saigon or Russian natives. So many Russians actually love Mui Ne, that shops, resorts and restaurants speak more Russian than English. Doesn't matter though, I kinda like Russians. Under their grumpy surface lies a cheerful nature.
Along the 15 kilometres of Nguyen Dinh Chieu street between Mui Ne and Phan Thiet, one resort is aligned next to the other. The main resort strip is called Ham Tien and stretches between the numbers 2 and 98.
Investors complain frequently that the migratory sand of the region is a curse to developing the area. The sand moves up and down the strip according to season. That may result in some resorts displaying a concrete pier while others feature a nice sandy beach. But don't worry, when your vacation is over, the sand will come back. No, but seriously now, there is always a nice stretch of sand along the coast where you can enjoy the feeling of an amazing beach vacation.
The higher the number of the address, the more affordable is the accommodation usually. More interlocked with local life and less touristy. Some cheap hotels have popped up recently, across from the beachfront resorts. Crossing a resort area towards the beach may or may not get you involved with the guards of the resort, but where there is a will, there is a way.
As I have mentioned already, Mui Ne is, quite like Nha Trang, very popular among Russian package tourists. The numbers of visitors has dropped though, since the Ruble declined. Yet many restaurants offer menus in Russian language, shopkeepers speak it better than English and other shops like pharmacies and souvenir stalls bear signs in Russian and Vietnamese.
The most popular and romantic landmarks of Mui Ne are the exceptionally beautiful Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien, not to be confused with the Fairy Stream of Phu Quoc Island, which is nice too, but by far not that nice) and the white sand dunes where you can walk around or rent an ATV and cruise along the dunes.
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The red dunes of Mui Ne are too close to the tourist strip and while you can easily walk the white dunes barefoot to enjoy the fine sand between your toes, the red dunes contain too much trash to do so. Also there are many hawkers, trying to get your attention for their stuff, like sheets of plastic for sliding down the dunes, which may even be enjoyable.
If you stay for longer, you may be happy to hear that Phan Thiet offers a variety of shopping opportunities apart from souvenirs and knick-knack. There is a Co-Op Mart and a Lotte Mart. Since both Mui Ne Market and Ham Tien Market have been rebuilt, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of these markets first hand. While Phan Thiet is mainly a shopping place for the locals, Mui Ne and Ham Tien feature small malls and tons of small shops for touristy stuff.
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