Mui Ne Travel Guide: Backpacking Mui Ne Itinerary & Is It Worth Visiting? 2024

Come and check out my favorite 2 days in Mui Ne itinerary and find out is Mui Ne worth visiting. Take your adventures in Vietnam to the next level by finding out the best things to do, restaurants, where to stay, and more for your backpacking Mui Ne adventure!


Located on the Southeast coast of Vietnam is the small seaside town of Mui Ne. Though contrary to its size, this place has well and truly earned its place on the banana pancake backpacking trail.

Known for its incredible landscapes there is not anywhere else like it in this country. That’s why backpacking Mui Ne is a must.

However what exactly is there to do in Mui Ne and is it really worth visiting in your Vietnam adventures?

Luckily I have spent quite some time backpacking Vietnam visiting many places including Mui Ne. While there I decided to visit the absolute best parts of it to bring you this Mui Ne itinerary and decide whether it is worth a visit.

Think huge sand dunes with impressive views over the ocean, small village vibes, affordable accommodation, and food, as well as nearby beaches to visit.

Nevertheless, let’s get into this travel guide and itinerary. Find out everything you need to know such as where to stay, eat, and what to do. Ultimately allowing you to have an incredible, stress-free time while backpacking Mui Ne.



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Is Mui Ne Worth Visiting

Honestly, I do believe Mui Ne is worth visiting on your Vietnam Itinerary. The landscapes here are unlike anything else you will find in the country and is quite a unique experience.

However, in saying this you don’t need to spend long here. There are some highlights in Mui Ne checking out, but they can all be ticked off in one day.

I also didn’t find the beaches here overly spectacular so I would just visit the Red Sand Dunes, White Sand Dunes, and Fairy Stream, then move on.


How Many Days To Spend In Mui Ne

Mui Ne was actually one of the few places where I definitely spent too long while backpacking around Vietnam.

Yes, it is still worth visiting, though you do not need to spend as long here as you would in other places in Vietnam. Overall I would try to spend 3 nights in each location so I can get a good vibe for the place and explore some of the best things there. Though in Mui Ne you only need 1 night or 2 nights at most.

I know this may not seem like long, but I found so many backpackers here were also doing this. You can easily do a morning tour of the best sites and spend the rest of the time relaxing.

Perhaps you would like to spend longer here if you can afford a nice beachfront resort, though unfortunately, my hostel in Mui Ne did not cut the mustard. Nevertheless, there was a good party vibe for just $5.00 per night.

the contrast between the orange cliffs and green jungle on the fairy stream, a must explore on your 2 days in mui ne itinerary
the contrast between the orange cliffs and green jungle on the fairy stream, a must explore on your 2 days in mui ne itinerary

How To Plan A Mui Ne Itinerary

When it comes to your Mui Ne Itinerary you do have a couple of options as to getting to and visiting this seaside town:

Independent travel: You can find numerous buses and trains traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne or Nha Trang to Mui Ne so it is pretty damn easy to book it yourself over on 12 Go Asia. Once in Mui Ne, you can easily find hostels and guesthouses.

Organized tours: There are a small number of organized tours from Ho Chi Minh City that will take you to Mui Ne. These will include accommodation and a tour of the highlights. Some of these tours are just day trips while others are overnight.

Recommended Tours:

Day Trip: Take a day trip to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City, the perfect option if you are short on time. Enjoy a day where everything is taken care for you while you enjoy checking out the highlights in Mui Ne.

Overnight Trip: Spend 2 days 1 night in Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy relaxing at a 4 star beach resort with breakfast and lunch included.

Transport ONLY: Book a comfortable and luxurious sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne. Relax in your own pod style bed and arrive right at your accommodation in Mui Ne.

the main strip of shops and restaurants in mui ne
the main strip of shops and restaurants in mui ne

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Day 1: Explore The Outskirts On The Mui Ne Itinerary

Welcome to Mui Ne! On our first day in Mui Ne itinerary, we will take things a bit slower as we explore what exactly the town has to offer. Enjoy spending time on the beach, why not try out some new skills, or explore some of the history here?

I have left the first-day itinerary relatively open, and not doing the absolute best things. This is simply because you can arrive at whatever time from your previous destination and don’t have to rush about the first morning.

We will do the best things to do in Mui Ne on our second day of the adventures before departing in the afternoon.


Morning: Po Shanu Cham Towers

Before we start exploring it is time to grab some breakfast to fuel you for the day. The Brunch Bar Mui Ne is a great breakfast spot with super affordable prices. You can’t go wrong when a delicious egg benedict costs $2.60!

Now you are ready to explore and prepare yourself for the Po Shanu Cham Towers. However, they aren’t in the main touristy area of Mui Ne, and instead are slightly out of town between Mui Ne and Phan Thiet.

To visit I recommend booking a taxi which will cost you between $10.00 to $15.00 each way. To prevent getting ripped off use Grab in Vietnam, it’s basically the Uber of Southeast Asia. The journey will take you about 15 minutes and then you will arrive.

Like a lot of towers of the Cham religion here in Vietnam, the Po Shanu Cham Towers are located on top of a hill. Similar to My Son in Hoi An, they are from the time of the Champa empire. They were built in the 8th century and are built from the bright red bricks you often see temples here made out of.

This is an excellent place to relax, feel the breeze on your face, and learn a bit about the history here. After about an hour of exploring you will likely be ready to head off.

Entry Fee: 10,000 VND / $0.40


Afternoon: Ta Cu Mountain Or Beach Chilling

Now for the afternoon, I will give you the choice of 2 different activities that you can do during the backpacking Mui Ne itinerary.

This is simply because visiting Ta Cu Mountain can be a bit pricey, and you will be spending a bit of time in vehicles, which isn’t fun if you have taken a 5-hour bus from Ho Chi Minh or Nha Trang to Mui Ne that same day. Though I will explain how it can be done a bit more on a budget, anyways the beach is a fun and relaxing alternative.

Though before you get exploring time to grab a delicious lunch!

If you are a vege like me why not head to El Cafe Vegetarian/Vegan Food. This is the best vegan and vegetarian-friendly spot in Mui Ne and is well worth visiting. They serve a huge variety of cuisines so no matter what you are craving you will be able to find it here.

Alternatively, you can grab a delicious meal at Sindbad Mui Ne. This was one of our go-to spots as we were actually staying next door, though it is one of the highest-rated restaurants in Mui Ne. it is locally run and prices are super affordable for the backpacker crowd.

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Option 1: Ta Cu Mountain

First off you will need to actually get to Ta Cu Mountain from Mui Ne. You can either take a taxi, which will cost you around $40.00 for the 40-minute journey, otherwise, public transport is the other option.

To use public transport you will want to catch the bus going to Thuan Nam City, and then jump off at the large shopping mall. Next up you will want to catch bus number 1 or 4 heading to Ta Cu mountain. You will know when you arrive thanks to the impressive shiny gates at the entrance.

Here at Ta Cu Mountain, you can see Buddhist statues, pagodas, and a huge reclining Buddha, which is the biggest one in Vietnam.

You will need to get from the gate to the top of the mountain. If you are not on too much of a budget you can take the cable car for some impressive views. Though this will cost you 160,000 VND / $6.50 roundtrip.

If you are keen to save your money you can hike up, but remember to bring plenty of water. It is a pretty steep climb, though you do not have to be crazy fit to complete it, standard fitness will be fine.

Just be careful on the way down depending on the weather, as if it has rained recently it can be a bit muddy and slippery.

Entry Fee: 20,000 VND / $0.80

Location: Tà Cú Mountain, Thuận Nam, Hàm Thuận Nam District, Bình Thuận Province, Vietnam


Option 2: Beach Chilling

Now for more of a budget-friendly activity, why not hit the beach while you are backpacking Mui Ne!? Now what I will say is check the tides.

High tide in Mui Ne basically comes right up to the buildings on that side of the road. Surprisingly the buildings and the beach are super close together so some resorts have created an artificial beach separated from the tides with a retaining wall. These should be fine no matter the tides.

If you are staying in a beachfront hotel or backpackers go you! You have already avoided my first mistake in Mui Ne!

I presumed the beach would be easy to access like most places in the world. Unfortunately, the buildings on the beachside are so built up and commercialized there aren’t many public spaces.

So from here, you will either need to taxi a little bit out (just ask the driver and they will be able to take you somewhere appropriate), otherwise do a sneaky into a resort/beach club/ restaurant. Most of the time they are more than happy if you buy a drink or some food anyway.

enjoying life on the beach in mui ne
enjoying life on the beach in mui ne

Evening: Sunset On The Beach

In the evening I highly recommend grabbing a delicious cocktail and watching the beautiful sunset. There are numerous beachfront restaurants and bars along the main strip in Mui Ne so just go for a walk and see what tickles your fancy.

If you are super keen there are a heap of restaurants where you can pick your own fresh seafood out of a tank and the chefs will cook it up on a BBQ.

Though warning you now, the assortment of animals on display to eat was certainly a surprise. However, don’t stay out too late as we have a sunrise tour tomorrow on our last day of the Mui Ne itinerary.

a seaside restaurant during sunset in mui ne
chill vibes at a seaside restaurant during sunset in mui ne

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Day 2: Main Highlights Of Mui Ne

It is an early start on our second day of the backpacking Mui Ne Itinerary, though trust me it is worth it.

Today we will do a sunrise tour to the best attractions in town. Yes, we will be visiting the white sand dunes, the red sand dunes, the fishing village, and finally fairy stream.


Booking A Sunrise Tour

Now I will let you know everything you need to know about booking a sunrise tour and why this is the best way to see the sights around Mui Ne. Walking down the street you will see all the hotels, travel agencies, and even restaurants, advertising this tour.

Sure it is an early wake-up time with your pick up somewhere between 4.30 am and 5.30 am, but trust me it is worth it.

My preferred tour is the Mui Ne Sand Dunes Jeep Tour where you can either book a private jeep or a shared sunrise/sunset jeep starting from just $18.00 per person. You will visit all the highlights and have a fantastic time.

That early start allows you to see the sunrise over the impressive white sand dunes. Plus this tour is a super affordable way to see the best Mui Ne has to offer. For the price, we shared a jeep with other people staying at our accommodation.

Just remember if you get quite a motion sick if you haven’t eaten, make sure to pack something the night before. There will be a small number of options available at each stop, but unfortunately, pringles are not the best breakfast.


White Sand Dunes

The first stop on your tour will be the White Sand Dunes to watch the sunrise. This will no doubt be one of your highlights here as it was mine.

You can either pay a jeep to take you out or hire an ATV. Though for both these options prepare to get stuck, as we saw this numerous times. Your best bet will be hiring an ATV with the most horsepower, just prepare to pay more.

Instead, if you are on a budget like I happened to be you can simply walk out to the dunes from the car park. It is a nice stroll and since it is the morning the heat of the day hasn’t started yet.

The white sand dunes are large enough that you can find your own little private spot to watch the sunrise and get away from the rest of the crowds.

watching the sunrise over the white sand dunes in mui ne
watching the sunrise over the white sand dunes in mui ne
admiring the impressive views at the white sand dune in mui ne vietnam
admiring the impressive views at the white sand dune in mui ne vietnam

The Fishing Village

Surprisingly enough the fishing village was also a highlight for me on the sunrise tour.

I mean sure it doesn’t sound fun or interesting, and in all honesty, it was quite smelly, but I thought it was awesome seeing the fisherman pull in their catch.

You can also see all the brightly colored fishing boats bobbing around in the water.

watching locals doing their work at the fishing village in mui ne
watching locals doing their work at the fishing village in mui ne
local ladies sorting through the fresh catches at the fishing village in mui ne
local ladies sorting through the fresh catches at the fishing village in mui ne
local style fishing boats at sea in the fishing village in mui ne
local style fishing boats at sea in the fishing village in mui ne

Red Sand Dunes

The third stop of the day is the famous red sand dunes. These are a lot more touristy than the white sand dunes simply because they back right onto the road, literally.

This means you can often find large tour buses here, whereas, in the white sand dunes, you need a 4WD vehicle to access without getting stuck.

Though trust me it is still worth visiting! Here you can hire a sandboard and fly down the dunes. Just make sure to agree on a price beforehand, this is how some people make a living.

the red sand dunes in mui ne
the red sand dunes in mui ne

Fairy Stream

The last spot on the tour and of our Mui Ne itinerary is the popular Fairy Stream. This is actually a really nice walk upstream to a waterfall.

However, my favorite part was the colors. It was so incredible seeing these bright orange sand cliffs contrast against the green lush jungle.

Depending on the time of year you visit will affect how much water is in the stream and what the waterfall is like at the end.

I visited in the dry season when the water was ankle-deep and the waterfall was just a trickle.

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the shallow waters walking along the fairy stream in mui ne
the shallow waters walking along the fairy stream in mui ne
the shallow waters walking along the fairy stream in mui ne

Afternoon: Leaving Mui Ne

After the sunrise tour, you can either head back to your accommodation and get a couple more hours of sleep or grab yourself a delicious breakfast. I Cafe Mui Ne is an excellent spot to come for a quick bite.

Here you are able to get a full English breakfast for just a few dollars. The perfect way to fuel yourself after a busy morning of exploring.

That afternoon I recommend packing up and heading to your next destination. From Mui Ne there are a few spots that I recommend traveling to next:

North: If you are traveling North from Mui Ne, you could take the bus to Nha Trang and then up to Hoi An. Continuing north again you have Hue with the Imperial City and then Hanoi right up the top of the country. Hanoi is the perfect hub, where you could venture to Thailand or Laos via the international airport, or if you want to stay domestic, then hit up Sapa or Ha Long Bay. You could also head to Ninh Binh which is between Hanoi and Hue. I haven’t personally been yet, but I have heard great things, and it’s on my bucketlist!!

South: Alternatively, you can head down South towards Ho Chi Minh City and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Vietnam is a huge country and there are so many things to do here!

jeeps on the sunrise tour leaving the white sand dunes while in mui ne
jeeps on the sunrise tour leaving the white sand dunes while in mui ne

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Travel Tips For Your Mui Ne Itinerary

Now you have read my 2 days in Mui Ne itinerary I will let you know my top travel tips to take your backpacking Mui Ne adventures to the next level!


Other Things To Do In Mui Ne

Apart from those things listed above, there are still even more things to do in Mui Ne:

Kite Surfing: There are numerous opportunities to go kite surfing in Mui Ne and you will see stores advertising it as you walk alongside the main strip. It is a little more on the pricey side, though compared to doing this somewhere like Europe, prices here are a bargain, and are some of the cheapest in the world!

Ke Ga Lighthouse: Ke Ga Lighthouse is the oldest one in Southeast Asia, having been built in 1897. You can find it South of Mui Ne and there is an excellent viewpoint from the rocks on the shoreline. You can also take a boat from the harbor to the island, unfortunately, you are no longer able to go inside the lighthouse itself.


How To Get To Mui Ne

Depending on which direction you are traveling around Vietnam will affect what way you are coming to Mui Ne. Though it is likely you will either be traveling from the North or South.

Personally, I was traveling from north to south and made my way from Nha Trang to Mui Ne and for this guide, I will speak from experience so in this direction.

Tickets for all journeys can be purchased on Baolau (I recommend for trains) or 12.Go Asia (I recommend for buses)

Bus: The trip from Nha Trang to Mui Ne takes 5 hours.

Plane: It is currently not possible to fly.

Private Transfer: Private transfers are your quickest way and take 3 hours. However, prepare to open your wallet as it is pricey.

Train: From Nha Trang to Mui Ne, it takes 4 and a half hours on the train. Though the closest station is in the town of Binh Thuan, you will need to take a taxi for the remainder of the journey. This will cost at least 500,000 VND / $20.00.

Transport MethodTimeCostHighlightBook
Train4 hours 30 minutes + Taxifrom $7Comfortable journeyBook Now
Private Transfer3 hoursfrom $75Super comfortable journeyBook Now
Bus5 hoursfrom $7The cheapest way to travelBook Now
Tourist Bus5 hoursfrom $12More comfortable than the regular busBook Now
AirportN/AN/AAn airport is currently being built outside of Mui NeN/A

Where To Stay In Mui Ne?

There is a wide assortment of places to stay in Mui Ne. Whether you are looking for an affordable hostel, beachside resort, or friendly guesthouse. There is a huge selection to be found.

We stayed in a hostel during our stay. The rooms were certainly basic, but they did have everything we needed for a few night’s stay. It was also a bit of a party hostel which usually isn’t my scene.

This hostel has closed down now, but instead, I would recommend EVA HUT Mui Ne Beach Hostel. With prices starting from $6.00 for a dorm room, this beachfront backpackers hotspot is the perfect place to stay in Mui Ne. It is smack bang right on the beach, which was definitely something we were lacking during our stay.

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iHome Backpacker Resort

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Staying Safe While Backpacking Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a relatively safe city to visit in Vietnam. Of course, it does have the exception of the many scams you will find in a lot of tourist towns and cities in Southeast Asia. This mainly revolves around robberies and pickpocketing.

In Vietnam motorbike snatch and grab is super common as well. Someone may see that your handbag, backpack, camera, or phone is not secure, so they will drive by on their motorbike and grab it.

One of the most commonly read scams in Mui Ne was actually people being pulled over by rouge police and demanding they get paid off to avoid filing a police report. These policemen will often hang out on the roads to and from the sand dunes and just pull over every single tourist that drives past.

As you can imagine they do make quite a bit of bank from this and it is a scam that has been operating for years. This was the main reason we decided against hiring a motorbike in Mui Ne as it simply wasn’t worth the stress (even though there are plenty of rental shops around).

The main thing to remember is to just use your common sense. This should keep you out of dangerous situations. I wasn’t scammed or taken advantage of once in Vietnam. Though I put this down to doing my research in advance and becoming familiar with common scams.

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FAQs About Mui Ne Backpacking & How Many Days In Mui Ne

How long do you need to stay at Mui Ne?

Honestly, I would recommend spending one or two nights in Mui Ne. This may not seem like a lot but it allows you to see the highlights and breaks up a long trip from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City or vice versa.

What is the difference between Phan Thiet and Mui Ne?

Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are two coastal towns in Binh Thuan Province, Vietnam. Mui Ne is one of the five areas of Phan Thiet where you can find beachfront resorts and guesthouses.

What is Mui Ne popular for?

Mui Ne is a coastal town located in the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam. It is known for its beautiful beaches, tropical forests, sand dunes, traditional villages, fishing port, and ancient Cham buildings and ruins.

Where is the beach town of mui ne located?

Mui Ne is a coastal resort town located in the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam. It is approximately 4 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh City.

How many days should you spend in Mui Ne?

I recommend spending 2 days in Mui Ne. This will allow you to check out the highlights such as the sand dunes and fairy stream. However, some travelers who are short on time choose to just spend one day here.


Wrap Up: Mui Ne Travel Guide & Is Mui Ne Vietnam Worth Visiting

Ultimately, Mui Ne proves to be a captivating destination that offers a unique blend of natural wonders and cultural experiences.

With its stunning sand dunes, picturesque fishing villages, and vibrant nightlife, this coastal town has something for every traveler. Whether you are seeking adventure in the desert or relaxation on the beach, Mui Ne’s diverse attractions cater to all preferences.

So pack your bags, prepare your itinerary, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through this hidden gem of Vietnam’s coastline.


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    Juhi says:

    Hi Tasha very informative article. Just wanted to know if its important to do a sunrise tour or can we do a sunset tour also? Reason I will be in Mui ne for 24 hours only.

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