Best Things To Do In Mui Ne, Vietnam

The Ultimate List Of The Best Things To Do In Mui Ne

The reason I fell in love with the wide variety of landscapes and things to do in Mui Ne. It is on the main tourist trail in Vietnam, though unless you are 100% confident on a motorbike I would recommend only spending one full day exploring the area. The reason why is that the majority of these things can be done on a tour.

The majority of hostels and travel agencies will hold twice a day tours to all the highlights, this means to can tick off the top things to do in Mui Ne relatively quickly. Even better is that these tours are incredibly affordable, I booked my sunrise tour with Mui Ne Backpackers Village and it only cost $7.00 / 160,000 VND!

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main strip in mui ne vietnam

Where To Stay In Mui Ne?

iHome Backpacker Resort

iHome Backpacker Resort

The perfect hostel with a decent pool. Dorm rooms starting at $7.00 per night.

Mui Ne Hills Backpackers

Mui Ne Hills Backpackers

A good hostel with epic views at an affordable price. Dorm rooms start at $4.00 per night.

eva hut mui ne beach hostel

EVA HUT Mui Ne Beach Hostel

The ultimate backpackers paradise in Mui Ne. Dorm rooms starting at $6.00.

four oceans resort

Four Oceans Resort

Extravagant rooms starting at $42.00 per night including a delicious breakfast.


Things To Do In Mui Ne

Fairy Stream

The gorgeous fairy stream is a must do when in Mui Ne. Wander down through the ankle deep water surrounded by deep orange sand and lush green jungle. Be in awe of the remarkable cliff formations.

Though, don’t expect much of a waterfall at the other end, especially in the dry season. It is a staple in all the tours listing and is one of the top things to do in Mui Ne. This place is stunning!

orange fairy stream in mui ne
fairy stream with grass in mui ne
guy walking along fairy stream 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 this western prices you are getting a bargain.

If kite surfing is something you have always wanted to do Mui Ne is the perfect place to give it a go!

beach off mui ne main strip

Eat Seafood

Lining the streets of the main strip in Mui Ne are the countless seafood vendors and their outdoor restaurants overlooking the ocean. If you are a seafood lover you will be in absolute paradise. Though, if you are more like me you will be holding your breath past each restaurant you walk past, the smell is not one I am found of.

If you can deal with this I highly recommend heading to one of the many restaurants to have a delicious meal while watching the sunset over the ocean.

sunset over outdoor seafood restaurant in mui ne
man setting up a restaurant in mui ne

White Sand Dunes

My favorite place and at the top of the list of the best things to do in Mui Ne is definitely the White Sand Dunes. It is the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the ocean. These sand dunes appear a lot larger than the red sand dunes which gives you more opportunities to get away from the crowds and snap that perfect Instagram pic!

You can find perfect areas without any footprints on and the white sand dunes just seem to go on forever. You can also hire quad bikes, though be aware that the smaller ones have less power and therefore it is likely you will get stuck in the sand. I saw it happen plenty times in the hour or so I was there.

girl in front of the sunrise in mui ne
jeeps and quad bikes around the white sand dunes in mui ne

The Fishing Village

Block your nose from this one, because trust me, you will regret it if you don’t, but I surprisingly loved visiting the fishing village in Mui Ne. It is an amazing insight to the daily life for locals who live in the area. Whether that means going out and doing the fishing or sorting the catches, each person has a significant job.

The beautifully colored boats mixed with the smiles of the locals made this one of my highlights and a strong contender on the top things to do in Mui Ne.

colorful junk boats in the fishing village in mui ne vietnam
fisherman in mui ne fishing village vietnam
circle boats at the fishing village in mui ne vietnam

Red Sand Dunes

The gorgeous red sand dunes are a must do when in Mui Ne. They are a lot more touristy than the white sand dunes, though this is because they are super accessible. You can literally step onto it off the main road and there is heaps of parking for large tour buses. There are plenty of opportunity to sand board. Just make sure to agree on a price beforehand, this is how some people make a living. A little side note, do not expect the sand dunes to be red as they are more of an orange color. I was disappointed in my visit because of this.

landscape at the red sand dunes in mui ne
sand boarding at the red sand dunes in mui ne

Explore The Beaches

Even though I would not recommend swimming at the beaches off the main strip in Mui Ne, if you are confident enough to drive a motorbike there are some beautiful beaches further afield.

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59 thoughts on “Best Things To Do In Mui Ne, Vietnam

  1. Avatar for Jen Ambrose
    Jen Ambrose says:

    We’re applying for our Vietnam visas today! We’re only going to be able to get to central and northern Vietnam this trip, but Mui Ne seems like reason in itself to go back again. :)

  2. Avatar for Amanda Blizzard
    Amanda Blizzard says:

    What a beautiful looking place! I hope to make it over to SE Asia net year, and will definitely add this to my list!

  3. Avatar for Marissa | Marissa
    Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments says:

    This looks amazing!! Vietnam isn’t on my current bucket list, but after reading this, it’s clear I need to update that list.

  4. Avatar for Tasha
    Tasha says:

    I haven’t heard of Mui Ni. It looks lovely and I love the look of the white sand dunes! It looks like the perfect place to watch the sunset.

  5. Avatar for Kelly / Tiny Trips & Tips
    Kelly / Tiny Trips & Tips says:

    Looks like an amazing itinerary! I’d never heard of Mui Ne before but it definitely sounds up my street!

  6. Avatar for Rosie Kerrigan
    Rosie Kerrigan says:

    What a gorgeous place!! So dreamy to visit ? By the way, there is a red-sanded beach in Kefalonia, Greece (Xi Beach), I loved it! :)

  7. Avatar for Lena
    Lena says:

    Mui Ne really has a lot of beautiful nature to offer. It really surprised me that the tour would be so cheap. All my experiences with day tours in South East Asia haven’t been very positive, more like OK at best. But what you experienced is really beautiful.

  8. Avatar for Nam
    Nam says:

    Who knew there are both red and white sand dunes! I’ve seen photos of the fairy stream in Vietnam but I never knew where it is! Can’t wait for my visit

  9. Avatar for Naialh
    Naialh says:

    I missed Mui Ne on my previous trip to Vietnam…Guess I have to go back. This looks like a stop that shouldn’t be skipped!

  10. Avatar for Lieselot De Brauwer
    Lieselot De Brauwer says:

    Oh, I really want to visit Vietnam. Thanks for the variety it has to offer. I didn’t know that much about it, but now I definitely want to check out those sand dunes and beautiful locations!

  11. Avatar for Mona Corona
    Mona Corona says:

    I love reading posts about Viet Nam because I still haven’t been yet. Your post was super informative. I’m definitely saving it for later!

  12. Avatar for Lisa
    Lisa says:

    It’s been a few years since we visited Vietnam and I loved it. But there is still so much to see there. Hopefully will get back one day.

  13. Avatar for Kat
    Kat says:

    Looks like a beautiful place, those sand dunes!! <3 I think I'm the only person who didn't enjoy Vietnam! I need to go back and give it another shot. Maybe next year!

  14. Avatar for Katy
    Katy says:

    Mui Ne looks gorgeous! I’ve never heard of it but I now have it on my travel wishlist! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and this great information about the destination.

  15. Avatar for Amanda Tran
    Amanda Tran says:

    So many awesome things to do! I went to Mui Ne as a teenager and definitely did not know about these. Looks like I gotta go back!

  16. Avatar for Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Wow, that is a really price for a tour and the places you’ve visited are amazing. Your photos are very lovely too. I love seafood so I’m putting this place in top of my bucketlist.

  17. Avatar for Kylie Neuhaus
    Kylie Neuhaus says:

    Wow, what an amazing looking place! I am literally obsessed with sand dunes…I actually think it’s my favourite type of landscape, so to have 2 different coloured ones in a ‘small’ space….awesome!!

  18. Avatar for This Epic World
    This Epic World says:

    Sign me up for the kitesurfing please! Haha! I love adventure! I will have to skip the seafood (vegetarian here) and probably just order a beer. I love beach side dining!

  19. Avatar for Kristine Li
    Kristine Li says:

    Were there many tour buses at the red sand dunes? I last went Mui Ne quite a couple of years ago, tourism wasn’t too huge at that time which was great for us. The fairy stream was lovely indeed! We took a coach to Mui Ne from HCM and boy it was such a long journey, I still can’t forget.

  20. Avatar for Char
    Char says:

    I’ve been following your Vietnam series for a while now and it only gets more magical! What have been your highlights?

    Char xo

  21. Avatar for Anna
    Anna says:

    Such a stunning part of the world, and your photos are incredible! It’s nice to read about somewhere new in Vietnam. I haven’t been yet but I keep seeing stuff for Ha Lon Bay and Hanoi but nothing for places like this! The little fishing village sounds right up my street!

  22. Avatar for Alina
    Alina says:

    I would have never thought Vietnam has such stunning sandy dunes! Just by looking at pictures I would have guessed somewhere in the Middle East :)

  23. Avatar for Amy alton
    Amy alton says:

    Looks amazing. We are doing Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia this year. Not sure if we will make it to Vietnam.

  24. Avatar for Janice in wanderland
    Janice in wanderland says:

    I went on a day trip to Mui Ne during a trip to Saigon. I was so glad I did go there. I loved every food, and the people are just so welcoming! I remember having fun at the dunes, and meeting other travelers who turned out to be my travel buddies throughout my SEA trip :)

  25. Avatar for mayuri patel
    mayuri patel says:

    I haven’t heard before this little village and about sand dunes in vietnam. But it is like gem of it.Would love to explore this area some day and this is perfect guide for it

  26. Avatar for Perri
    Perri says:

    So gutted I didn’t have time to visit Mui Ne during my trip through SE Asia. These pics make me want to book a flight there right now! Awesome! Thanks

  27. Avatar for Stella
    Stella says:

    Dear! Your photos are gorgeous. I didn’t know there were sand dunes in Vietnam! the fishing village looks interesting, too! I remember our long walks by the beach every morning. Thanks for this post!

  28. Avatar for Raquel
    Raquel says:

    I missed this place when I visited Vietnam, such a pity! :( It looks like a different and fun place to explore. You have such beautiful photos on the post, congratulations!

  29. Avatar for Nicky
    Nicky says:

    This looks beautiful!! Especially the fishing village (even though I can’t bear the smell of fish!) – thank you for sharing!

  30. Avatar for karen
    karen says:

    Having never been to this part of the world I love reading posts like these. I especially love your fishermen pictures and the red dunes. Quite amazing. Thanks for sharing. K x

  31. Avatar for Mariann
    Mariann says:

    I remember seeing tourists and locals do sand surfing! It looked so cool but I got a tiny bit scared rolling down the sand dunes, if everything goes wrong. LOL. I love Mui Ne and your pictures!

  32. Avatar for you.theworld.wandering
    you.theworld.wandering says:

    Wowvwgat a great guide hun! Vietnam is top of my list but Ive never heard of Mui Ne – thank you! Would lve to check out the stream, the white dunes and some great hotel recommendations! Will be booking marking these ones!

    Kristie x

  33. Avatar for Elaine
    Elaine says:

    Oh, I love Mui Ne! I used to hang out there a lot when I lived in Vietnam and it’s a place I really, really miss. I came to your post for some memories, so thanks! Your pictures are lovely.

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