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Top Things To Do In Mui Ne, Vietnam

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Mother Natures Perfect Creation, 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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Where To Stay In Mui Ne?

In Mui Ne I recommend booking your accommodation on the main road which runs alongside the coast. This will keep you in close distance to many excellent attractions and delicious restaurants. Here are my top picks for accommodation in Mui Ne:

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Mui Ne Backpacker Village

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

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Phuong Nam Guesthouse

Live in luxury for less with prices from $19.00 per night for a double room.

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Mui Ne Hills Bless Hotel

Topical private rooms starting at $50.00 per night including breakfast.

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Four Oceans Resort

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

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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!

Make sure to check out Escaping The Desks guide on how to get to Fairy Stream.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Comments

  • Reply
    Zarina
    February 3, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Wow, so many awesome things you can do there I had no idea about!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Raksha Rao
    January 28, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Wonderful pictures! Didn’t know there are so many things to do in Mui Ne. Love it!

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    Jen Ambrose
    January 26, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    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. 🙂

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    Amanda Blizzard
    January 25, 2018 at 5:48 am

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

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    Rhiannon Robertson
    January 25, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Great post! Makes me miss Vietnam so much!

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    Mary
    January 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    What a cool place to visit. I’d love to check i tout someday. Thanks for all the great information!

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    Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments
    January 22, 2018 at 8:10 am

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

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    Erin | The Epicurean Traveler
    January 22, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Your photos in this post are gorgeous. Makes me want to visit Vietnam ASAP!

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    Susan
    January 22, 2018 at 5:57 am

    I unfortunately missed this stop when I was in Vietnam! I’d love to visit the fishing village 🙂

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    Danielle
    January 22, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Wow! This looks like such a cool place to visit! Love the sand dunes!

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    Ellie
    January 22, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Looks amazing! I would love to visit Vietnam some day and after reading this it looks like I’ll have to go to mui ne!

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    Ashfina
    January 22, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Amazing write up. Vietnam has been on my list to visit. But seems it’s gonna take some more time 🙁

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    Tasha
    January 21, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    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.

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    Maike
    January 21, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I had no idea Vietnam has so amazing sand dunes.

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    Kelly / Tiny Trips & Tips
    January 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm

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

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    Rosie Kerrigan
    January 21, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    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! 🙂

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    Teja
    January 21, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    What! There are sand dunes just nearby within the region? I’ll keep that in mind if I circle back to Vietnam some day!

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    Sami
    January 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    The white sand dunes and the fishing looks INCREDIBLE!

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    Lena
    January 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    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.

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    Nam
    January 21, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    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

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    Naialh
    January 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    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!

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    Lieselot De Brauwer
    January 21, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    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!

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    Jessica Buchan
    January 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Looks amazing! I need yo get back to Vietnam!

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    Christine
    January 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Vietnam looks amazing! I’m dying to visit! I’m saving this for when I start planning my trip! Thanks for sharing!

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    Mona Corona
    January 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    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!

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    Lisa
    January 21, 2018 at 11:46 am

    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.

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    Kat
    January 21, 2018 at 10:23 am

    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!

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    Sarah
    January 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

    I love your photos so much! Great post, so detailed!!!! xx

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    Shareen
    January 21, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Wow! This place looks amazing. Your pictures are stunning.

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    Katie
    January 21, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Your photos are incredible! I especially love the ones of the fishing village, they tell such a powerful story.

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    Gaynor
    January 21, 2018 at 7:06 am

    That fishing village reminds me of Kalk Bay in Cape Town, South Africa – so quaint!

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    Sarah
    January 21, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I love your Vietnam posts! I must get back there and explore more of the country. Adding this to my list!

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    Katy
    January 21, 2018 at 4:56 am

    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.

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    Amanda Tran
    January 21, 2018 at 4:10 am

    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!

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    Dawn
    January 21, 2018 at 3:56 am

    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.

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    Kylie Neuhaus
    January 21, 2018 at 3:40 am

    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!!

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    Laura
    January 21, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Fab post and really useful! x

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    This Epic World
    January 21, 2018 at 2:58 am

    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!

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    Kristine Li
    January 21, 2018 at 2:35 am

    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.

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    Char
    January 21, 2018 at 1:58 am

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

    Char xo

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    Ferna
    January 21, 2018 at 1:23 am

    love those photos with the local.

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    tanya selden
    January 21, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I have to agree that Mui Ne is lovely and so close to Ho Chi Minh City. Brilliant tips here!

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    Sanne Grieten
    January 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

    This is so beautiful! A very good blog post about what to do in Mui Ne! (:

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    Jade
    January 21, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Love the photos of the fishing village, I’m sure the smell was pretty pungent though!

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    Anna
    January 21, 2018 at 12:07 am

    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!

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    Alina
    January 21, 2018 at 12:05 am

    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 🙂

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    Amy alton
    January 21, 2018 at 12:04 am

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

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    Janice in wanderland
    January 21, 2018 at 12:03 am

    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 🙂

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    mayuri patel
    January 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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

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    Perri
    January 20, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    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

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    Stella
    January 20, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    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!

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    Lies
    January 20, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve been looking into a trip to Vietnam, and you just put Mui Ne on our itinerary ?

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    Raquel
    January 20, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    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!

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    Nicky
    January 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm

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

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    Ashfina
    January 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Great write up! Yes I am like you live to eat sea food but can’t stand the smell ?

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    karen
    January 20, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    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

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    Mariann
    January 20, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    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!

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    you.theworld.wandering
    January 20, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    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

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    Elaine
    January 20, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    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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