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Mui Ne Travel Guide


Mui Ne is part of a fifty-kilometer strip of glitzy resorts and sleepy fishing ports situated in the south-central Bình Thuan Province of Vietnam. Originally a quiet coastal fishing town until the mid 1990s, Mui Ne along with other nearby wards transformed into buzzing resort destinations, fuelled by the solar eclipse craze of October 24, 1995. The desperation to witness that event has long died down, but Mui Ne continues to flourish, notably the Phan Thiet city centre which continues to be the siren song of drifting surfers-heads and party animals in the form of more than a hundred beach resorts, bars, restaurants and cafes. Juts like many other Vietnamese coastal towns, the heart of Mui Ne's touristic microcosm is a pristine white strip called Rang Beach in Ham Tien ward, just west of Mui Ne, which itself has two beaches: Ganh Beach and Suoi Nuoc Beach. All three are perfect kite- and windsurfing spots, while rich colonies of lobsters, sea bass shrimps and other seafood adorn the waters around this tropical gem. It is safe to say when one travels to Mui Ne, the ocean itself becomes the source of it all; whether for play, feasts or just lounging to gaze at another warm Mui Ne sunset that always seems to melt into the ocean itself.

Local Custom & Slang

Just Keep Walking...

  • This is the singular advice most locals and hardened travellers to Vietnam give you when you cross the roads in this country. As most main roads do not have zebra or traffic light crossings, jaywalking becomes the norm. However, when crossing the street itself, do not hesitate or step backward, just keep walking and you will be amazed to see the traffic flow around you, motorists predicting your next step and not even getting close to you. If this seems too daunting, simply ask a local for help or use hand signals to the motorists while crossing.

Beach Etiquette

  • While it may be the norm for most seaside and beachside resort towns to don your swimsuit even while not near the beach, it is only appropriate to wear your swimsuit by the beach in Mui Ne, so do take note the next time you visit. In addition, topless sunbathing is also prohibited in Mui Ne itself. While this doesn't mean all areas view bikinis and other two-pieces as revealing, take the time to observe the dressing norm of the placew before making your choice of dressing.

Drink Etiquette

  • When you are offered any sot of beverage; most likely tea or alcohol, it is always polite to take a sip of it first and try to finish at least the first cup, even though you intend to save it for later. This shows respect and appreciation to the host, but if you really don't want a drink, explain it to your host and they would understand.

Phrases for eating

  • May I have the menu please: Cho toi cai menu duoc khong (Cho toy khai menu duuc khom)
  • What is this?: Cai gi vay? (kai zi vai)
  • I am allergic to peanuts: To di ung voi dau phong (Doi yi ung voy dau fong)
  • I cannot eat pork: Toi khong an duoc thit heo (Toi khom an duo tit hehll)
  • I am vegetarian: Toi an chay (Toi an chayh)
  • I would like to have this: Cho toi cai nay (Chor toi kah nai)
  • May I have the bill please: Tinh tien (Din ting)

Emergency Phrases

  • I need to see a doctor: Toi can gap bac si (Toy can gap back szi)
  • I am sick: Toi bi benh (Toy bee benh)
  • I need to go to the hospital: Toi can di benh vien (Toy can di ben vien)
  • I had food poisoning: Toi bi ngo dau thuc an (Toy bee nyo doc thuch an)
  • I was robbed: Toi bi cuop (Toi bee cuoop)
  • Call the police: Goi cach sat (Goi gang sack)
  • Help me: Cuu toi voi (Coo toy vuyh)

Trip Essentials

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  • Electricity
  • The climate of Mui Ne is tropical moonsoon, with the dry season ranging from November to March, even suffering rare droughts due to its close proximity to Binh Thuan Desert. Mui Ne is considered to be part of the driest region of Southeast Asia, with an average temperature of 27°C at this period.

  • The rainy season is from April to October, with flash floods and extensive erosion peaking in September, while the average rain-fall lasts for an hour. While temperatures range only at 26°C, humidity at this period can go up to 79%.


By Taxi

  • Taxis in Mui Ne are usually found outside prominent hotels, resorts and other tourist hotspots, so you can be sure they not only speak English but charge by meters you can rely on. While most of these taxis arrive from Ho Chi Minh's Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a four hour drive to Mui Ne itself, it is still one of the more comfortable modes of transport to get around the island.

  • Should you be travelling from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne, we recommend hiring a metered taxi rather than the offered flat rates at the airport itself: the former charges 10,000 VND per km while the latter is 12,000 VND per km.

  • Local Operator: Mai Linh Taxi

  • Other Operators: Kiwi Taxi

By Motorcycle Taxi (Xe Om)

  • Xe Oms are the more common mode of transport found widely around Mui Ne from beach bars to famous attractions teeming with both locals and tourists. These motorcycle taxis are also a vertiable option to get back to your hotel or place of accommodation after a long night at the club or bar; another popular waiting point for Xe Oms.

  • While shorter trips can start from 20,000 VND, haggling with the driver is encouraged if you are taking a longer trip, it will usually yield you a better price. However, do take note that the rates itself hike during the night.

By Jeep Rental

  • Another magnificent and iconic attraction to visit in Mui Ne are the Red and White Sand Dunes. These Sahara-like sand dunes are the reason why many tour agencies and operators offer competitive prices to rent off-roaders and jeeps to tourists visiting this natural wonder.

  • You have the choice to rent an off-roader by yourself; which will cost at least US$35, while private tours at sunrise or sunset in the dunes can US$30 upwards.

By Motorcycle Rental

  • Renting a motorcycle grants you total freedom to move around Mui Ne at your own pace and itinerary. Being small, light and mobile, this mode of transport is ideal for travesing the main roads or dirt paths of Mui Ne, either ways would bring you to some worthwhile landmark or restaurant or bar. Do take note that peak hours in Mui Ne can mean extremely chaotic traffic, so ride during this time period at your own risk.

  • Daily rental rates begin at 120,000 VND, with the standard procedures of photo ID or passport requirement, along with a valid license.

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