We arrived in Mui Ne at 1am, after 8 hours in a tinny Vietnamese bus, 4 hours of waiting in Ho Chi Minh City and about 5 hours of sleep in an awesome sleeping bus. It was a long day.
Since we knew, we would arrive in the middle of the night, we booked our hotel a few days before. When the bus dropped us off outside of our hotel, we discovered that there was no one waiting for us, beside a guard, who didn’t speak a word of english and kept pointing outside.
We showed him our reservation. He called someone, he pointed outside again somewhere in the dark, than he called someone again and kept pointing. We had no choice, we went in the direction he was point at, but didn’t find much, so we came back.
If you ever traveled in India, you might know, that in India those kinds of things happen quite frequently. If you booked a hotel on a trusted website (as booking.com), you simply cannot trust a man telling you that you reservation magically disappeared. It happened to me twice when I was backpacking in India, both times, after spending some time by the reception counter, insisting on that the reservation does exist, reservation and a room would magically appear (once it took 2 hours).
The guard looked annoyed by our lack of understanding, went outside and told us to follow. We walked on the main road for about 5 minutes, and than we saw our hotel. It turned out that the hotel had to buildings, 5 minutes apart from each other, and we were supposed to stay in the other one.
Next morning we woke up in paradise. Mui Ne is truly a paradise.
We lived right by the beach. We had an awesome pool overlooking the sea and the whole place was surrounded by huge palm trees.
We had some fruits and baguette for breakfast, and went out to explore.
Mui Ne is a beachside town, which recently become a tourist destination, so it’s not yet too touristy, and it felt quiet peaceful and not as busy as majority of Vietnam. It was very green, the beaches were long, clean and beautiful, and there were plenty of nice restaurants and bars right by the sea.
We spent the first day being lazy, chilling by the pool, drinking some amazing pineapple and dragon fruit juices and at night having delicious, fresh seafood right by the sea.The next day we decided to be more productive, and woke up at 4am to see the sunrise over the famous Mui Ne dunes.
Sunrise trip to the dunes is the most popular tourist attraction in Mui Ne. You can get a 4 hour tour, which includes a jeep ride to the dunes, both white sand dunes and red sand dunes, and my favourite part, visit to the fishing village.
The best part about the fishing village was the beach.
It was literally full of seashells. Big, beautiful, colourful seashells were everywhere, and by colourful I literally mean colourful. You could find pink, red, purple, orange or even yellow seashells! I had a very hard time believing that seashells can actually be that beautiful! How crazy is that?! (check out the pictures below)
On our first day in Ho Chi Minh, when we were planning the trip, we were thinking about skipping Mui Ne. We thought that we will not have enough time, and we thought that if Mui Ne was all about the beach, it might not be worth it.
But it was totally worth it.
Mui Ne is beautiful and it’s one of these places that you definitely want to come back to.
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White sand dunes Mui Ne fishing village Vietnamese gas station