Things to do in Mui Ne

When tourists arrive in Mui Ne, Vietnam, many of them are unaware of the town's offerings. Most visitors come as part of a tour of southern Vietnam or stop on the tourist bus route between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. However, they often overlook some of the best things to do in Mui Ne because their itineraries are pre-planned, and they spend most of their time enjoying the natural beauty of the town. Nevertheless, there are many quiet and unique attractions in Mui Ne that visitors miss out on while opting to relax only on the beach.

Mui Ne experienced rapid growth in the 1990s, transforming from a laidback fishing town to a highly-regarded beach resort. However, this transformation has led many visitors to bypass the town's lesser-known attractions, choosing instead to relax on the beach for days on end. While spending time on the beach is a great activity, those who might get bored after a few days of sun-tanning can explore other highlights of Mui Ne, which are conveniently located relatively close to the beach.

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Mui Ne Beach

1. Natural Attractions in Mui Ne

Mui Ne is all about natural beauty and it has the span of a south, east, and west-facing coastline with which to display it proudly. 15km of this coastline is taken up by white sand, earning Mui Ne one of the accolades for top beach destinations in Vietnam, but many of its natural attractions lie further inland, covering everything from the beautiful to the bizarre.

1.1. The Beaches in Mui Ne

It’s not a surprise that staking a spot of white sand under the shade of a swaying palm tree, setting up shop, and relaxing for the day are some of the more popular things to do in Mui Ne. Mui Ne is blessed with some great beaches, and if you know where to go, your Vietnam beach holiday can be spent in the utmost paradise. 

The eponymous Mui Ne Beach is the town’s most popular, but not its best. The soft sands here still provide a comfortable seating platform to watch the windsurfers do their thing, but the beach’s ease of access is its undoing, flooding the coast with tourists and resorts claiming individual spits of sand. 

For true beach relaxation, it is worth making the effort to Mui Ne’s northeast coast where Suoi Nuoc (also called Long Son) lies in a straight line facing out onto the sea. Watching the sunrise from this east-facing beach certainly constitutes one of the top attractions in Mui Ne, and one not oversaturated with the same levels of tourists that Mui Ne Beach hosts.

1.2. Red and White Sand Dunes

Mui Ne might be one of the last places you expect to find two distinct deserts, but the popularity of these beautiful sand dunes speaks volumes. Occupying a position just off the main road, these inexplicable dunes look like a con at first. If you’ve heard of sand being imported to create some of the other of Vietnam’s best attractions, like Titop Island or Tuan Chau Harbour in Halong Bay, then you might think the same has been done here. In fact, the strong winds of Mui Ne are the reason these dunes exist, blowing sand around the cape where it settles in huge quantities.

As the most conveniently accessible, the Red Sand Dunes are the most popular, with orangey-red sand that shines vividly under the Mui Ne sun. Like with most desserts, there isn’t much to do but admire the beauty, which is magnified during the magnificent daily sunset, turning the orange dunes into a gorgeous blood-red. The dunes are situated about 500m from the coastline and 20 minutes from the main town, so they receive a great deal of tourist interest.

White Sand Dune in Mui Ne

The most interesting thing to do in Mui Ne’s sand dunes is pretty much its only one; sand-sledding down the hills on what can loosely be described as a sled, but can much more accurately be described as a paper-thin piece of plastic with a string threaded through the top. They’re a cheap way of enjoying one of Vietnam’s best beach resorts, but most importantly, a great way of stopping children trying to push their homemade boards on you. Safety concerns about the boards are minimal, considering that they travel at about the same speed as a particularly languid camel, so give them a go, it might be a great introduction to the other adrenaline sporting activities in Mui Ne that we’ll mention later.

The White Sand Dunes are a completely different story, offering a quieter atmosphere and receiving a universal acknowledgement that these are the best sand dunes in Mui Ne. Their location a further 25km from the Red Sand Dunes makes them much more relaxed, and they play the part of a Sahara-like landscape much better because of it. Of course, the Vietnamese approach to tourism still prevails, so the peace is occasionally interrupted by the dune buggy tours that roar over the vast sand mountains, but visitors can seek reprieve at the beautiful Lotus Lake, a genuine oasis in a 100% natural landscape.

1.3. Fairy Stream

Wading through opaque brown water might not sound like one of the top things to do in Mui Ne, but you’ll change your mind upon setting eyes on the town’s Fairy Stream, whimsically named and beautifully presented. Like the sand dunes, this is another of Mui Ne’s popular attractions that set heads scratching, mostly because of the strange rock formations rising on either side of the traversable canyon containing ankle-high water. Visitors walk through the water and look at the rocks, which sit in a statuesque harmony with the solidified sand hills and verdant scrubs that have also found a home here.

The brown water running through the canyon is made up of red clay, turning the riverbed into a soft surface and one that is quite comfortable to walk through. Tours of the stream usually take about 45 minutes, giving you ample opportunity to saunter through the water at your own pace, admiring the geology and taking some very vivid snaps.

Fairy Stream Mui Ne, Vietnam

1.4. Hon Rom and Mui Ne Bay

Harking back to the days when Mui Ne was a sleepy fishing village, large swaths of Hon Rom act as sort of a time capsule, freezing a small part of Mui Ne in the era before it became one of Vietnam’s best resort towns. Its rugged beach is dotted with a huge mass of fishing boats, continuing the tradition that established Mui Ne before the arrival of 5-star hotels. It’s hard to move for the wild scrub and basket boats that fleck the beach here, but the beauty is raw and it’s hard to find a more natural attraction in Mui Ne than this small peninsula.

At the similar but more popular site of Mui Ne Bay, colorful fishing boats get an audience of camera shutters clicking, as the picturesque scene that they create in a small, craggy cove is one of the lasting images of Mui Ne for tourists who visit it. The bay is viewed from a cliff above, where tourists can snap it from its best angles, watching the lazy activity on fishing boats that have sadly become largely obsolete because of the vast difference in income that tourism brings overfishing. Still, they hark back to the same placid atmosphere bestowed by Hon Rom, one that was universal in the city until recently.

2. Architectural Attractions

Given that Mui Ne was a town founded by a collection of relaxed fishermen, it was never going to be one of the top architectural powerhouses of Vietnam, and grander buildings can indeed be found in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Nevertheless, there is a certain quaint charm to some of the buildings of the town and, like most of the best things to do in Mui Ne, they have a whimsical touch of the bizarre about them. Here are some 

Mui Ne things to see!

2.1. Rang Dong Wine Castle

By bizarre, we’re talking about the gigantic Wine Castle, built to look like a traditional European castle but more probably based on a Google image of a Disney-inspired child’s drawing. 200,000 VND ($9 USD) will get you a tour of the castle, giving you a chance to see the inner workings of the large cellars and also a chance to taste 5 wines, all from the Napa Valley in California. In fact, there is not much of a Vietnamese vibe to this European-style castle housing American wines, but the architecture and the scenery around the hill that it finds itself on definitely make it one of the more interesting things to do in Mui Ne.

Rang Dong Wine Castle

2.2. Po Shanu Cham Towers

On the border with Phan Thiet, the city neighboring Mui Ne to the west, stand the Po Shanu Cham Towers, two stubborn relics of the Champa civilization that used to occupy large sections of southern Vietnam. The Champa empire was mercilessly destroyed in the early 19th century by Vietnamese emperor, Minh Mang, but their legacy still stands from the 9th century, when Po Shanu were constructed to celebrate Hindu gods. Along with similar towers at My Son Sanctuary (Hoi An) and Po Nagar (Nha Trang), Po Shanu provides an excellent historical highlight of Mui Ne and a reminder that the town was not always so laidback and carefree.

Po Shanu Cham Towers

2.3. Mui Ne Church

The uniqueness of Mui Ne’s architectural attractions continues with Mui Ne Church, a beautiful church with European roots, built in a very Vietnamese style. Reminiscent of Phat Dien Cathedral in Ninh Binh, this church’s large front is built of several tiers, coloured immaculately in sandstone-orange and featuring some curved, tiled roofs sporting universal emblems of a dragon. Other churches in the area such as Rang Church, are less Asian in their make-up but are still comprised of the same sandstone colour and spotless presentation.

2.4. Linh Long Temple

Just over the road from Mui Ne Church, you will find a religious building rooted much more in native Vietnamese and Buddhist principles, characterized best in the 25m statue of the reclining Lady Buddha. Another tall, upright statue of the Lady Buddha looks out to sea from Linh Long Temple, granting safe passage for the fishermen under her watch as they sail out of Mui Ne Bay. There are more grandiose Buddhist temples in Vietnam, but Mui Ne’s is colorful, charming, and ornate, with a verdant garden creating the most peaceful of peaceful atmospheres.

3. Sports Attractions in Mui Ne

For enthusiasts, there are a few sports activities in Mui Ne, starting at maybe the world’s most placid sport and ending with an adrenaline-igniting one. Given Mui Ne’s location, it’s no surprise that most of these sports are water-based and luckily, can be done at the beach, with phenomenal views all around. Check now these best Mui Ne activities!

3.1. Golf

Phenomenal views are certainly the order of the day at the Sea Links Golf and Country Club. This full, 18-hole course is situated atop a cliff, overlooking the deep-blue ocean stretching to the horizon. Those looking for quiet activities in Mui Ne would fail to find exactly that at this golf club, as perfectly manicured lawns, rows of wind-rocked palm trees, and excellently landscaped bunkers and ponds all contribute to a fantastic, meditative atmosphere and truly one of the more relaxing things to do in Mui Ne.

Sea Links Golf Country Club

3.2. Kayaking

Slightly more high-octane than golf, but certainly not a Mui Ne sports activity that will pop the blood vessels, kayaking is a great mix of serenity and sightseeing that is fun and possible for all ages. Paddling through the crowd of kite surfers on Mui Ne beach might not be as relaxing as kayaking should be, so the many resorts who offer it as an activity usually do so at Suoi Nuoc beach, or at least on the fringes of Mui Ne beach. These are some of the best things to do in Mui Ne for families, as kids love to let loose in the kayaks, while the older folk can keep an eye on them and admire the idyllic scenery at the same time.

3.3. Kitesurfing

When it comes to kitesurfing or kiteboarding, Mui Ne is the top dog in this part of the world. Its perfect, windy-but-not-too-windy conditions attract budding and established kitesurfers from all over, keen to come to the kitesurfing capital of Southeast Asia to demonstrate their flips and tricks in front of crowds of onlookers at Mui Ne beach.

Of course, not everyone is an immediate pro upon turning up to the town, so several visitors opt to try one of the most fun activities in Mui Ne and sign up for kitesurfing lessons. These lessons usually take place in groups of 3 or 4 and last between 1 and 7 days, giving you a fun toe-dip in the ocean or the full adrenaline experience. Tours can be arranged by sauntering over to one of the kitesurfing shacks on Mui Ne beach and enquiring within.


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