Vietnam Mui Ne Sand Dunes
So Vietnam is big. Yes, we know. And when you want to go and visit, there are so many places on your list, correct? We understand. From our experience, we spent a month in Vietnam and it really flew by. Towards the end of the trip, we were getting a bit tired of travelling, and the thought of taking yet another multi-hour journey from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) to somewhere seemed daunting. But we are so glad we did!
Welcome to Mui Ne - a 5 hour bus ride ($6 USD) from Saigon. You could also hire your own car, but the buses were air conditioned and the seats folded down into bed-like structures, so it really wasn't that bad. Besides, when you arrive it is all truly worth it.
Things to do - Mui Ne is famous for its sand dunes. They are a short drive away from the town, and you can easily hire a 4x4 from one of the many tour companies to take you there (it cost us about $10 USD each). Once there, you can walk, or take dune buggy's to race through sand. Beware of flip flops - Ryan's was gone before he could say "Sand!" and he had to hobble back on the road with only one shoe!
There are red sand dunes, and white ones. We went in the afternoon, hung around for a bit, and then took photos of the sunset. It was breath-taking!
Water Activities - the other great part of Mui Ne are the beaches. This is a wind-surfing mecca, with lots of other options for enjoying the waters. There are also lovely resorts along the main road with great pools, so you can swim, surf and relax.
Mini Golf - we wanted to do something different and this was actually really fun! Check out Tropical MiniGolf.
Where to Eat: Seafood - The main town is a stretch of resorts all along one road, and right along the beach are 15-20 restaurants which cook seafood made to order. You pick the fish, or crab, or lobster, and they cook it right in front of you (for about $5).
If you are getting tired of Vietnamese food, or seafood, or just want something different, we also recommend trying out Phat Burgers. Run by an Aussie, this place is simple, providing diner-style food, with a wide range of burgers, fries and milkshakes. After a month of eating a lot of the same food, this place was a nice break, and was right across the street from our hotel. The vibe was chill, which we liked.
Where to stay- there are many resorts on tripadvisor, so where you go is up to you. We loved where we stayed, which has excellent reviews - Grace Boutique Resort. The pool was beautiful, the rooms had lovely decorations, and every morning we could sit up on the roof and have breakfast (delicious and all included), with beautiful views of the water. The owners Van and Loan are so lovely, and really went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We spent 4 days in paradise in Mui Ne, and would definitely go back again.
Thanks Mui Ne - you were worth the travel!