Mui Ne has one main road lined with accommodation and great restaurants and bars along a stretch of golden sand. It has the perfect conditions for water sports like windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing which you can take part in with a lesson or a day trip. It’s also famous for the red and white sand dunes that are easily accessible on a rented scooter.
We stayed at the lovely Strawberry Hotel, nice clean rooms with AC and hot water! It has a great restaurant too, one of the best in town. There is a pub crawl on most nights from the expensive Mui Ne Backpackers Resort which is a great way to meet new people and involves a lot of free shots.
There are some great bars and restaurants to try out. Popular was our favourite for late-night drinking, Good Morning Vietnam does great pizza, Sakara is a lovely resort where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a beer. You should definitely make the effort to go for a late-night swim and enjoy the phosphorescence in the water!
The sand dunes
It’s a lovely drive out to the Red Dunes, but the peace is quickly destroyed as you park up and get hassled by kids trying to rent you a plastic sled to ride down the dunes, don’t bother, you won’t get very far. Also, keep an eye on your motorbike because it’s likely to be damaged just so you have to pay someone to fix it.
The White Dunes are a little further out but even more beautiful and slightly more peaceful. For some reason, they have ostrich riding here for a dollar. It seems quite cruel but at the same time it’s quite hilarious, and I’m sorry to say that I did have a go. You can also rent quad bikes which looked like a lot of fun.
The Fairy Spring is also worth stopping by, the bright red sand is scorching hot so make sure you wear shoes, maybe even something a little sturdier than flip flops.
On your way back to Mui Ne it’s worth stopping at the Red Dunes again to watch the sky light up and the silhouettes of people as the sun sets, before the temperature plummets. Just kidding, this isn’t a real desert, it never gets cold in South East Asia.
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