MUI NE, LITTLE SAHARA IN VIETNAM
Located in South Vietnam, only 200 kilometres northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, the resort of Mui Ne is a popular destination for travelers who want to take a beach break during their trip to Vietnam. A choice motivated by a unique climate, extraordinary landscapes composed of dunes and a magical canyon, and for the many activities both on sea and land that this renowned seaside resort has to offer.
The superb dunes of Mui Ne
The beautiful dunes alone justify a stay at Mui Ne. This little Sahara air in the middle of Vietnam always captivates visitors. Nature has been generous in offering you two dune formations, one red and the other white. Visiting them can be an opportunity for a half or full day Jeep excursion. The red dunes, located at the exit of the city, offer breathtaking panoramas especially at sunset when the light at the end of the day tints these vast expanses of sand a coppery red. As for the white dunes, they are located about thirty kilometres from Mui Ne and offer the opportunity for a magnificent walk in the semi-desert countryside of Mui Ne. The white sand dunes are reflected in the deep blue waters of a lake full of lotus flowers, offering a particularly photogenic picture that one never tires of contemplating.
The extraordinary canyon of the Fairy River
Nature has surpassed itself again by creating this dazzling natural site. The place holds its fairy name well because it is a completely magical place. To realize this, take a walk in the Rivière des Fées canyon and enjoy the breathtaking view of the vegetation and rock formations in a palette of colours ranging from white to bright red. We recommend you go there early in the morning or at the end of the day when the light is at its best.
Visit the Cham Towers of Poshanu
Until the 15th century, the coastline of Central Vietnam was the territory of the Champa kingdom, a civilization that influenced the political and cultural history of all Southeast Asia. Around the cities, the Cham kings built temples where many gods of the great Indian religions were worshipped. A multitude of religious buildings are still present on the central coast of Vietnam and testify today to the material and spiritual wealth of the country. Located only 7 kilometres from Mui Ne, the Cham Towers of Poshanu are a beautiful excursion that allows you to discover a well-preserved 8th century archaeological site dedicated to Shiva. This complex perched on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Phan Thiêt River and composed of two towers and a small temple, is a remarkable example of the artistic mastery of the Cham people.
A kiteboarder's paradise
Between November and April, Mui Ne offers perfect conditions for kiteboarding. Mui Ne has become one of the best destinations in the world for kiteboarding. Take advantage of your stay at Mui Ne to learn or improve your kitesurfing skills. Several schools offer lessons or equipment for rent.
Things to see and do in Mui Ne to complement your stay
- Admire the sunrise and witness the spectacle of the fishermen's return to the beach at the northern tip of Mui Ne. It's an incessant ballet of women in conical hats who come to unload the crates of fish that will then leave for the central market.
- Afterwards, we go to the central market with the typical atmosphere of a Vietnamese market. You will find a lot of fruits and vegetables and of course fish and seafood. Take the opportunity to have your breakfast there, many stalls offer you a whole range of local specialties and very good Vietnamese coffee.
- You will enjoy the local gastronomy largely influenced by the marine flavors. With your feet in the water in a seaside restaurant or on a plastic stool in a street restaurant, the pleasure remains the same.
- Pamper yourself in a spa. After a day's excursion, succumb to the pleasure of massages, body treatments, hydrotherapy, sauna or hammam... the offering is vast and has enough to get you back in shape for the rest of your trip in Vietnam.
- Play a round of golf. Mui Ne has a magnificent 18-hole golf course, hole 9 of which is mentioned in "The thousand greens you must play in your life". For families, a mini-golf course is there to have a a more paced, relaxing time.
Best season: Benefiting from a unique microclimate, Mui Ne is one of the driest places in Southeast Asia. However, we recommend that you visit Mui Ne between October and March to take advantage of optimal weather and temperatures.