If you have 2 days in Mui Ne, which places should you visit?
If you are in Ho Chi Minh City and are looking for a destination to spend 2 days and 1 night, Mui Ne is the ideal one to be recommended. Together with Phuong Dung visit this land "full of sunshine and wind".
Kieu Phuong Dung (27 years old, working in Ho Chi Minh City) has just spent 2 days and 1 night traveling to Mui Ne. Sharing with Nem-vn.net, she said: “I departed from Saigon to Mui Ne. As this destination is located in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province, it does not take long to travel to. Besides, my trip only lasted for 2 days and 1 night, so Mui Ne was the most ideal choice. On top of that, there are many interesting destinations there. I chose to travel in December thanks to taking the advantage of a few days-off at the end of the year. The weather in Mui Ne on that day was quite nice - the morning was cool, the afternoon was a bit hot but at night the wind was chilly like 6am in Saigon. It didn’t rain, and very suitable for sightseeing”.
Phuong Dung chose to travel to Mui Ne in December with a 2 day 1 night schedule. Photo: Phuong Dung.
Some travel experiences in Mui Ne were shared by Phuong Dung with a hope to helping visitors:
The best time to go to Mui Ne
For the purpose of relaxation and swimming,
summer (around May - June) is the most appropriate time to go to Mui Ne. Photo: dulich24
For the purpose of relaxation and swimming, summer (around May - June) is the most appropriate time to go to Mui Ne. With a warm climate all year round, you can also go to Mui Ne at any time of the year to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air here. Please note that July - August is the season of seaweed, so the sea water here will be cloudy.
The way to travel to Mui Ne
From Saigon, Phuong Dung and friends travelled to Mui Ne by bed coach with the return ticket price of VND 280,000/person. The bus was quite large; each passenger getting on the bus would be provided with a mineral water bottle and a wet towel. If you stop in the central area the bus will stop at that point, otherwise, it will take you to the hotel by a transit car.
The romantic scene of the hotel where Phuong Dung stayed. Photo: Phuong Dung
In Mui Ne, you should rent a motorbike to get around, and this cost is about VND 100,000 - 120,000/motorbike/day. Besides that, you can also choose to travel by taxi. Phuong Dung suggested that you should give your schedule to the driver and negotiate a full day rental, instead of paying money based on the travel distance.
Staying in Mui Ne
During her stay there, Phuong Dung chose to stay at a fairly new hotel called Meraki Oasis Hotel, which had a unique and beautiful Greek architecture. She commented: “This is a hotel with European style; the architecture is simple but very beautiful. The staff here were willing to assist customers at all times, making me very satisfied”. The price of stay at this hotel is VND 850,000/night/3 people including breakfast (the rate in 2020).
Some interesting destinations in Mui Ne
Tien Stream (Fairy Stream)
Tien Stream in Mui Ne is unique thanks to a prominent red-orange sand hill
and “sand stalactites” rising straight to the sky.
Tien Stream is a destination located on Huynh Thuc Khang Street in Mui Ne with a length of about 3km. The most impressive feature of Tien Stream is the red-orange color of the water stained from the sand. Although it is called a stream, this is actually a small flow of water located next to Hon Rom. The water flows gently and the depth is just higher than the ankle, with only the deepest part coming up to the knee. Therefore, visitors often have to put their shoes and sandals at the gate of the beauty spot and walk barefoot to enjoy the beauty of the stream, together with the cool and fresh air.
You can walk from Tien Stream to the sand hill to enjoy the panoramic view.Photo: Phuong Dung
The panoramic view of Tien Stream from above. Photo: phanthietvn
Along the stream, there is a path leading to the sand hill, so visitors can follow this road to enjoy a panoramic view of Tien Stream. From above, the stream is like a boundary, one side is a prominent red-orange sand hill while the other side is rows of green coconut trees. Different from normal sand hills, the sand dunes here are “eroded by the sun and wind” into “vertical sand stalactites”, pointing straight up to the sky like sparkling castles. Tien Stream attracts visitors during the four seasons. In particular, you can enjoy the gorgeous sunlight with the purple of the hyacinth flower in the summer. A romantic scene will appear before your eyes, with the grapefruit and lemon flowers blooming on the banks of the stream in the spring.
Phuong Dung suggested bringing glasses because there are sands in the air as a result of strong winds.
Bau Trang Sand Dune
Phuong Dung rented a jeep to visit Bau Trang. Photo: Phuong Dung
About 65 km northeast of Phan Thiet, Bau Trang is located in Hong Lam village, Hoa Thang commune, Bac Binh district. Phuong Dung and her friends rented a jeep at the price of VND 600,000 to move from their hotel to Bau Trang. The car will pick you up at the hotel and take you to visit both the sand dune and the lake there. According to many legends, this place used to be a large lake, people then built a sand dune across the lake to go through. Since then, the lake has been divided into two parts, the small lake and the large lake. Since "Bau" in the local language means "lake", the locals have called the small lake by this name. In 1867, when Nguyen Thong (an official of the Nguyen Dynasty and a famous Vietnamese scholar in the first half of the 19th century) came across here and saw this beautiful scene, he called it "Bach Ho", and then many poets regarded it as Bau Trang.
The vast sand dunes in Bau Trang. Photo: Phuong Dung
Currently, Bau Trang is divided into two parts by the crossing sand hill, which is called Bau Ong and Bau Ba lakes. Around Bau Ba, the locals plant a lot of lotus to harvest seeds and roots, which creates a very romantic scene. As well as this, the sand dunes in Bau Trang are also very attractive to tourists, because of the wild beauty with the vast and tall sand dunes stretching out to the horizon. Different from normal sand dunes, the beauty of Bau Trang is also contributed by the blue colours of the water, creating a harmonious space between the heat of the sand hill and the freshness of the lakes.
There are two clear blue lakes here, this makes a huge difference
when compared to common sand dunes. Photo: Phuong Dung
Chameleon Beach Bar
This bar, which is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Quarter 2, Phan Thiet City, specializes in serving food, especially delicious Thai food. Phuong Dung chose this place for entertainment because it is close to the sea, so there are many beautiful scenes to admire.
The beautiful scenery at Chameleon Beach Bar attracts many tourists. Photo: IVIVU
Food in Mui Ne
Seafood is the highlight of cuisine in Mui Ne. There are many restaurants in the embankment area of Nguyen Dinh Chieu street for you to enjoy seafood such as crab, shrimp, mantis shrimp and lobster. As well as this, you should enjoy other delicious dishes such as rice dumpling cake, noodles soup and Vietnamese crepe. Perhaps the most special dish is fish cakes with noodles. The highlight of this dish is the stewed broth from bones and fishes such as cobia, greater amberjack, etc. Also, quail eggs and mushrooms can be added in the stock. The fish cakes are made from ground mackerel, lizard-fish and giant sword minnow. The noodles are made from rice flour, which should be larger than the rice vermicelli. The richness of the fish cakes, the sweetness of the broth and the chewy taste of the noodles are blended together to create a bowl of fish cakes with noodles that is full of flavours. The price for each bowl of fish cake with noodles is only about VND 20,000 - 30,000.
Fish cake with noodles is a specialty in Phan Thiet in general and Mui Ne in particular. Photo: chudu24
The total cost for an interesting 2-day-1-night itinerary for Phuong Dung was VND 1.7 million. She found this cost quite reasonable for a short trip away from Saigon, but it still brings back some memorable moments of different destinations and the local cuisine.