Mui Ne! The beautiful fishing town on the coast. To get here from Ho Chi Minh, I simply booked a bus ticket through my hostel – I did this most of the way through Vietnam, however you need to be weary of how much it should cost before you do. Many people I met along the way had ‘open bus tickets’ which are tickets you buy through one company (meaning you must travel with the same bus company the entire way) to get you from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi (or vice versa) stopping at popular tourist destination along the way, e.g. Da lat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue, Quang Binh, Vinh and Ninh Binh. This restricted them a little, however I think it ends up a little bit cheaper.
Where to stay!
Five hours later I arrive in Mui Ne. I had already booked my hostel, using Hostel World, and boy am I glad I did! I stayed at Mui Ne Backpacker Village which has to have been one of my absolute favourite hostels in Vietnam! It has no bunk beds and the dorms only sleep 4 or 6, which is something you’ll soon crave as a backpacker! It is also much easier to make friends in a smaller dorm. Mui Ne Backpacker Village was run by an Aussie, which made communication easier and planning tours and buses simple! It has a pool (which is EXTREMELY necessary in Mui Ne, it was so hot!) of which they set up a volley ball net during the day, which was super fun! The alcohol was super cheap (especially for a vodka only drinker like myself) with a 2 for 1 deal making 2 vodka and lemonades cost me just under $4AUD. The hostel had a super chilled out vibe, however was also an ideaaaaaaal party hostel. Some nights, I just wanted to keep to myself and sleep, yet other nights I was eager to go out. I was able to do both with ease at Mui Ne Backpacker Village.
Where to eat!
Personally, I loooooooved Mui Ne. I spent many hours of my days just walking through the town. The town is spread out mostly down one main road, making it easy to explore. If you turn left leaving the hostel and walk down the beach side of the road you will find many beach-front seafood restaurants. I tried a different one everytime!
With seafood being sooooo cheap (and yummy) and the beautiful view of the water, only metres away, it made for an enjoyable meal time.
What to do in Mui Ne!
After a few days of just wandering and relaxation I booked a ‘sand dune tour’ through my hostel – completely unaware of the tourist attractions of Mui Ne and what the ‘sand dune tour’ included – for about $7AUD through my hostel! This ended up being the best idea. I booked the sunrise tour, where I saw the white sand dunes, the red sand dunes, the fishing village and the fairy stream. Each of these locations were all uniquely beautiful scenic locations in Mui Ne.
Note: I chose to go with a tour, though you could organise this venture solo. This would require owning/renting a mode of transportation however, as these locations are a bit out of the central town.
Travellers! Tell me your Mui Ne highlights! 🙂
I hope you’ll stick around and follow me on my adventure,
The Virgin Backpacker xx
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