Just four hours north of the bustling, hectic city of Ho Chi Minh City lies the backpacker paradise of Mui Ne – a place where you can easily get stuck for a while. Originally a small fishing village, the town still retains its old-world charm as you sit gazing out at the South China Sea with a beer in hand watching the local fisherman get their daily catch in the traditional circular Vietnamese boats.
The 10km golden sandy beach shaded with coconut palms is naturally the main draw of Mui Ne, and the consistent tropical breeze brings with it excellent conditions for wind surfing, kite boarding and SUP (stand up paddle boarding), particularly November until March. As a beginner, you can try out a day or a week’s lessons at great value for money – which can be booked at any one of the schools along the beach.
Kite Surfing in Mui Ne
Just 15 minutes by bicycle outside of the main village you’ll find the famous Mui Ne Sand Dunes, which are a photographers’ dream at sunrise and sunset. Undulating red and white sand as far as the eye can see will make you feel like you are in the desert.
Sand dunes of Mui Ne – photo by Flash Parker
A trip to the pretty Fairy Stream on the way back from the dunes is definitely worthwhile as you follow a small winding river through bamboo forests, boulders and red sand hills.
The fairy stream
As well as plenty of action in and around Mui Ne, the resort town also boasts some pretty bouncing nightlife with beach parties, fire dancing and a lively holiday atmosphere until the early hours. Have we convinced you to travel to Mui Ne yet? Well here’s where we think you should stay!
Where to Stay? Luxury at Backpacker Prices…
Recently, we discovered the amazing Long Son Mui Ne Resort and we actually can’t believe the value for money and quality of this place! The luxury resort does what not many other fancy resorts do – and that’s open their doors to lovely backpackers like you and me! (With our flip flops and messy hair most resorts wouldn’t want to see us within a mile of their property – but not this place!)
Long Son Mui Ne Resort give backpackers the chance to share in the all of the amazing facilities of the resort by offering them a unique budget accommodation option. Camping!
Can you believe you can camp here for as little as $1 USD per night? It’s pure luxury at backpacker prices! And this is why we wanted to tell you about it. They call it ‘The Backpacker Square’.
Located on an unspoiled and tranquil stretch of beach called Suoi Nuoc, a few minutes north of Mui Ne, Long Son Mui Ne Resort enjoys a tranquil and exclusive setting. (Most of the other, busier resorts are located at Ham Tien, Mui Ne.)
The white sandy beach is yours and your alone…
Situated right between the red and the white sand dunes – it’s a great place to stop for food and drinks – even if you’re not staying here! You’ll watch fishing boats bobbing on the water as you sunbathe on the warm sands and if you get up early enough (or are still up partying at this hour!) the sunrises above the bay are spectacular.
What a place to relax…
Here are some more things you can indulge in during your stay:
- Amazing seafood barbecues – Fresh fish caught daily by local fisherman is brought into the resort and cooked in a unique Vietnamese style! The resort specializes in Vietnamese hotpots and a ‘Built in BBQ on your table’ so you can have the pleasure of barbecuing your food to your liking! It’s a collaborative and fun dining experience. And, specifically with the budget backpacker in mind, there are $1 USD food and drink deals available!
- Camping & other accommodation – Not many resorts have so many different kinds of accommodation to suit so many different budgets. At Long Son Mui Ne Resort, there are five kinds of tents you can camp in either in their aptly named ‘Backpacker Square’, on the resort grounds or even right on the beach! To give you an idea of the ‘you-won’t-believe-this’ prices – single tent (3$ USD – with a special $1 USD price on Thursdays!), $3 USD for the next night), double (5$ USD / night), premium (7$ USD / night), superior (10$ USD / night) and luxury (which is the same tent as the superior option, but is set up in a private area with private beach access for just 20$ USD / night!). Mattress, pillow and blanket are included and of course there are free toilets and showers nearby. If you don’t fancy camping, there are also bungalows available for a great value for money 30$ USD / night and even dorm beds at 7$ USD/ night. (All prices are per person).
Call it ‘glamping’!
What more could a backpacker want?
Cozy at night!
- Parties & entertainment – There is plenty of things going on at the Long Son Mui Ne Resort to keep you entertained! There’s a pool table, darts, ping-pong table, soccer table, a little relaxing area to read your books as well as a book exchange and movie night on Thursdays. And – if you’re lucky enough to be a guest when they throw one of their wet and wild ‘Bikini Splash Parties’ – under fountains to the rhythm of light and music – you’re in for a treat! Long Son Mui Ne’s Jeep Bar is the perfect place to relax right on the beach with luxuriously long happy hours and even happy days! No wonder you’ll find this place hard to leave!
- Activities – If you want to get out an explore Mui Ne, Long Son Mui Ne Resort can organize trips to the white and red sand dunes, Tacu Mountain, Binh Chau, Fishing Tour and Phant Thiet Tour. All trips can be done by jeep or private car. Group trips start at just $5 USD. The friendly staff are on hand to give you travel info about Mui Ne, help you to rent a motorbike or give you advice on the local watersports. And – after all that action – you can head to Mui Ne village for a relaxing massage – special rates if you are staying at Long Son Mui Ne!