With my two lovely friends off I went to Mui Ne for the weekend. Have you ever traveled anywhere when you did completely nothing but relax? That’s just what we did but there are things I have found out that I want to share with you. I have been to one of the places in Phan Thiet in 2010 but this was actually just my first time in Mui Ne.
And I’ve learned 10 Things:
1. There are a lot of hotels/hostels/guest houses. This means you it’s no big deal even if you got there during public holidays. I remember my friends panic every Labor Day or Tet that they booked a month or two for an accommodation in Mui Ne. To be honest, you can just pop in and pick your place when you get there. Literally, just walk along a very loooong Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street (15 km) and every 20 steps is a hotel or a resort.
2. The hotels cost from 25 USD to 140 USD and most of the them have a swimming pool. We stayed at Sunshine Beach; it was in 30 USD-room with a view of the sea. Cheap? They had 50% off that time. Lucky us! They are still constructing their pool though so I reckon the place will be a lot better next year.
3. It is impossible to swim with such big waves. So if you are not very confident with your swimming skills, better stay in the pool
4. At the moment of writing, a sleeper bus to Mui Ne costs 170,000 VND and it takes 5 hours of traveling from Saigon.
5. There are convenience stores which are open 24 hours. Imagine we arrived around 2 in the morning, starving. Good thing the staff offered to buy us instant noodles at a nearby shop.
6. Jibes Restaurant has a Mango Cheesecake which is just heavenly! My friend Laura had been to this place a number of times and she suggested we’d have dinner there. Yes, they have good food and it’s a great place to spend the evening chitchatting with your friends.
7. Mui Ne is one of the best places for water sports in Vietnam.They have a wide selection of fun and exciting activities on the water such as kite boarding, wind surfing, and oh, I wanted to try that motor skiing which would have cost me 600,000 VND for 30 minutes but I didn’t feel very adventurous that time. Maybe, next time.
8. Russian restaurants and resorts are prominent in this area. I have read tweeters and bloggers call this place a Russian Town.
9. It’s good to go to Mui Ne when it’s not the peak season. You can have the whole beach for yourself It’s really quiet, I have slept a lot! Also, I have read 2 e-books. It’s a lovely place.
10. Buy everything in Saigon like swim wear, hat, sunglasses before heading to Mui Ne. If you’re a tourist in Vietnam, buy all your souvenirs in Saigon. The prices are a bit higher in Mui Ne.
Bonus: Food! Ha! Ok, to be fair, food is always good when you’re at the beach. Well, just look at my photos below as sample of servings in Mui Ne. I’ve paid 5 to 10USD per meal in Mui Ne though breakfast is always free at the hotel.
I didn’t do much there. I haven’t even been to the dunes yet. Next time I go there, I will tell you more.
If you’ve been to Mui Ne, I’d love to hear any recommendations from you for my next visit.
Note: My title 10+ 1 was inspired by @mrsoaroundworld from her post : 5+1 reasons why I love the UK