TOP 18 THINGS TO DO IN MUI NE PHAN THIET VIET NAM 2019
Top 18 things to do best attractions in Mui Ne Phan Thiet, Viet Nam 2019. The best attractions White Sand Dunes, Red Sand Dunes, Fairy Stream, Fishing Village, Ke Ga Lighthouse,Poshanu Cham Towers, Hon Ghenh... in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. The best attractions in Phan Thiet and the beach of Mui Ne comprise geographical wonders, traditional fishing villages, pristine beaches and verdant mountains, not forgetting ancient structures that date back as far as the 9th century. Needless to say, visitors have plenty to see and do during their holiday in the capital of Binh Thuan province. While Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are among the busiest coastal towns in Vietnam, it remains relatively untouched by urban development, making it an ideal retreat from the bustling cities of Saigon and Hanoi. The most famous attractions here are the Red and White Sand Dunes, where travellers can enjoy a fun-filled day of riding ATVs or sliding down the slopes on rickety sleds. With that being said, there’s more to this town than the extraordinary desert plains, so we’ve compiled a list of Phan Thiet and Mui Ne’s most popular attractions.
FISHING VILLAGE MUI NE PHAN THIET
Fishing Village a small peaceful part of coastal area in Binh Thuan. The Fishing Village do not only have the calm and charming natural landscape but it also contains bustling tunes of the coastal area life.
This is a place where you can discover the fishermen’s life in Mui Ne. Especially in the early morning, The Fishing Village looks like a lively picture with crowded boats on the shore and a lot of fresh seafood that the fishermen have just caught.
Fishing Village Mui Ne, Phan Thiet
Visit to The Fishing Village, you can experience the fishermen’s life with their fishing business. Besides, you have a chance to choose and buy some fresh seafood such as: squids, fish, shrimps, crabs, snails, shellfish…they are not only delicious but the price is also better than anywhere.
FAIRY STREAM MUI NE PHAN THIET
Mui Ne Fairy Stream - the fairyland where the nature has created thousands of strange shapes such as sandy stalactites which look like the skyscrapers. They’re rock and wrapped by red sandy mountains. Of course, they add their roles to make the stream look more brilliant.
Fairy Stream Mui Ne
Only walking along the stream, you can feel clearly the coolness of the stream water. The scenery of Fairy Stream looks like a drawing which charms the tourists’ soul as well as someone who love miraculous nature. The color contrast actually show with the green of trees, the orange of stream water, the yellow orange of sand and the color of sandy stalactites.
Visit four most beautiful places in Mui Ne: White Sand Dune, Red Sand Dune, Fishing Village and Fairy Stream.
WHITE SAND DUNES MUI NE PHAN THIET
Mui Ne White Sand Dune (Bau Trang Mui Ne) is the most beautiful destination in Mui Ne. This place is likened to a small Sahara Desert, attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists by the pure beauty of dreamlike meandering white sand hills. In the middle, there is a large natural freshwater lake with pristine water. In the lake, lotus flowers blossom with white and pink colors that make the scenery look more colorful.
Surrounded by White Sand Dunes, the lake is more beautiful in the sunlight and blasts of wind endowed by nature. Looking down from the sand hill, you will be impressed by the mirror-like surface of the lake flickering with pink lotus flowers and the dark color sand dunes far in the distance.
The sand dunes have been linked to Bau Trang for thousands of years. It brings the unlimited sand source while Bau Trang brings unlimited fresh water source. Both of them combine to each other and create a natural poetic landscape.
The fresh and cool all year round water of Bau Trang abates the hot temperature of immense sand dunes and make the natural scene here so poetic that anyone come here want to take a stop over.
Visiting to White Sand Dunes, you can wander through the dunes for sightseeing, taking photographs or camping under the nature immense. More interesting, you should try interesting sliding sand game and other games such as hilltop-conquering to experience the unique changes of the sand dune as well as the thrill feeling. The sand-board rental price is 1 USD/ unit. You will feel that it’s so wonderful when sliding on the sand dunes, conquering from this hilltop to another.
The sand dunes stretch from Binh Thuan Province to Ninh Thuan Province but the most beautiful landscape is in Mui Ne that is considered as a unique landscape in Viet Nam. The sand dune was created by the secular iron mine which had been existing since over hundred years, and the shapes of the sand dunes is changing by hours, by days, by months with no specific shape. Hundred interesting shapes of the sand dunes are formed thanks to the erosion and blowing the fragile sand layer by the wind.
RED SAND DUNES MUI NE PHAN THIET
The Red Sand Dune is also called as Mui Ne Sand Bay, located in the Quarter 5, Mui Ne ward, Phan Thiet City. This is an extremely nice landscape that many famous poets, artists and photographers love. The Red Sand Dune cannot be ignored when you visit to Mui Ne.
The Red Sand Dune is not as large as the White Sand Dune but the scenery here is really beautiful that marks nondescript beautiful pictures. It is named The Red Sand Dune because of its characteristic.
From the sand dunes, an amazing scene will appear in front of your eyes. Winds from the sea of Hon Rom will throw the top layer of sand and creates various and unique shapes. By dint of this, Red Sand Dunes becomes more beautiful. Coming to Red Sand Dunes, tourists have a chance to admire this "natural wonder" which changes day by day and hour by hour in the harmony with beautiful sunlight. Red Sand Dunes in Mui Ne are so special. The color of sand changes constantly from yellow to white, pink and red, depending on the sunlight.
HON ROM BEACH MUI NE
Hon Rom is the name of a small wild mountain located in Long Son hamlet, Mui Ne ward, Phan Thiet. Visitors should go to Hon Rom in the early morning or late afternoon to watch the sunrise and sunset. This is also an ideal campsite to camp camp fire at night or watch the stars. Clusters of beaches in Hon Rom smooth waves, no reefs and clear blue water, you can ask for directions to Rom 1, Hon Rom 2 or Thuy Trang beach to swim.
DA ONG DIA BEACH MUI NE
This is a beach located on the way from Phan Thiet to Mui Ne and opposite Sea Links Resort. No one knows where its name comes from. However, it is sure that this name is chosen because of a rock with the shape of Ong Dia (the spirit of the earth) sitting and overlooking the land. This stone is naturally formed. At first, some residents here supposed this “Ong Dia” is the gift from the god; therefore, they built a shrine so that people could come here to pray for luck and successful business. This is also an ideal place where foreigners play extreme sports like windsurfing and surfing.
HON GHENH BEACH MUI NE
Hon Ghenh is also known as Hon Lao, this place is about 1 km from Mui Ne and quite pristine. To get to Hon Ghenh, you can rent fishing boats or take a shuttle service from the resort or hotel.
Early in the morning you can come here to fish, then go scuba diving to see the coral, the evening is the best time to watch the sunset and sunset at sea.
KE GA LIGHTHOUSE
20 kilometers from Phan Thiet to the south, Ke Ga Headland has rocks formed into a variety of incredible shapes which arouse guests’ curiosity. Although more and more hotels and resorts are built, Ke Ga Headland still remains its own wild, idyllic rustic and natural beauty with clumps of poplars and incredibly strange marble slab.
Do not forget to come over Dien Headland which is around 500 meters from the sea shore when you visit Ke Ga Headland. The lighthouse on the Dien Headland is designed by a French architect named Chnavat. It is famed for the tall and oldest lighthouse in South East Asia.
POSHANU CHAM TOWERS
7 kilometers from Phan Thiet City, Poshanu Cham Towers are perched on Ba Nai Hill. This is one of the remained relics of Champa Kingdom. Despite of its small shape, it is the essence of Cham people’s art. Visiting this place, you can feel the majesty and mystery of these towers.
TA CU MOUNTAIN
Ta Cu Mountain is located close to the national highway 1A, in Ham Thuan Nam Town (Ham Thuan Nam District), 30 kilometers south of Phan Thiet. If you are adventurous and healthy, you can conquer the mount of over 1000 stairs. There is also a second option, tourists can use the cable system to reach the top of the mountain within 15 minute with the price: 60.000 VND/person/one way. On the mountain, there are 2 famous pagodas which are Linh Son Truong Tho and Long Doan. The focal point of the mountain is the spectacular Southeast Asia’s largest statue of Buddha which extends for 49 meters. Then, some tourists continue exploring the cave with the legend of enlightened beings who comes to Pure Land here, Founder Cave.
VAN THUY TU TEMPLE
Van Thuy Tu Temple is the largest and oldest whale temple in Phan Thiet, displaying skeletal remains of whales, fishing boats, conical hats, and authentic artefacts from the Nguyen Dynasty. Built in 1762 to commemorate Ca Ong (Lord Whale), locals believe that whales are benevolent creatures that protect fisherman from bad weather and the dangers at sea. Today, this small temple houses the skeletal remains of more than 500 whales that are over 100 years old, including a 22-metre long whale skeleton that’s believed to have been the biggest in Southeast Asia. Numerous artefacts from the Nguyen Dynasty are also displayed within the main hall of the temple, such as written decrees by 24 former kings, terracotta statues, incense table, lacquered boards, and an antique bronze bell.
Religious ceremonies such as Spring Festival, Whale Worshipping Festival, and Peace Prayer Ceremony are held at the temple every year, where locals gather and pray for smooth sailing, good weather and fishing harvest. Visitors can also expect an array of activities such as solemn rites, folk singing, and boat racing during these events. A must-visit for history buffs and travellers looking to experience traditional Cham rituals, Van Thuy Tu Temple is a 15-minute drive from Phan Thiet Beach. Entrance fee is priced at VND 10,000 per person which includes a guided tour of the temple.
MUI NE JEEP TOUR ATTRACTIONS
WHITE SAND DUNES - RED SAND DUNES - FAIRY STREAM - FISHING VILLAGE
PRIVATE JEEP TOUR PRICES
1 - 3 pax: 29 USD / private jeep up to 4 people (the price is per jeep, not per person)
4 - 6 pax: 34 USD / private jeep up to 6 people (the price is per jeep, not per person)
7 pax and more: 8 USD per pax for whole tour by private jeep
- Sunrise tour pick up at 4:30am (Duration from 04:30am - 08:30am)
- Sunset tour pick up at 1:30pm (Duration from 1:30pm - 6:00pm)
- Customise pick up time: Choose the starting time between the time frame: 4:30am - 8:30am for morning tour or 13:30pm - 14:30pm for afternoon tour
- Tour duration: about 04 hours – 04 hours and a half.
- Private tour includes:
- Pick up and drop off guests by private jeep at the hotel/ resort (in Mui Ne)
- Wet wipe, water
- Entrance tickets at the White Dunes
- Tour excludes:
- Tour-guide, other services…
The departure time is flexible upon guest’s choosing. Guests decide the time for pick up at the hotel, we can arrange jeep car for tour at any time.
Additional notes: the services are available for rent at the white sand dunes:
- ATV rental: 40 USD for 30 minutes/ one ATV for 2 persons
- Jeep ride to the dunes: 9 USD per persons
- Sand boarding: 1 USD for one sliding board
SANDBOARDING IN MUI NE
Tourists can enjoy sand-boarding in Mui Ne Sand Dunes by hiring plastic boards of local resident, climbing to the highest point of sandunes, riding down sand dunes while sitting on the boards and feeling the excitement. The price of boards is quite cheap, about 20.000 VND/board. Before paying money, don’t forget to deal the using time with the sellers.
SELF-DRIVING RENTED QUAD BIKE (ATV) ON MUI NE WHITE SAND DUNES
Coming to White Sand which is away from Mui Ne center about 40 kilometers, tourists will have chance to ride quad bikes and overcome the bristly sandy slopes as well as satisfactorily conquer the sand dunes which names as mini desert. Do experience of riding quad bikes when you plan to the White Sand Dune in Mui Ne.
JEEP RIDE TO THE WHITE SAND DUNES
In Mui Ne, if you would like to walk on the golden-bright sand dunes then you should choose the time between 6 – 8 am or between 4 – 5 pm. At this time, the sand dunes are not so hot, you can comfortably walk barefoot on the sand and watch the beauty of the sea at dawn; or watch the sunset on the sand. Besides, you can hire a Jeep car drive on the poetic sand dunes to save these interesting beautiful pictures.
OSTRICH RIDING IN MUI NE
Ostrich farm is near Fairy Stream Mui Ne. After exploring all must-see destinations, tourists can come here to have broad smiles with ostrich riding.
KITE-BOARDING IN MUI NE
Kite-surfing (also called kite-boarding) is a pretty new sport. It became popular in the seas with strong wind in the late 90s and came to Vietnam in the 2000s. This is an extreme sport on the water and a combining aspects of wind-surfing, surfing and paragliding into one extreme sport. When playing kite-surfing in Mui Ne, kite-boarders harness the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, and waves.
SURFING MUI NE
Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider does not use any other types of equipment except a surfboard. On the 2-meter surfboard, surfer rides on the forward or deep face of a moving wave and sail by his or her own hands to the wave which carries the surfer towards the shore; at that time, surfer stands up and use their skills to control the board to surf on the wave. In Da Ong Dia Mui Ne, the service of teaching surfing and surfboard rental is always available for you to challenge yourselves.
MINERAL MUD BATH MUI NE
Mui Ne Mineral Mud Center is located at 133 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Mui Ne. This center provides a wide range of service packages whose prices are only different because of attached services such as private room, massage, included meals at restaurant, etc. You can skip all these services and choose the cheapest package with 600.000 VND/2 people. In the pricelist, you can see the allowed time to bath with that amount of money is 20 minutes; in fact, you can bath as long as you would like to.