Vietnam – Mui Ne, 15 August 2010

Twas a long day that started at 4.30 am. We took a sand dunes morning sunrise tour. Normally, I don’t like waking up early, but I must say, this was definitely worth it. The view of sunrise was simply stunning. I wish my camera was able to better capture the sight.

Sunrise at Mui Ne

Sunrise over the White Dunes of Mui Ne

Mui Ne is a beach town about 300 km from Ho Chi Minh City, and can be reached in about 4 hours. Its beach is not only nice for chilling out (as there usually aren’t many people), but there are also many activities like kite-surfing, windsailing, and surfing. Another spectacular sight are the white and yellow dunes. It is truly a marvelous sight. The white dunes are about a half hour drive from the beach area of Mui Ne, while the yellow dunes are an easy ten km away.

People taking wedding shots on the white sand dunes

The Yellow Dunes of Mui Ne

Part of the tour involved going to the Mui Ne fishing village. It was certainly worth the trip. We arrived in the morning, and boats were bringing in fresh catch from the night before. It was bustling with activity.

Watching the seafood being relayed in

Shrimps for Bubba Gump?

After our tour of some sights that Mui Ne has to offer, we went back for a leisurely breakfast, and I took a nap.

Afternoon was filled with various water activities – which Mui Ne is known for its water activities. Others went for kayaking and jetskiing, I opted for surfing. Previously, I managed to catch some waves, but no luck today. Lesson learnt? Go check Wind Guru before going surfing. It is pretty handy if you want to do wind-related activities. Other activities on offer along the beach include windsailing and kite-surfing.

For the less inclined, sitting on the beach is also a pleasant activity. Although it doesn’t have clear blue waters, it does have pretty powdery white sand. More importantly, there are very few people on the beach usually, so you don’t feel like you’re sharing the beach with a million other people.

Mui Ne Beach


Vietnam – Mui Ne, 14 August 2010

We arrived at HCMC today at around 8.30 am, and headed directly from HCMC airport to Mui Ne. Due to traffic congestion, what used to be a 3hr car ride is now a 4.5 hr car ride. Consequently, by the time we arrived for check in into the excellent Shades Resort, it was already the late afternoon. As our last meal was at 6 am, we headed out for lunch at Lam Tong restaurant, which is a popular local seafood restaurant that is a ten-minute walk away from Shades.

Apart from the usual seafood, we ordered a fried tofu with chilli and lemongrass (20000 dong, or 1 USD/1.50 SGD), and a chicken with chilli and lemongrass (35000 dong, or 2 USD/3 SGD). The tofu was so excellent that we ordered it again for lunch the next day. Once again, a cheap and delicious meal at Lam Tong.

Fried Tofu with Chilli and Lemongrass

Grilled Chicken with Chilli and Lemongrass

Getting there and away from HCMC:

Apart from the private car option (up to 6 people), which costs around 80 USD each way, and offers more flexibility, there are cheaper options, especially if you are travelling on your own. There are many buses that leave HCMC in the morning, and these take around 4 hrs, and cost around 5 USD. Tickets can be purchased from most travel ‘agents’ located in the Pham Ngu Lao area.

For more information on Mui Ne, an excellent website is: