It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and something I'll never forget... I would definitely do another trip in the future
A pretty seaside town on Vietnam's southeast coast, Mui Ne has been a popular holiday destination for locals and travelers alike for some time. Over the last fifteen years, tourism has built steadily in the area and now the pristine crescent bay is lined with resorts and restaurants, filled with happy holidaymakers. All the action is arranged along the main road which is well serviced with taxis and itss easy to get from one end of town to the other.
With plenty of activities available, there is never a dull moment. Surrounding the town are areas of natural beauty from mini canyons to saharan sand dunes - perfect for an afternoon of sliding. Get a taste for local life amongst the bustle of the market or the aromas of the fish sauce plant. Most popular, of course is the Mui Ne's sandy beach and rolling waves, welcoming watery thrillseekers and surfers as well as those those in search of a restful, relaxing sunbathe or a dip in the ocean.
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Because of its tropical climate and the strong breezes to which it is exposed, Mui Ne is a popular destination for watersports. Kitesurfers and windsurfers flock in their droves to the beach in high season for a day on the water.
Po Sha Inu Tower
A derelict remainder of the ancient Cham people who once ruled Vietnam stands atop Ong Hoang Hill, overlooking Mui Ne bay. The intricately-carved stone towers of Po Sha Inu attract visitors all year round with their crumbling grandeur.
Just out of Mui Ne bay are two sets of sand dunes. The dramatically-colored red dunes undulate down to the ocean, while the larger white dunes stretch for miles around a crystal blue lake filled with lotus flowers. Adventurous sand-surfers flock to both sets to slide down the slopes or to sit with a picnic, enjoying the views of the water.
Fish Sauce Plants
Pay a visit to the flavorful factory responsible for Vietnam’s ubiquitous nuoc mam (fish sauce). Here the mixture of anchovies and squid juice is prepared in huge vats and then left to ferment in the heat of the sun, before being shipped around the country.
Just north of Mui Ne bay, along the coast, lies a sleepy fishing village, home to countless colorful little boats bringing delicious fresh seafood to the market. For a truly local experience, don’t miss a stroll around to take in the sights and smells.
A short drive down the coast from Mui Ne, Phan Thiet is one of Vietnam’s most important fishing ports. It’s worth the journey to experience a busy, working port, to see the day’s catch being brought ashore and to enjoy some truly fresh local seafood.
Boasting the best par-3 hole in Vietnam, the Ocean Dunes Golf Club has a great reputation among golf aficionados. Just a short hop from Mui Ne, down the coast towards Phan Thiet, pros and amateurs alike can work on their swing around 18 holes, or relax in the elegant clubhouse.
Mui Ne Cooking School
Overlooking the ocean, in lush gardens, the Mui Ne Cooking School offers the chance for visitors to learn to cook real Vietnamese cuisine with expert locals. A class includes a tour of the local market to buy ingredients and a number of authentic recipes.
Delve into the taste sensations of fresh Vietnamese cuisine on this sensually-stimulating 14-day trip. You’ll learn cooking secrets from a top chef, dine on freshly-caught seafood in Mui Ne, sample local favorites from fresh markets, and dine at some of Saigon’s top restaurants, while staying in Vietnam’s best hotels.
At the tip of the curve of Phan Thiet bay, the Princess d'Annam Resort & Spa in Ke Ga is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. With views out to the ocean, overlooking a 100-year-old French Lighthouse, this exclusive villa-only resort combines post-colonial elegance with luxury, boutique chic. Surrounded by natural beauty, the resort is the perfect base from which to enjoy the ocean, mountains and swathes of rippling sand dunes, not to mention world-class golf courses. Meanwhile, within, guests can relax in sumptuous tranquility. The villas infuse French elegance with oriental flair, many boasting their own private pool and all are fitted with high-spec amenities. Guests can dine and drink in style with a choice of indoor and outdoor restaurants, not to mention the lounge bar with its stunning sunset views. Active visitors will enjoy the wide range of activities and fully-equipped fitness center, while those looking for a little relaxation will be delighted by the range of treatments available in the spa.
Anantara Mui Ne
Set in the perfect location, right on the beach in charming Mui Ne, the Anantara is in close proximity to local activities, while being perfectly secluded and relaxing. Guests can visit the nearby attractions of Mui Ne’s pleasant fishing village, fish sauce factory, ancient Cham towers, or spend an exciting day on the beach with a range of watersports available. With 89 rooms, suites and pool villas, the Anantara has accommodation configurations for all and the bright, light and spacious rooms will be a welcome retreat after an action packed day. Food-lovers will be delighted by the range of options, from delicious French-inspired dishes served in elegant surroundings, to seafood on the beach and cocktails by the pool. Meanwhile, the leisure facilities are top-notch, with a spacious beachfront swimming pool, tour guides available on request for excursions and an endless menu of indulgent treatments in the spa.