Best of Mui Ne for $3.50

Best of Mui Ne for $3.50

It was November and the heat in Mui Ne… unbearable, way more humid than Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)! But I’d still highly recommend a visit to Mui Ne for the following reasons…

1. Cheap accommodation 
A bed from just $3 (USD) per night in a dorm room.
Check out Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel – the Backpackers’ section of the hotel just opened (around 9 Nov 2017), so brand new facilities! It is a party hostel though, filled mostly with drunk foreigners, so be prepared if you’re not the partying type! Also, the air con only operates from 5pm and throughout the night til about 9am.

2. Close to Saigon 
It’s only about 4 hours away from Saigon and you can get to Mui Ne via a comfy sleeper bus (with air con and free wifi). If you’re booking from Ho Chi Minh City, try Sky Travel on Pham Ngu Lao street in District 1 for Open Tour bus tickets (a ticket that can be purchased for multiple stops, typically valid for one month). I found Sky Travel to be the cheapest and the only one that offered me an information booklet with set prices. For the most common route, heading up North, prices are as below:

  • Saigon > Mui Ne: 130,000 dong
  • Saigon > Mui Ne > Da Lat: 245,000 dong
  • Saigon > Mui Ne > Da Lat > Nha Trang: 365,000 dong
  • Saigon > Mui Ne > Da Lat > Nha Trang > Hoi An: 595,000 dong
  • Saigon > Mui Ne > Da Lat > Nha Trang > Hoi An > Da Nang / Hue: 695,000 dong
  • Saigon > Mui Ne > Da Lat > Nha Trang > Hoi An > Da Nang / Hue > Ha Noi: 985,000 dong

3. Cheap food and drinks
Food is a little cheaper than in Saigon, a meal (one main and one drink) can cost as little as 40,000 dong (USD$1.70). Nguyen Dinh Chieu street has some of the cheapest (Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel is located on this street)

4. Cheap tour of the best sights in Mui Ne
Saving the best for last, a tour of the best sights in Mui Ne for just 80,000 dong (USD3.50)! A few things to note:

  • I booked this tour through the hostel I was staying at (Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel) but I’m sure you can book this tour elsewhere.
  • The tour covers 4 sights – White Sand Dunes, Red Sand Dunes, Mui Ne Fishing Village and the Fairy Stream.
  • 2 tours run daily, the sunrise tour and the sunset tour. I went on the sunrise tour, getting up at 3.30am for a 4.00am meetup! The tour takes about 5 hours and the time you get to spend at each stop varies from 20 minutes to an hour.
  • The price of the tour does not include the ATV ride at the White Sand Dunes, but that’s optional (though recommended as it’d be a killer to walk it up and you may not have time). It costs 400,000 dong for a ride up and down the top of a sand dune and 600,000 dong for that plus 20 minutes drive amid the dunes. I believe that can be split between 2 people if you’re on just the one ATV. Please correct me if I’m wrong! There’s also the option of going up and down via a Jeep.

Tourists enjoying one of the two pools at Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel

View from Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel

White Sand Dunes – within 5 minutes of getting to the top, we were joined by other tour groups

White Sand Dunes – sunrise at about 5.40am

White Sand Dunes

White Sand Dunes

White Sand Dunes – on the way back down at around 5.55am

Second stop – Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes

Red Sand Dunes

Third stop – Mui Ne Fishing Village

Mui Ne Fishing Village

Final stop, Fairy Stream – you’ll be walking barefoot here, there are potholes so watch out. I came close to falling in 3 times.

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream – the super soft red dirt was so nice to walk on.

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream – in case you need a break or a snack, there are cafes along the stream

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Happy break!

– Julie


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