Phan Thiet, together with the adjacent resort town of Mũi Né, offers a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Saigon. With a long, palm-lined stretch of sand, it has steady wind conditions that make it a top destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and other water sports. Sleepy Mũi Né has its roots in fishing, and it shows in the pace of life. It’s easy to lose track of time here, riding bicycles along the coast, spending afternoons by the pool, and dining on fresh seafood with the sound of the waves in the background. An abundance of accommodation catering to every traveler can be found along its 10 km resort strip.
Second only to the beach, this pair of massive sand dunes, one red and one white, are some of Mui Ne’s most popular attractions. The red sand dunes are most accessible, however the white sand dunes, roughly 30 kilometres away, are more impressive. You will find a good number of visitors here sand-sledding down the dunes. It’s a fund activity! Also the red dunes are a highly instragrammable spot to catch the sunset.
Mui Ne’s original fishing village still remains at the northern end of the beach running all the way from Phan Thiet. The village offers a great opportunity to explore local life in this part of Vietnam and enjoy picturesque views of the coastline dotted by a swarm of brightly coloured fishing boats. Come early in the morning to watch the fishermen unload their catch from the night before.
Located just next to the village, this geological formation is actually a water fissure that’s flanked by a mix of white and red sand dunes on one side while the other is an expansive field of verdant trees, blossoming flowers, and coconut palms. You’re best advised to remove your shoes and walk along the course of the stream itself, a highly pleasurable and beautiful experience.
Mũi Né’s dependable winds, which average above 12 knots for more than 200 days of the year, create an ideal environment for this popular water-sport. Kitesurfing schools are your best bet for finding professional instructors, and the town’s main beach is the safest area for newbies and anyone still learning the ropes.