Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam – A Complete Guide

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Have you ever been to a desert by the sea? If your answer is no, then you haven’t been to the Mui Ne Sand Dunes!

This little coastal town draws in travelers from around the world to experience an unforgettable sunrise over the Saharaesque landscape.

I have put together this complete guide to Mui Ne Sand Dunes including how to get there and what to expect!

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WHERE ARE THE MUI NE SAND DUNES?

Mui Ne is located on the southeast coast of Vietnam. From Ho Chi Minh city, you can take a bus directly to Mui Ne and the journey takes approximately 4.5 hours.

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Alternatively, you can book a bus to Mui Ne via the reception at your accommodation. Tip: You will have to book a bus to Mui Ne the day before you plan to travel.

The white sand dunes of Mui Ne are approximately a 20-minute drive from the center of town.

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WHERE TO BOOK A MUI NE SAND DUNES TOUR

The best place to book a Mui Ne Sand Dunes tour is online in advance on the Viator website. I personally recommend the Mui Ne Sand Dunes Sunrise or Sunset Jeep Tour.

The tour includes an English-speaking guide, pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, and a sunrise or sunset Jeep adventure to the white sand dunes of Mui Ne.

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Although I visited the sand dunes in July, they say the best time to visit is between November and March for optimum temperatures and great beach conditions.

I recommend being prepared with some snacks and drinking water before taking the early morning Mui Ne Jeep tour as you won’t get a chance to eat until after the sunrise adventure.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

After a 20-minute drive in the safari Jeep, you will arrive at the white sand dunes of Mui Ne just in time for an unforgettable sunrise over the dunes.

As Mui Ne is most famous for these oceanic wind-sculpted dunes, it is unfortunately flooded with tourists. But please don’t be put off by this as there are more than enough dunes to wander around on.

We veered off the beaten path a little and managed to find an epic spot all to ourselves while everyone else crowded around on one of the higher Mui Ne dune peaks for sunrise.

After the sunrise, it is time for the ultimate 4WD sand dunes bash in the safari Jeep up, over, and around the epic white sand dunes of Mui Ne. This was the most exhilarating experience and the highlight of the tour!

If you want to take it to the extreme on your adventure at the Mu Nie sand dunes, there is the option to rent an ATV to thrash around in the desert dunes.

Additional cost for ATV:

  • Drive by yourself – 20-minutes = 600,000 Dong, or 30-minutes = 850,000 Dong
  • Drive with operator – 45-minutes = 200,000 Dong

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MUI NE RED SAND DUNES

The Jeep adventure continues to the Mui Ne red sand dunes, approximately a 15-minute drive back towards the main town. The red sand dunes are not as impressive as the white sand dunes but it is still worth a visit.

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You can also rent a plastic sled for 20,000 Dong to surf the dunes from top to bottom!

The Mui Ne red sand dunes are packed with mobile vendors offering cold ice creams, traditional Pho (noodle soup), and refreshing drinks.

Also, be prepared to be approached by the friendly locals who will more than likely want to take a selfie or ten with you!

 

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WHERE TO STAY IN MUI NE

Mui Ne has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Anantara Mui Ne Resort

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Mid Range: Four Oceans Resort

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Budget: Xin Chao Hotel

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WHAT TO PACK FOR VIETNAM

When visiting Vietnam, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Vietnamese sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

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TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or it’s your first trip overseas, here are some useful travel resources to help you kick-start your next adventure!

  • BOOKING.COM – search and book accommodation worldwide
  • SKYSCANNER – compare and book cheap flights to anywhere
  • VIATOR – find tickets, tours, and experiences around the world
  • BOOKAWAY – book buses, trains, and transfers online in advance
  • RENTAL CARS – search all rental cars in your next destination
  • GROUP TRIPS – join one of my epic small group trips
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE – purchase World Nomads travel insurance
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Looking for more? Check out my Travel Resources page for further help with your trip planning!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

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