Get Swept Away by the Winds of Mui Ne
Be Swept Away by the Winds of Mui Ne
Many of my international friends ask me why I live in Mui Ne, and why visitors should choose to stay here. What they don’t understand is that there isn’t just one reason – so much depends on the interests of the traveller. Naturally, this area is very famous as a kite surfing destination due to its consistent afternoon winds throughout the dry season. Every water sports fan is in luck, because there’s a wide range of other activities to enjoy, like sailing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. For those not interested in watersports, worry not! Mui Ne has plenty more to offer, making it appealing to nearly everyone.
Although I’m not a kite surfer, I love the cool breeze in the afternoon that makes the tropical heat here a pleasure. Whether you are swimming, relaxing poolside, out for a day of shopping, or exploring the sand dunes and ancient Cham temples, the weather in Phan Thiet is exceptional. Travellers are never overwhelmed by any overbearing heat, and often find themselves pleasantly surprised by the moderate climate.
Photo by: Dion Hinchcliffe
Visitors are also impressed with the diversity of Mui Ne, and find no shortage of engaging activities in the region. Each area of Phan Thiet has their own distinguishing marks, and some of the most well-known beaches of Mui Ne, like Ke Ga and Tien Thanh, are tranquil and harmonious, making it easy to relax. Considering the lack of traffic near these beaches, walking or taking a motorbike along the coast is a great way to explore the natural beauty at your own pace.
Plus, Phan Thiet is a hidden gem. Compared to many of Vietnam’s other coastal hot spots, this one is not as populated with tourists. Although this region’s status is growing it’s becoming more of a destination, it’s still very easy to find yourself in the heart of real, local Vietnamese culture.
Phu Hai Ward is a hilly area along the coastline containing loads of pocketed small beaches and secret coves. An area called Sea Links City of Phu Hai ward also has a winery, golfing and an abundance of housing and resort options. Phu Hai is also home to the eighth-century Thap Poshanu Cham Tower, which is well worth a stop.
Rang Beach contains the 10-kilometre tourist strip loaded with hotels, bars, shopping, spas and exceptional restaurants. Everything you need can be found in this area, and it’s by far the most vibrant part of Mui Ne. It has a thriving nightlife, and an unmatched party atmosphere in the region. This is definitely a spot to check out when you take your trip to Mui Ne.
Perhaps the greatest pull of Phan Thiet, however, are its famous red and white sand dunes, which can be found in many locations around the city. Due to the windy climate, nature has used one of its finest tools to sculpt some of the world’s most enormous dunes, offering visitors a chance to watch the sunset over the water and lounge in the wondrous mountains of sand. Trips to the top of the dunes can be an exhausting hike, so be sure to have a look at the many options available. You can easily rent a quad or jeep to make your way up these sizable wonders.
Head Photo by: Tri Nguyen