After 5 hours of bus travel, we finally arrived in Mũi Né.
Mũi Né is a small coastal town in Bình Thuận Province, south of Vietnam, along the South China Sea. It’s a top destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing and other water sports as it has mostly steady wind conditions.
While planning for our tri-country trip, I had doubts about including Mũi Né on our itinerary as we only had several days to explore Ho Chi Minh. But we all have our priorities and our group agreed to one thing – to include Mũi Né in our itinerary.
It was a challenge because I can only find a few guides about visiting Mũi Né on a day trip. Most would suggest getting a planned tour but I don’t really want our time to be controlled so I had to find other ways. Other travel guides would suggest staying in Mũi Né for a night but that it’s just not possible with our plans.
Getting to Mũi Né
“How do I get to Mũi Né?” That’s the question that really had me researching the most. And to answer this, I’d give you three options:
Traveling to Mũi Né takes about 4-5 hours depending on the driver’s skills and traffic conditions.
#1 By Car
This could be the easiest yet the most expensive option. Chartering a private car to and from Mũi Né would cost you around 4,000-15,000 PHP, that’s approximately 80 USD – 300 USD.
You can also opt for something cheaper. You can avail Klook’s limousine service to and from Mũi Né. The catch, service frequency is limited. It makes 1 roundtrip per day. The first trip leaves in the morning to Mũi Né. And the second and last trip leaves Mũi Né to Saigon (HCM) after the first trip arrives. So a day trip would be impossible if you plan to avail of this service.
#2 By Bus or Sleeper Bus
Although we wanted to get a private car to and from Mũi Né it would cost us so much. We still had several days to go on our trip, we didn’t want to spend most of our money on transportation. So we compromised. Since we wanted to catch the sunrise in Mũi Né’s famous sand dunes, we decided to book the sleeper bus.
If you’ve done your partial researching, you should know by now that there are two major bus/travel companies offering transport services to and from Mũi Né – Sinh Tourist and TamHanh Travel, formerly Sinh Cafe and Hanh Cafe.
To save you some research time, there are just too many negative reviews on the latter that I opted to book with the former.
Here’s the bus schedule for Sinh Tourist:
You can book your tickets through their website or just go directly at their office located at 246 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. They’re open Mondays through Sundays from 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM, including holidays.
A bus ride would cost $6 with a travel time of around five hours.
#3 By Train
The last option would be to hop on a train.
If you want to try out Saigon’s rail transportation, you can hop on a train from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet, the closest railway station to Mũi Né. After arriving in Phan Thiet, you can continue your journey by local bus or taxi for an hour. Total travel time would be 4-5 hours and would cost you about $7.5, excluding the bus fare or taxi fees.
Like the chartered services, trains to and from Pan Thiet are also limited. If I’m not mistaken they only do two trips in a day, one in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
PLAN YOUR TRIP WISELY.
Catching the Sunrise
We arrived earlier than scheduled as we were bumped to an earlier departure. We left Ho Chi Minh at around 9:30 in the evening and arrive in Mũi Né at two in the morning. We were dropped off at Mũi Né Resort. They have a lobby where you can stay or kill time and bathrooms you can use to freshen up.
You can arrange your transport service or tours in Mũi Né with Sinh Tourist too but if you’re up for some adventure, you can ask the locals or your resort/hotel staff to get you a ride around Mũi Né. Just note that locals in Mũi Né have very little to none English skills. Bargaining and negotiating with them might give you a headache. A simple conversation could be a real challenge. So if you plan to just wing your visit, make sure to agree on the price FIRST THING. Vietnamese are very strong-willed if you know what I mean.
If you booked tours in Mũi Né, it would cost you around 300 PHP to 800 PHP ($6 – $16) depending on the tour inclusions. It usually includes these:
- White Sand Dunes
- Red Sand Dunes
- Fishing Village
- Fairy Stream
Other Things to Do in Mũi Né
- Ride an ATV/Jeep Across the White Sand Dunes
- Slide Down the Red Sand Dunes
- Go Kite Surfing or Wind Surfing
- Wander Through the Fairy Stream
- Beach Hopping
- Visit the Fishing Village
- Watch the Sunrise and Sunset
Our Mũi Né experience was one for the books! It was an eyeopener and a great travel challenge for all of us.
I hope this will help you plan your visit to Mũi Né. If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to reach out to me.