Other activities

See

  • Po Sha Inu tower is a derelict remainder of the ancient Cham culture that was built in the 8th century.
  • Fish pauce plants, where the famous nuoc mam (fish sauce) is produced. Big jars harbour the concoction that, after months in the blazing sun, is sold all over Vietnam to add some spice to the food.
  • The famous Sand dunes (Doi Cat), on the main coastal road a short distance north of the fishing town at the north end of Mui Ne bay, about 10 km from the main resort strip. The whole region is fairly sandy, with orange sand threatening to blow onto the coastal road in some spots. The dunes that visitors visit are about two square km of open sand on a hillside with ten-meter undulations, staffed by dusty children with plastic slides, who will offer instruction and assistance if you want to slide on the sand (and be somewhat pesky and disappointed if you don’t). For their services, the children will be happy with 20,000VND, or grudgingly content with 10,000. The dunes also offer nice views of the sea coast to the north. In all, it’s worth a half-hour visit, especially if you have rented your own motorbike for the day. On the opposite side of the road are a series of small cafes, where you can park your motorbike for a small fee if you ride there on your own. Most day tours sold by local tour operators include a stop at the dunes. The trip by taxi from the main resort strip would be about 150,000VND each way, and less by xe om.
  • Mui Ne market and fishing harbour (Lang chai Mui Ne). Don’t miss out on an excursion to this quiet little village, at the north end of Mui Ne bay. The coastal road leads straight into the town (with a left turn required to continue up the coast). At the entrance to town is an overlook with a splendid view of hundreds of colorful fishing boats moored in the bay. Further along into town, just off the main road, there is a small but colorful market. If you take your transport just down to the water, you will reach the fishing harbour, where you can purchase fresh seafood (if you have any means to cook it) or purchase steamed crabs, shellfish, etc. to eat on the spot from local vendors. Walking along the beach, you’ll pass by fishermen sorting out their catch, ship-wharfs and, at the southern end of town, a section where clams have been ridded of their shells for many years, so the sand on the beach is by now substituted with littered shells.
  • The Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien) is a little river that winds its way through bamboo forests, boulders and the dunes behind the village, in parts resembling a miniature version of the Grand Canyon. You can walk up via the sandy hills overlooking the oasis-like valley and return by wading in the waters.

Do

  • Swimming. The sea is wonderfully warm, but it can be quite rough, with large waves and a strong rip tide. When the tide is in, there is not much of a beach to speak of. The area between kilometer markers 11 and 13 has the largest stretch of enduring sandy beach. Since large waves normally emerge after 11AM you might prefer to swim in the early morning hours, when the water is flat and free of Kitesufers. Most mid-range and top-end resorts have swimming pools for their guests. Some are open for day users starting at 80,000VND per day.
  • Wind and kite surfing is offered by several outfitters and hotels. Kite surfing instruction is available, starting at $70USD/hour, beginners package of 7 lessons start at $350 USD. From November till March you generally will have strong winds and clear skies every day. The Winds in Mui Ne emerge by thermical movements, after the shores got warmed by the sun. You will have perfect wind everyday from 11 a.m. on until the late evening. Gasty winds are seldom. With strong winds, the sometimes choppy waves can be as high as 4 meters and more. The water is free of rocks, which makes it relatively safe to Kite. However in the peak season there up to 300 Kiters in the water at the same time. Beginners and Students, who mainly practice close to the beach front makes things a bit more dangerous. So watch out for other Kitersufers and swimmers and control the speed, in particularly because swimmers are difficult to see when waves are high. Accidents between Kitesurfers or between Kitesurfers and Swimmers happen from time to time and medical facilities are limited in terms of their equipment and abilities.
  • Sailing was newly founded in 2010 in Mui Ne. This water sport has been gaining popularity since Mui Ne is considered one of the best places in the world to sail. Classes are available and offered by Manta Sail Training Centre[1] on 108 Huynh Thuc Khang at $50USD/hour for individuals with certified international and local instructors. This foreign-owned centre is the only sailing school in Vietnam. The sailing area is safe, quiet, with no swimmers and a few advanced kitesufers. So far there have been no accidents in sailing.

Flyer 2014-MANTA Sail Training Centre-English
There are several Kite Surfing Schools along the beach, which all employ Beach Boys who will help you to start and launch the kite. It is widely common to tip the Beach Boys with 1 USD/Day. If you bring your own equipment and don´t want to carry it from and to your hotel every day, you can store it at one of the Kitesurfing Schools for $20 USD/week or $60 USD/month, including usage of their compressors and shower facilities.

If you are a beginner but already can practice independent without an instructor, you might avoid the area around Sunshine Beach Hotel/Sakara/Wax, because their are too many Kite Surfers and swimmers which may lead to accidents, particularly if you can not fully control the kite. Try the western part of beach front around the Kitesurfing School Windchimes. Here Kiters are not the much and you can practice without bringing you and others into danger.

  • Water sports. Wind and kite surfing are the most popular sports, but most outfitters also offer a host of other water sports including kayaking, paddle surfing, and jet ski rental.
  • Day tours. Travel agents and restaurants abound with day tour offerings. The standard half day tour ($10-13 USD) takes in the fishing village, fairy stream, and the red and while sand dunes. Tours normally start at either 5:00AM or 2:30PM so you can watch the sunrise/sunset over the sand dunes.
  • Tropical mini golf, opposite Coco Beach.

Massages:

  • On the beach at Coco Beach.
  • Hien, at Tien Dat Spa for healing massages.
  • Dream Spa, opposite Joes, for lowest price.
  • Tigon Travel & Spa, 239D & 05 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Mui Ne, (0626) 281939 – (0982) 944174. 9AM-10PM. Opened in 2008, Tigon has expanded to two locations. Services offered include head and facial treatments, full body massage including hot stone, alovera, and coconut, waxing, manicures and pedicures. $5-20.

Buy

Along the Mui Ne strip are several small nameless shops; all selling the same sundries and souvenirs. You can find packaged snacks (Oreos, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, etc), liquor, clothing, and souvenirs.

Anything beyond very basic neccessities should be brought with you. There is a small pharmacy, but it would be wise to bring your own first aid kit.

Standard souvenirs offered include wooden and laquered bowls, wooden statues, snake whiskey, and pearl necklaces. Compared with Ho Chi Minh City, souvenirs are almost five times more expensive in Mui Ne. The same small wooden bowl selling for $3USD in HCMC is priced at $14USD in Mui Ne.

Several travel agencies along the strip also double as used book stores. Most have a few shelves of English books, along with a small selection in German and French. Books cost 80,000 – 100,000VND and most shops will cut the cost in half if you trade in a book.

  • Coop Mart, Phan Thiet (corner of Nguyen Tat Thanh and Tran Hung Dao), 3.835.440 – 3.835.455. 8:00AM – 9:30PM. A large, Western-style grocery store that also sells books, jewelry, and necessities. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Mui Ne, you may have better luck here.
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