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Phan Thiet is the largest city in Binh Thuan province, 200km from Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) on the coast in South Central Vietnam, facing the East Sea. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, including the Bai Rang or Rang Beach, but is best known for its fresh seafood, fish sauce and nearby sightseeing like Hon Rom, Bau Trang, Fairy Stream, Fishing Village...
Mui Ne is the most popular beach destination for Vietnamese and expats living in HCMC and nearby cities, number of tourists are increasing rapidly. Along a 22km stretch of white sands from Phan Thiet to a fishing village at the tip of the Mui Ne peninsula, Mui Ne offers a wide selection of resorts, many with thatched-roof bungalows (from luxury to basic) right along the beach.
From local restaurants with great fresh cheap seafood to a growing number of restaurants and bars catering to tourists, options exist that make it worth venturing beyond your resort, although Mui Ne is still much quieter than the more developed beach destination of Nha Trang.
Besides relaxing on the beach, popular activities include golf at the Ocean Dunes Golf Club, a top-notch 18-hole golf course designed by Nick Faldo or a visit to the spectacular sand dunes of Hon Rom or to the nearby Poshanu tower built in the 8th century by Cham people.
Mui Ne has also become a popular destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing, with the best wind from November to April, and is also one of the few destinations in Vietnam for surfing, with waves from August to December.
Most of the hotels and resorts in Mui Ne can arrange private car transport for you from HCMC or Nha Trang, but it is generally cheaper to book the car separately.
If you are taking the open tour bus to or from Phan Thiet or Mui Ne, be sure to reconfirm your seat for the return leg, as advised on your ticket. The bus gets crowded on weekends and if you do not reconfirm, they may give away your seat!