The last thing you'd expect to find in a country with tropical rainforests is sand dunes, but Vietnam is a bag of surprises. Mui Ne houses two kinds of Sahara-like sand dunes - red dunes and white dunes. The White Dunes are the larger dunes and are best visited in the mornings and evenings. The Red Dunes offer a better location for photography and sand sledding. Whether you jump, slide or simply run through the dunes, it is exceptionally difficult to not let their beauty overwhelm you. Mui Ne is Vietnam's the most western style resort beach. The city itself is typical Vietnamese fishing community sporting a fleet of beautiful fishing boats but little to see or do in town. The beach beside it, however, spreads in glitzy contrast. Expensive western resorts and hotels line the beachside while cheaper guesthouses can be found across the road or closer to town. A variety of water activities are available including surfing, kite surfing, jet-skis, and sailing. Beach and roadside bars hop with cheap drinks and electro music late into the night. Jibe's is a popular hangout among the young and tireless. Close to town are red coloured sand dunes but the farther away and much larger white sand dunes are worth the extra half-hour trip.
This southern Vietnamese beach town has a lot more to offer than its pretty 12km long coastline. The wind swept dunes can be explored on foot or by a 4-wheeler (rented on site). Fairy Stream also deserves an honorable mention. This 1-hour nature trek through the stream’s vibrant orange clay bed is a sure-fire way to get in touch with the natural world. The contrast of the bright blue sky, orange rocks, and emerald-green shrubbery is picture perfect.
Sunrise And Sunset At Mui Ne: The little village of Mui Ne is definitely magical at two moments of the day: in the early morning (sunrise) and at the late afternoon (sunset). Dozens of brightly colored boats adorn turquoise waters. Things seem to be sunk in a luminescent light, which is highly recommended to enjoy. In fact, this maybe one of the most favorite things to do in Phan Thiet – Mui Ne experienced tourists reported.
Fairy Stream: Kick off your shoes and walk through the crystal clear, ankle deep water of the Fairy Stream. It may seem like a tourist trap but this is one of the best Mui Ne attractions. It is actually quite quiet so you can enjoy taking in the scenery of the limestone formations around you. The colours mixed together of brown, red and yellow make for Instagram-worthy pictures and there is a small waterfall at the very end.
Kite Surfing or Wind Surfing: When it comes to Mui Ne activities kite surfing or wind surfing are on the top of the list. Get adventurous and give either a go as both are widely popular in Mui Ne as it is one of the top spots in Asia to practice the sports. What makes Mui Ne special for many tourists is its consistently strong winds, making it ideal for kite –surfing. kiteboard capital of Vietnam, if not of Southeast Asia, Mui Ne is a veritable Mecca for those people who are water-sport lovers. Seemingly, there are hundreds of beginners and pros clamor for space offshore, diving and dipping, twisting and turning in the surf. The area is usually referred to by the water sport industry as “Mui Ne Bay”; despite the bay is more precisely the “Bay of Phan Thiet”. Windsurfing is considered as one of the most popular water sports in Vietnam. There are a large number of fans of this sport, both locals and tourists who are looking for some rejuvenating options for recreation in Vietnam.
Red Sand Dunes: Guaranteed you will be offered a plastic sled upon your arrival at the red sand dunes by women and children. If you’re seeking a bit of adrenaline it will be a fun ride down the slopes of sand. Or you can choose to stroll through the sand and see the beautiful views.
White Sand Dunes: Now, it’s no surprise that you’ll be visiting the White Sand Dunes (Bau Trang) since it’s the main attraction for many tourists visiting Mui Ne but to magnify that experience, climb on board an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and start biking across the White Sand Dunes instead.
Fishing Village: At the north end of Mui Ne bay you’ll find stunning views over the bay that is filled with colourful fishing boats. It really is a beautiful place to stop even if it is just for a quick picture. But it’s also a good place to catch sunset and sunrise.
Mui Ne Lotus Lake: Situated around 62 Km from Phan Thiet city, and around 30 Km from the Mui Ne Beach, the Lotus Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the region and is covered with pink lotuses for most portion of the water. The reason behind its popularity is the presence of white sand dunes just adjacent to the lake, making it another marvel of nature.
Tien Thanh Beach: Tien Thanh (Tiến Thành) Beach, outside of the city, was normally not on most official tours. Maybe, it was because this beach is hard to reach till recently. Nevertheless, nowadays, there is a new road along the beach made it easily accessible. It now appears on a few lists of attraction in Phan Thiet – Mui Ne. There are a number of isolated beaches which are ideal for an impromptu picnic if you love such kind of thing. One of the most favorite secluded beaches recommended to visit is Hon Rom (Hòn Rơm) Beach, which could be reached by simply driving past the Red Sand Dunes towards the White ones.
Po Shanu Cham Towers: Po Shanu Cham towers are similar to Thap Po Nagar in Nha Trang. The Cham Kingdom extended over coastal Vietnam hundreds of years ago, and these beautiful towers have been around since the 9th century, at a time when the Cham flourished. The towers are located on Ong Hoang Hill, so you will get beautiful views of Phan Thiet and the coastline from up there.
Seafood: While there are many international restaurants serving kebabs, curries, quesadillas, burgers and pizzas, you should forego those cravings and try some local seaside restaurants for authentic Vietnamese seafood dishes. You will come across many lined up on the beach strip, from small shacks with a few chairs laid out, to mom-and-pop shops serving a small, yet delicious menu, as well as more upscale, larger restaurants with a diverse offering. No matter what you choose, know that your ingredients are fresh and your palate is in for a wild ride.
Fish Salad: Fresh fish with juice and marinade with ginger, galingale, minced garlic, lemon is a favorable food for locals. The fish named Cá Mai is main ingredient for that dish. The recipe is simple and ingredients are easy to prepare. Fresh fish is cut into flat pieces and put neatly on a dish with some red hot pepper and roasted peanuts on top. Fish salad is served with noodles, herbs, vegetable, rice paper and dipping sauce made from fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, chopped garlic and chili. Fish salad with its unique taste and ingredients is crazy good. When you are in Mui Ne, don't miss the chance to try fish salad.
Thick Noodle Soup: Thick noodle soup is a popular food around central and southern areas of Vietnam. Thick noodle soup here is a perfect combination of thick rice handmade vermicelli and delicious pork - based broth. The broth is made from simmered pig’s bones and minced pork. the local people have thick noodle soup for their breakfast treat.
Rice Pancake : This cake has a beautiful saffron color because the dough of it is made of rice flour together with egg yolk and saffron juice. This dish looks like pancake at first sight; the dough is pour into a small hot pan then they add some shrimps, fat pork and soya sprouts on top and when the cake is well cooked they fold it in half of circle. Khoai cake is served with the herbs, other vegetable and a bowl of fish sauce.
Round Rice Pancake: Banh can is a specialty of Phan Thiet, Mui Ne. Banh can is made of puree rice with the filling of spring onion. The special point of this dish is it is cooked in small earthenware pots without oil. When the cake well cooked it will inflate and crisp. Banh can is served with fish sauce with cracklings on top.
Phan Thiet sweet Potato Cake: Banh re is a kind of snack that every kid love to eat. It is made from sweet potato. After washing and rejecting the cover of sweet potato, the locals shave sweet potato into fibers and fried it till it is well done with good smell. Next, they dip fried sweet potato into caramel for a while then put it on a tray to dry out. People come to Mui Ne usually buy banh re as a gift when returning home.
Lau Tha (Seafood hot pot): Seafood hot pot is always listed as a must for all foodies coming to Mui ne. Firstly, you pick the fresh fish then process them extremely carefully and dip fresh fish into lime juice to get rid of fishy smell. Come along with fresh fish is boiled pork and fried egg that are cut into fibers. You will eat this dish with roasted rice paper, broth and raw vegetable. The important thing is the dipping sauce; it must be made of pure anchovy fish sauce of Phan Thiet.
Kem bo: Da Lat is usually cold in the evenings, people like to eat avocado or fruit ice cream around this time. The fatty flavor of the ice cream combined with the taste of avocado, the famous fruit of this mountainous city, turns this simple snack into an amazing dish.
Rice Paper And Shrimp Pate: Rice paper dip in shrimp pate is a familiar food of the locals. Shrimp pate is mixed with chopped garlic and red hot pepper. To enhance the taste, you can add a little lemon juice on the mixture. People cover rice paper and boiled quail eggs then eat the fried fertimented paper withshrimp pate and spices. This is a very simple but tasty dish for tourists those who want to try out the street food in Mui Ne.
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