Mui Ne Day Trip Itinerary and Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh can be a bit draining (specially for long term traveler), One quick getaway from the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh city is the costal town of Mui Ne. Located at the southern part of central Vietnam, Mui Ne offers beautiful landscapes, cultural experiences and some opportunity to bask under the Sun on the beach.

 

How To Get To Mui Ne

Mui Ne can be reached over land via an over night bus. About three to four hours away from the former capital, one can reach Mui Ne via over night sleeper buses. The buses are pretty comfy that I managed to sleep for a couple of hours until we arrived at our stop. The temperature is freezing so make sure to bring your jacket. Make sure to tell the conductor where or what your hotel is (if you have any) so they can drop you off there.

If you opt to take the same bus we did, you can check out their bus schedule for Mui Ne on the photo below.

Where To Stay In Mui Ne

You can definitely not check in while in Mui Ne if you’ll be strictly on a day trip. Since the over night buses arrives early in the morning you can just stay in one of the cafes in the city (like my friend did on her trip). But if you prefer to have a place ready where you can relax anytime you can get a room at any of the many hostels around the town.

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What To Do In Mui Ne

  • Red White Sand DunesThe sand dunes are just basically sand dunes near the ocean in Mui Ne where you can do various activities such as driving quads or sand buggies,  sliding down the hills or even try out sand boarding. There are two sand dunes formations in Mui Ne. The white sand dunes is where it is best to watch the sunrise while the red sand dunes becomes more beautiful as the sun casts a warm tone to the sands as it sets. I personally opted not to engage in any activity on the red sand dunes during our trip. It was almost mid-day when we arrive and it was sweltering hot. However, if you are doing a sunset tour, I think it would be awesome to take photos at the red sand dunes.
  • Fishing VillageIt was nice to check out the fishing village. If you are an Asian, there’s really nothing special at the village except for the basin like boats they use to transfer their catch to the shore. If you are a bit eeky when it comes to fishy smell, you might want to skip this one or just check the view from the road. It smells really fishy.
  • Fairy StreamThe fairy stream is a small creek  of a fresh water spring. What’s interesting here is the landscape of red and white sand that constantly changes due to erosion. It’s also nice to walk bare footed on the soft sand with refreshing waters flowing through.


  • Beach Bumming 

    Mui Ne is blessed with a beautiful coast line. It is also a great place do kite surfing as it has the best winds during season in Vietnam.

Pro Tips

Check for group tours for most of the destinations. We were able to sign up for a half day group tour from our hostel for just $3.5 per person. The tour took us to the red and white sand dunes, fairy stream and fishing village. There was no tour guide just a bus driver taking us from one site to another. It was a nice air conditioned bus so it wasn’t so hot during the day. The driver also gave more than enough time for everyone to enjoy the destinations.

Not feeling like a people person for a the day? You can also rent motorbikes that will drive you around these spots. No need to worry if you don’t know how to drive. These motorbikes comes with their drivers.

Itinerary

Day 0
11:30 PM Depart for Mui Ne (via Futa Bus)

Day 1
04:30 AM Arrive at Mui Ne // Leave bags at reception
05:15 AM Tour Departs
11:00 AM Return to hostel // Check-in and rest
12:00 PM Eat Lunch // Coffee
13:00 PM Return to hostel freshen up and sleep.
18:00 PM Eat Dinner
20:00 PM Walk around Mui Ne Highway // Buy milk shake
21:30 PM Go to hostel pack things

Day 2
00:00 AM Wait for bus at the highway
05:00 AM Arrive in Ho Chi Minh

Expenses

Round Trip Bus Tickets – 160k VND
Hostel – 66k VND
Tour – 80k VND
Food (whole day)- 182k VND

Notes:

  • There are bus trips earlier than 11pm so if you don’t have a hostel to stay it would be best to take an earlier bus.
  • The bus arrived earlier than expected (4am instead of 6) so we had to wait for the check-in time at the hostel pool area.

Honestly, Mui Ne can be just a quick half day trip for me. Being someone from a tropical country full of beautiful beaches, lazying by the beach was last on my list for this trip.  I heard there are good places to eat as well, but I think Saigon is a better place to experience authentic Vietnamese food. So there, if you want to see the dunes go ahead I’d say it still is worth the trip. We definitely enjoyed our time in Mui Ne it’s just that we didn’t find much to do after the tour. If you find more activities to do in Mui Ne please let us know, we’ll try to give Mui Ne another shot!

Bangkok Hostel: Zee Thai Hostel

We were on a 12 day backpacking trip of the Indochina region of Southeast Asia and a few of my friends went ahead to Thailand. They didn’t have the luxury of time. They were booked at the same hostel where the rest of us will be staying. But when they got to the hostel, they were quite disappointed with the accommodation. I got into panic mode and re-booked our group to a different hostel.

wanting to stay near Khaosan road, to be just a stone throw away from the main attractions of the old city so we can just wander around saving us money. Though there are hundreds of hostels in and around Khaosan, I had a budget to work around and a level of comfort to provide for my friends -they aren’t really thrifty-stingy-backpackers like me.

I scoured through the pages of online booking sites like Booking.com and Agoda. I sorted out options and trying out different types of accommodation just to keep the group together in one room. I kinda gave up and chose Zee Thai Hostel. According to the map, the hostel is almost 1k from the Khaosan area, it felt a bit too far.

LOCATION

I thought that it far from the action in Khaosan road. I was wrong. Though the map tells me that it was almost a kilometer away, but the actual walk from the hostel didn’t feel like it.  It was a leisurely 3-5 minute walk along the alleys of boutique hostels. Turns out that being tucked away from the noise of Khaosan became an advantage.

The location also allowed us to hail taxis and tuktuks without worrying abut competing with other tourists. Every night there are also a lot of pop-up shops that sets up their stores in front of the hostel so food isn’t gonna be an issue if you’re lazy to go to Rambuttri alley. During day time there are barbecue shops around the area where we eat to our hearts content! price starts at 10-20 bhat a piece for grilled chicken.

 

ROOMS

My friends definitely love the rooms. Each dorm bed had curtains that provides some privacy when you sleep.  Each room has its own split type climate control, this was awesome for us since we rented the entire dorm room. They left the controls to us so we were able to adjust the temperature to a comfortable level. However if you are staying with other solo travelers, you can still request the front desk to adjust it for you.

 

AMENITIES

Our stay in Zee Thai Hostel was really comfortable. We would just hang out at the common area and watch cable TV or movies online on their massive smart TV during our free time. Other travelers take advantage of the free use the computer while some just play with the instruments around or read a book that is readily available from the shelves.

 

One thing though that really convinced me that Zee Thai Hostel is one of, if not the best hostel near Khaosan; The washer! It was our group’s last day together -them going back to Manila and me staying behind for business. I had to decide whether I’d extend in Zee Thai Hostel or move on to a cheaper one. Then while hanging out on their roof deck a poster caught my attention. It said yes its free to use! Along with photos of hotel amenities including the clothes washer!  Having clothes washed  will cost you about  $1-2 per kilo and if you have jackets and pants that would cost a lot! So I thought that instead of having my clothes done for me I’d rather stick to this nice hostel and wash my own clothes. I actually saved money by not moving to a cheaper hostel!

For digital nomads, the hostel’s  internet connection is just awesome. We can download an entire album in just minutes on our phones! I was also able to upload photos from a recent wedding I covered in less than 15 minutes!

PRICE

The Zee Thai Hostel offers different price ranges depending on what season, month and how long you will be staying. They offer good discount during lean season and extra discounts for people who will be staying long term in the hostel. We were able to secure our beds for about $8 a night. Being the one who booked for the group, I initially felt that it was a bit pricey.  That notion though changed when we got to the hostel, The interior was so refreshing and the staff was just so warm in welcoming us.

THE VERDICT

I’d say that the Zee Thai hostel is a great choice if you want to stay near Khaosan and still want to have some peace and quite when you retire for the day. There can be other options that way cheaper than the Zee Thai Hostel  if you are trying to slow down your spending – I use to stay in a $2 hostel. However, if you spending a few more dollars is not an issue, or if you are staying for a few days and you want to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank Zee Thai Hostel can be the best choice for you.

Backpackers hanging out at the roof deck.

Zee Thai Hostel
Address: 258/1, บ้านพานถม, พระนคร, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
(258/1 Wisut Kasat Road Pranakorn 10200 Bangkok, Thailand)
Phone: +66 97 201 6317