When we arrived in Mui Ne the spectacular beach was hidden by night. The guidebooks had prepared us for the fact this was a beach resort town, but I wasn’t expecting the sprawling resorts we saw as we entered the town. We quickly noticed it wasn’t really a town at all, it was one long road along the ocean with Phan Thiet on one end and a village on another. It was clear that most of the resorts were well beyond our budget so we hiked towards the backpacker part of town. Along the way we saw people from our bus boarding motorcycle taxis and shortly thereafter we did the same. It ended up being a long way up the road to cheap accommodations.
The motorcycle taxis we were on didn’t seem to believe that we wanted to spend less than $10 a night. They took us to several places that were $15-20 a night, before I crossed the street and found a nice hotel for $10.
In the morning, while we ate breakfast, we were offered several tours before deciding to rent a motorcycle (see the review) and self-guide the tour. The tours were about $10 per person for the day, but the motorcycle was only $6. Since the city was one road along the beach we figured we could make it to the major tourist destinations.
After the sand dunes we headed to Phan Thiet where we saw the fishing boats coming in and our first motorcycle breakdown.
On the way back to Mui Ne we stopped by the Champ Towers ruins, a great example of the very old ruins throughout SE Asia.
Overall, Mui Ne offered more than we expected, but it really is just a quiet beach town which isn’t our style. For people that want to relax in a resort, go kiteboarding, or suntan, this may be a great destination for you.