Mui Ne and Phan Thiet

Mui Ne and Phan Thiet

Mui Ne is known for being one of the best kiteboarding locations in Asia.

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.

The expansive sand dunes near Mui Ne provide you an opportunity to sled down them. It's an opportunity you don't need to take.

After the sand dunes we headed to Phan Thiet where we saw the fishing boats coming in and our first motorcycle breakdown.

Phan Thiet is a fishing town at it's heart and it is the home to an array of colorful ships.

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.

The towers of Po Sa Nu (Pho Hai) near Phan Thiết may be the oldest existing Cham buildings and are worth a visit.

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.

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» Mom A :
Jan 10, 2011

You have created gluttons for information among those of us who read daily.
Have you ever and did you kite board? Seems that would be a challenge.
Did your experience in South America lead you to pass on sledding the dunes?
Anything good to eat when the fishing boats came in?
It will be interesting to see if you find any beach towns that aren’t either quiet or more expensive resorts. In Cambodia, Sihanoukville is a very lazy beach experience. Have to go some miles to get to anything else.
AS always, love the pictures. the kite board picture is really fun!

» dad :
Jan 11, 2011

good morning….your blogs have know tipped over to an addiction level, as we find ourselves checking a couple of times a day……this traveling vicariously stuff is great fun, cheaper and less work……having schlepped a few travel bags in our day, i/we are impressed with your continued positive free wheeling spirit reality check for you or not; 7-9 seahawks won saturday and bcs game tonight…..would imagine you have left all of that world behind to us mere mortals….be safe…peace….bka

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, traveling vicariously seems like a good option considering last night’s bumpy and loud bus ride. We are getting better at packing and purchased a better day pack (a $12 North Face knock off) that has made bag schlepping much easier.

» cindy :
Jan 11, 2011

Awesome photos. Beautiful scenery. It’s certainly easier to be reading about your experiences than backpacking for weeks –but I am envious of the food and the beaches you are enjoying.

» Tashia :
Jan 13, 2011

Oh, Erica (and Matt), you are bringing me back to my trip to Vietnam just a couple years ago- we too were in Can Tho and Mui Ne. Enjoy! If you are heading to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap and are looking for a Guesthouse suggestion the Green Garden Guesthouse is aweseome (they have a nice little pool there to save you from the heat of the temples). after we stayed there my friends who were living in Phnom Penh suggested it to their friends and they always came back with rave reviews- same for some friends that were there in August.

LOCAVORista Reply:

Tashia, thanks for the comment glad it brings back good memories of Vietnam, we are loving it! Thanks for the suggestion for the Guesthouse in Cambodia, we are headed to Laos after Vietnam and then down to Cambodia, so we can put your suggestion to use soon.

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