Should You Hassle Visiting The Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam?

Should You Hassle Visiting The Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam?

Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a spot for a spectacular trip right into a marvel of nature? Or are they just a tacky vacationer trap? Read on to find the professionals and cons of visiting the sand dunes in Mui Ne.


Mui Ne, Vietnam used to be a quiet fishing village about 200 km east of Saigon. Now it is a bustling beach resort, which attracts Vietnamese weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City, Russian, Korean, and Chinese vacationer, and some backpackers on the Vietnam Open Bus Tour trail.

The other massive tourist exercise in Mui Ne is a Mui Ne sand dunes tour.

There are sets of Mui Ne dunes: the white sand dunes and the red sand dunes. You may most likely guess what colour each of them is!

The white sand dunes Mui Ne are a vast expanse of white sand, sculpted into rolling dunes by the ever-altering winds.

The red dunes, despite their hanging color, are less impressive. Households with younger youngsters will benefit from the probability to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.

Most people go to on a bunch tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. However, as we found out, we'd in all probability have enjoyed the Mui Ne sand dunes if we had chosen differently.

Read on to seek out out…

Take a Private Mui Ne Tour
For the most effective experience of the sand dunes, don’t book into a gaggle jeep tour with all the other tourists. For those who do, you’ll be stuck on someone else’s schedule and find yourself both ready or feeling rushed (or both). Our tour began with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — earlier than sunrise — ready for we-know-not-what.

The wait meant that the motive force careened along the roadmethods and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, however we additionally missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!

Later, we sat for half an hour on the end of every tour cease, waiting for a pair who determined to disregard the set assembly time and roll in whenever they felt like it. Super annoying!


Skip Sunrise & sunset tour mui ne on the Mui Ne Sand Dunes
Some travellers swear by their sunrise travel experiences. At touristy places like Angkor Wat, Mount Bromo, and the Mui Ne sand dunes, everyone feels compelled to assemble at these appointed occasions to observe the sun do the identical thing it does each single day.

Sure, you get stunning light and dramatic pictures. But you also get thrown together with hordes of other vacationers who completely highjack and detract from the experience.

I’d quite have a greater expertise and worse photos!

(I know that perspective is why we don’t have one million followers on Instagram however it’s true nonetheless).

Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all of the early vacationers have gone dwelling, and also you get a number of the world’s most spectacular monuments to yourself. Despite skipping sunrise, we think our pictures in both Angkor Wat and Mount Bromo turned our fairly well!

Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes only costs a couple of dollars however what nobody tells you is that if you arrive at the dunes, just before sunrise, you’ll have to pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you across the dunes to the best sunrise-viewing spot. If you happen to like, you may also lease a four-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.

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