Sand Dunes in Vietnam? Exploring Mui Ne

Have you ever imagined finding sand dunes in Vietnam? Intrigued? Read all about the Mui Ne Sand Dunes here and how to reach Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City!!!

When you think of Vietnam you probably think of the majestic landscapes of Halong Bay, you probably think of the incredible countryside of Hoi An filled with rice plantations and water buffalos, you probably also think of the huge caves of Phong Nha and the impressive waterfalls of Dalat.

But tell me…have you ever thought about finding sand dunes in Vietnam? Yes. SAND DUNES!!!

Intrigued? Read all about the Mui Ne sand dunes and the magical Fairy Stream here my wonder friends!

Mui Ne Sand Dunes Vietnam

The panoramic view of the Fairy Stream in Vietnam

Unexpected Landscapes of Mui Ne #01: Watching the sunrise at the white Mui Ne sand dunes

The beach town of Mui Ne, located a few hours away from Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), is a very relaxed place to relax and forget about the world for a couple of days. However, there are many amazing landscapes for those who are looking for some adventure in their lives.

Most hotels and hostels will offer you two variations of the same tour to the Mui Ne sand dunes and beyond. One is the sunrise tour and one is the sunset one.

Mui Ne Sand Dunes Vietnam

Sunrise at the white sand dunes of Mui Ne Vietnam

Both tours visit the same places in a different order although the sunrise one is obviously the best one since there’s less people (and less heat).

The white Mui Ne sand dunes might not compare to the ones in Jordan’s Wadi Rum or any other desert but they are a very interesting sight to behold. The majestic sunrise over them will make that 4 am wake up call totally worth it in my humble opinion.

Tip of Wonders #01: If you want, you can rent a quad bike to explore the dunes although rental prices are kind of expensive for Vietnamese standards. My best suggestion? Walk and bring out your inner Lawrence of Arabia!

Mui Ne Sand Dunes Vietnam

The striking white sand dunes of Mui Ne Vietnam

Unexpected Landscapes of Mui Ne #02: Sand boarding in the red Mui Ne sand dunes 

The next stop of the tour is the only place in the world where you can find Vietnamese cone hats and sand dunes at the same time! The red Mui Ne sand dunes are a very interesting place for people watching as you see local women renting sleds for you to sand board from the sand dunes.

There’s also a lot of people selling hot food which to me it didn’t make any sense since by this point the heat was killing everybody in the tour. How about some fresh fruit for a change yo?

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Vietnamese people at the red Mui Ne sand dunes

As I said before, the red Mui Ne sand dunes are the perfect place to do people watching. One of my best memorable events was to find a group of monks from Thailand attempting to board down the dunes without getting entangled in their robes. Challenge accepted!!!

At this point of the sunrise tour, you’ll probably feel hungry for some breakfast so just ask your driver to stop on the way to the next stop (a fishing port that isn’t really that impressive) since you’ll need a lot of energy for the Fairy Stream.

Tip of Wonders #02: If you choose the sunset tour, the red Mui Ne sand dunes will be the last stop and you’ll be watching the sunset from here. My best suggestion? Go on the morning sunrise tour and then (if you’re not too tired), rent a motorcycle to come back here for sunset.

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Monks boarding from the red sand dunes

Unexpected Landscapes of Mui Ne #03: Walking in the Fairy Stream

At the end of the tour, you’ll be arriving to the surreal Fairy Stream: a peaceful stream of water which you can walk that is surrounded by some impressive rock formations that look from outer space.

As soon as you arrive, the best thing to do is to take off your shoes and feel the cold water running through your feet as you embark on a pleasant walk of wonders. Don’t forget to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming!

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The rock formations of the Fairy Stream in Mui Ne, Vietnam

As you walk in the fairy stream, you will find some restaurants and many strange things but none is stranger than an Ostrich farm where people can ride these huge animals (No. You should definitely NOT ride them).

Take your time exploring the Fairy Stream and don’t forget to hike the rocks in order to gain an impressive panoramic view of the entire area. It’s a very steep climb but trust me, it’s totally rewarding once you’re at the top!!!

Tip of Wonders #03: The price of the entire tour of Mui Ne (White sand dunes, red sand dunes, fishing village and fairy stream) is 5 USD in a shared jeep and can be booked at every hostel and hotel of the city. Don’t overpay yo!

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Walking in the magical Fairy Stream of Mui Ne

Practical information about travel to Mui Ne

Mui Ne is located in Southern Vietnam and is close in proximity to Ho Chi Minh City. A bus ride between HCM and Mui Ne will take you between 5 to 6 hours and cost about 10 USD.

From Mui Ne you can continue your journey North to either Dalat or Nha Trang so get ready to explore the awesomeness of Vietnam my wonder friends!

PS. If you’re coming from abroad, you should know that the Ho Chi Minh airport is one of the only three airports in Vietnam (the other two being the ones at Da Nang and Hanoi) that accept a Vietnam Visa on Arrival so plan accordingly.

The Mekong Delta near Ho Chi Minh City

The Mekong Delta near Ho Chi Minh City

Where to stay in Mui Ne, Vietnam

The thing I love the most about Mui Ne is that most hostels aimed at backpackers also have a sister resort whose facilities you can use at no extra charge.

How awesome is that my friends? 5 USD for a dorm in a resort? Why not? Here’s a list of my recommendations for all types of budget: Mia Mui Ne Resort, Bamboo Village Beach Resort & Spa, Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel and Mui Ne Backpacker Village.

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But first let me take a selfie!!!

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Have you ever been to Mui Ne sand dunes and the fairy stream? Would you like to? How was your experience like? Share your thoughts and let me know what you think!

Until next time, my friends!

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13 Responses

  1. stephanie

    I liked both the white and red dunes :)
    I had never seen ‘deserts’ before so I was amazed by how big it was!

  2. Belle

    If i wanted to visit the fairy stream as well as white sand dunes, would it require a half day or full day visit? :)

  3. Zeena

    Hello Raphael,

    I will be leaving for Vietnam this Thursday, the 26th of May and will land in Ho Chi Minh. And yes Mui Ne is one of the destination I will be visiting too. Your article is very informative. Have tried Ta Kou Mountain there? I am thinking of going there too but not sure if it will take a day and I am still researching on the cost.
    Did you have any problems communicating with the locals? Thank you.

  4. Shaha

    I love your article. I am thinking of traveling solo to there. I guess it shouldnt be much of a problem right? And as for the tour, do they have problem accepting a single headcount?

  5. Amber

    The tours I have found online from HCMC to Mui Ne are USD$50 p/p. Any recommendations of where I can contact a local to take myself and 4-5 other people there for the day to experience all of this? You said in the article above its about USD$15 total.

  6. Tonkin - Travel Vietnam

    Looks like your having awesome time in Mui Ne! Except some spots in your trip, there are so many other attractions in Mui ne that you should try such as hiking to Ta Kou Mountain, visiting Dragon Fruit Garden .

  7. Robert

    My son and I rented scooters in Mui Ne and enjoyed a scenic ride to both the Red & White Dunes. We visited in November a few seasons ago and luckily there were just a handful of people. So it turned out to be really peaceful! The White Dunes are definitely a must to see when visiting this part of Vietnam. Thanks for sharing the great pictures :)