02 Apr Mũi Né Sand Dunes
When planning our Vietnam itinerary we never thought of stopping off at a beachy place. Vietnam and beaches never really seemed to go together in our minds but it turns out the country has it all: over 3,000 Kilometres of coastline, highlands with mountains that saw snow this last winter, beautiful countryside and scorching, bustling cities. So, we left Hoi An on a Vietnamese ‘VIP’ sleeper bus to explore the beaches of Mũi Né.
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After another journey from hell – about 20 hours of cramped, stinky travel and waiting around – we stumbled off our sleeper bus as close to our guesthouse as we possibly could. Luckily it wasn’t too difficult to find and had a pretty decent view of the sunset over Mũi Né Beach that evening too.
There’s not a huge amount of things to do in Mũi Né Vietnam, especially if you’re from anywhere other than Russia; there seem to be more Russians than any other nationality here and there are many bars and restaurants lining the sandy one-street town catering for that market – I guess it must be where the Russians go for their Vietnam holidays. Since we arrived early in the afternoon we were able to spend the rest of the day checking out what was on offer; it became clear that all you can really do is join a tour of the sand dunes and the fishing village, so that’s what we did!
Sand Dunes of Mũi Né Vietnam
There are two main sites for sand dunes around Mũi Né; the White Sand Dunes, and the Yellow/Red Sand Dunes (the more rain there is the redder the dunes look, if it’s dry then they appear yellow). Before the sand dunes though we stopped off to see the fishing village, then we got about 40 minutes on each of the dunes. I remember as a child visiting the Dune du Pilat on the west coast of France with my family; if you’ve ever been there then you’ll find that the Mũi Né White Sand Dune is very similar in that they are tourist hotspots, with a tough hot and sweaty climb to the top. The Red Sand Dune is smaller and easier to visit as it’s closer to Mũi Né and just as touristy. Here are some of our pics of the day:
The White Sand Dunes
We had to get some jumping shots in:
The Red Sand Dunes
Local kids were renting out their plastic sheets as boards to slide down the sand dunes:
Yet another beautiful sunset:
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We paid about £4 each for our Sand Dunes half-day trip, you can easily find a tour to join from any of the travel agencies in the town.