Mui Ne is famous for its enormous red and white sand dunes. These have been a favourite subject for many a Vietnamese photographer, including some who sit like camels on the blazing hot sand for hours, waiting for the winds to sculpt the dunes into that perfect Kodak moment. If you visit, be sure to try the sand-sledding. Mui Ne SAND DUNES Tour.
You’ll need a jeep to explore these properly, but be careful to agree on an itinerary for the tour, preferably in writing. We’ve heard complaints, particularly about ‘sunset tours’ that cut short with the sun high in the sky and the drivers getting aggressive when challenged. Also bear in mind the white dunes have been massively commercialised in recent times, with quad bikes and dune buggies destroying the peace of the place.
Also of interest is the Fairy Stream (Suoi Tien), which is really a stream that flows through a patch of dunes with interesting sand and rock formations. It’s a beautiful trek wading up the stream from the sea to its source, though it might be wise to hire a local guide. You can do the trek barefoot, but if you’re heading out into the big sand dunes, you’ll need leather soles on your feet; sandals are even questionable during the midday sun. Bizarrely, ostrich riding (40,000d) is now offered as an activity here, but we don’t recommend it.
Mui Ne SAND DUNES Tour.
TIME: 4:30 AM – 8:30 AM (SEEING SUNRISE)
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (SEEING SUNSET)
- Joining Group: 150.000 vnd/Pax
- Private Jeep: 700.000 vnd/Jeep