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

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

Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a place for a spectacular journey into a marvel of nature? Or are they just a cheesy tourist trap? Read on to discover the pros and cons of visiting the sand dunes in Mui Ne.


Mui Ne, Vietnam was once a quiet fishing village about 200 km east of Saigon. Now it's 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 opposite massive vacationer exercise in Mui Ne is a Mui Ne sand dunes tour.

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

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

The red dunes, despite their placing colour, are less impressive. Families with younger children will benefit from the likelihood to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.

Most people visit on a gaggle tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. But, as we discovered, we might probably have loved the Mui Ne sand dunes if we had chosen differently.

Read on to search 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. If you happen to do, you’ll be caught on another person’s schedule and end up both ready or feeling rushed (or both). Our tour started with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — before sunrise — ready for we-know-not-what.

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

Later, we sat for half an hour on the end of each tour cease, ready for a couple who decided to disregard the set meeting time and roll in each time they felt like it. Super annoying!


Skip Sunrise & Sunset 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, everybody feels compelled to gather at these appointed times to watch the sun do the identical thing it does every single day.

Yes, you get stunning light and dramatic pictures. But you also get thrown along with hordes of different vacationers who fully highjack and detract from the experience.

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

(I know that angle is why we don’t have 1,000,000 followers on Instagram nevertheless it’s true nonetheless).

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

Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes solely prices a number of dollars but what nobody tells you is that once you arrive at the dunes, just earlier than sunrise, you’ll need to pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you across the dunes to the perfect sunrise-viewing spot. In the event you like, you too can hire a 4-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.