Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a place for a spectacular journey into a wonder of nature? Or are they just a tacky tourist trap? Read on to discover the pros 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 tourist, and some backpackers on the Vietnam Open Bus Tour trail.
The other big 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 can in all probability guess what color 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, regardless of their hanging color, are less impressive. Households with young kids will enjoy the chance to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.
Most individuals 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 might probably 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 perfect experience of the sand dunes, don’t book into a bunch jeep tour with all the other tourists. Should you do, you’ll be stuck on someone else’s schedule and end up both waiting or feeling rushed (or each). Our tour started with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — earlier than sunrise — waiting for we-know-not-what.
The wait meant that the driving force careened along the roadmethods and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, but we also missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!
Later, we sat for half an hour on the finish of every tour stop, waiting for a pair who determined to ignore the set assembly time and roll in at any time when they felt like it. Super annoying!
Skip Sunrise & Sunset on the Mui Ne Sand Dunes
Some travellers swear by their sunrise journey 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 observe the sun do the identical thing it does every single day.
Sure, you get beautiful light and dramatic pictures. However you additionally get thrown together with hordes of other vacationers who completely highjack and detract from the experience.
I’d relatively have a better expertise and worse photos!
(I do know that attitude is why we don’t have a million followers on Instagram but it surely’s true nonetheless).
Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all the early vacationers have gone residence, and also you get a number of the world’s most spectacular monuments to yourself. Regardless of skipping sunrise, we think our pictures in each Angkor Wat and Mount Bromo turned our fairly well!
Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes solely prices a couple 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 best sunrise-viewing spot. If you like, it's also possible to hire a 4-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.