Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a place for a spectacular trip into a surprise of nature? Or are they just a cheesy vacationer trap? Read on to find the professionals 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 other big tourist activity in Mui Ne is a Mui Ne sand dunes tour
There are two sets of Mui Ne dunes: the white sand dunes and the red sand dunes. You may most likely guess what colour every of them is!
The white sand dunes Mui Ne are an unlimited expanse of white sand, sculpted into rolling dunes by the ever-changing winds.
The red dunes, regardless of their putting color, are less impressive. Households with young children will benefit from the probability to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.
Most people visit on a bunch tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. But, as we came upon, we would probably have enjoyed the Mui Ne sand dunes if we had chosen differently.
Read on to find out…
Take a Private Mui Ne Tour
For the very best experience of the sand dunes, don’t book into a bunch jeep tour with all the opposite tourists. In case you do, you’ll be caught on another person’s schedule and end up either waiting or feeling rushed (or both). 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 roadways and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, however we additionally missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!
Later, we sat for half an hour at the end of each tour stop, waiting for a couple who decided to disregard the set meeting time and roll in every time they felt like it. Super annoying!
Skip Sunrise & Sunset at 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, everyone feels compelled to gather at these appointed instances to watch the sun do the identical thing it does each single day.
Sure, you get lovely light and dramatic pictures. But you also get thrown together with hordes of different tourists who completely highjack and detract from the experience.
I’d reasonably have a greater expertise and worse pictures!
(I know that attitude is why we don’t have 1,000,000 followers on Instagram but it’s true nonetheless).
Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all of the early vacationers have gone home, and you get among the world’s most spectacular monuments to yourself. Despite skipping sunrise, we think our photos in each 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 however what no one tells you is that if you arrive at the dunes, just before sunrise, you’ll need to pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you throughout the dunes to the best sunrise-viewing spot. For those who like, it's also possible to lease a 4-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.