Mui Ne is a beautiful stretch of beach that started as a far-flung escape for backpacker types in the 1990s, but has now evolved into a string of upscale and boutique beach resorts. The area is geographically blessed with sand dunes that stave off the monsoon rains of nearby Phan Thiet and for much of the year—especially October through April—strong onshore winds make it a Mecca for wind and kite surfers. The beach resort section of Mui Ne runs along a 10-mile stretch of Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, with resort on the beach side of the street, shops and restaurants on the other. The actual town of Mui Ne occupies a headland at the eastern end of the beach. Besides watersports, one of Mui Ne’s top attractions are the red and white sand dunes that you can see independently on foot, or as part of a jeep tour. The Fairy Stream runs through the dunes, creating red rock formations that can be explored by wading upstream along the shallow creek.
Mui Ne is a 4-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, and most visitors travel from the city via private buses, which cost about $6 per person, each way. A train also runs from the city to Phan Thiet, from which you can get a taxi to the resorts of Mui Ne.