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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 spot for a spectacular journey into a marvel of nature? Or are they just a cheesy tourist trap? Read on to discover the professionals 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's 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 huge tourist 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'll be able to probably guess what colour each of them is!

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

The red dunes, regardless of their putting color, are less impressive. Families with younger kids will benefit from the probability to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.

Most people go to on a group tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. But, as we discovered, we would in all probability 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. Should you do, you’ll be caught on another person’s schedule and find yourself either waiting or feeling rushed (or each). Our tour began with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — before sunrise — waiting for we-know-not-what.

The wait meant that the motive force careened along the roadmethods and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, however we also missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!

Later, we sat for half an hour at the end of every tour cease, ready for a pair who decided to disregard the set meeting 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 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 same thing it does every single day.

Yes, you get lovely light and dramatic pictures. But you also get thrown together with hordes of other tourists who completely highjack and detract from the experience.

I’d reasonably have a better experience and worse footage!

(I do know that angle is why we don’t have a million followers on Instagram nevertheless it’s true nonetheless).

Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all of the early vacationers have gone home, and also you get a number of the world’s most impressive monuments to yourself. Regardless of skipping sunrise, we think our photographs in each Angkor Wat and Mount Bromo turned our pretty well!

Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes solely costs a couple of dollars but what no one tells you is that whenever you arrive at the dunes, just before sunrise, you’ll must pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you across the dunes to the ideal sunrise-viewing spot. If you like, you can even hire a 4-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.

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