Photo: Boards for hire, Mui Ne.


Mui Ne Beach

Guesthouses and resorts run along most of Mui Ne bay, though the bulk of accommodation is towards the southwestern end. If you happen to be arriving by Open Tour, they will tend to drop you towards the eastern end of the beach, well away from most of the accommodation choices but very close to their affiliated (kickback) hotels. To avoid this problem (and a long walk in the early hours of the morning), tell them you are staying at Hong Di or Sunrise Resort which are budget joints, or Blue Ocean Resort, a midrange place within easy walking distance of a range of other options. Of course, an easy way to avoid this problem is to not use the Open Tours, but we've probably told you that already!

Coco Beach
Luxury - over US$100
58 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 111-2

One of the longest-running resorts on Mui Ne, Coco Beach remains reliably a cut above the bunch. Closed every year for a month of renovations and repairs -- including giving the lovely wooden bungalows a new coat of veneer -- this love and affection really shows, with Coco Beach still looking brand new. Aside from the excellent bungalows, the resort has almost luminescent green lawns and a medium... Read our full review of Coco Beach.

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Toprange - US$50 to 100
140A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 816

Don’t let the exterior of this place fool you. The outside looks like an ostentatious resort, with its almost gaudy Chinese affectations, but inside are some of the best value rooms along the strip. For US$60 a night, you'll snare a superior ocean view room, which include a spacious terrace with table and chairs overlooking the pool area and out onto the beach. Inside, a seating area doubles as... Read our full review of Dynasty.

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Hai Yen
Midrange - US$20 to 50
132 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 243

Hai Yen is at the northern end of the beach, with the frontage here deserted compared to the kite-surfing clutter down the coast. Once a haven for backpackers, the hotel has gone through some serious renovations and now firmly sits in the flashpacker category. All of the air-con, hot water rooms come with hair dryer, flat screen TV, kettle with coffee and tea and a proper enclosed shower. While... Read our full review of Hai Yen.

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Hong Di Bungalows
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
70 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 014

One of the more popular options in Mui Ne, Hong Di has a bunch of wooden beachfront huts along with rooms in a longhouse setup back off the beach, which are excellent value for Mui Ne. Very friendly staff maintain spotless rooms -- this place really is clean. The well-shaded garden is lush, with birds chirping throughout our visit. The place oozes mellow vibes with a beach chair in front of each... Read our full review of Hong Di Bungalows.

Rang Garden
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
233A Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3743 637

Located on the quieter end of Mui Ne, this family-run guesthouse has comfy rooms and great service. The front area holds the restaurant and reception plus a small shop which carries all sorts of beach related gear such as goggles, bikinis and suntan lotion. A meandering stone pathway runs right through the hotel from front to back. A common area along with some rooms upstairs sits in the middle.... Read our full review of Rang Garden.

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Sunrise Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
72 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 015

Situated next door to Hong Di, Sunrise Resort (formerly known as Keng) is a flashpacker haven equalling and in some ways exceeding Hong Di. The shaded resort has a common area, which was very popular when we were there. The rooms, with their semi-firm beds and rather unusual ceiling decor, are spotless and set up in a longhouse style. A two-storey brick building also has rooms and all have... Read our full review of Sunrise Resort.

Toprange - US$50 to 100
28 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 610

In a sea of beachside resorts in palm-lined garden settings, this one has the loveliest manicured lawns and prettiest flowers. While other resorts in the area have stepped up their game, Terracotta remains one of the best high-end resorts crowded at the southern end of Nguyen Dinh Chieu. A new four-storey apartment-block style wing houses deluxe rooms which come with amenities expected for this... Read our full review of Terracotta.

Unique Mui Ne
Toprange - US$50 to 100
20B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3741 617

Unique has a very European feel and is popular with the Saigon expat crowd. One of the few multi-storey resorts in the area, the newish resort boasts front-facing rooms in the upper floors with stunning views. The large lobby has an abundance of chairs surrounded by pools of fish with glass bottoms that look directly to the spa downstairs. A central hallway cuts through the ground floor and is... Read our full review of Unique Mui Ne.

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Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
136 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 241

All bungalows here come with TV, fridge and hotwater. There are two kinds of bungalow -- older looking wooden buildings with thatched roofing or newer cream painted concrete villas. Both are very reasonable, offering basic interiors and a satisfactory bathroom. The guesthouse poses an interesting dilemma when choosing a room -- take the ones nearer the sea and they only have a fan, further back... Read our full review of Bien Dua.

Blue Ocean Resort
Toprange - US$50 to 100
54 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 322

This resort has a very lush garden setting with a great pool towards the centre of the resort. The concrete duplex chalets are in a set of rows through the resort. The Garden View, Sea View and Pool View chalets are identical and priced according to their location. The Sea View rooms are definitely worth the extra $5 as you can see the ocean from your bed in these rooms. The rooms all have tiled... Read our full review of Blue Ocean Resort.

Minh Kha
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
109A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3741 255

At first glance, you can't tell that Minh Kha has rooms for rent, as the restaurant dominates the front area. Just walk a few metres up the driveway though, and you'll see a long row of nine rooms to the left. Even further along is a two-storey square-ish building that houses another four rooms. The large rooms are clean and have dark wood furnishings that are a cut above their neighbours in this... Read our full review of Minh Kha.

Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
130D Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet City
T: (062) 3743 666

Run by a lovely Vietnamese family, Salina offers nine spacious rooms for very reasonable prices. The property is quite small compared to their neighbours, but don’t let that fool you. With the exception of the $15 room, the rooms have plenty of space to hang up your things and come with flat screen TVs on the wall, toiletries, hot water, WiFi, air-con and a large dresser. The larger rooms have... Read our full review of Salina.

Luxury - over US$100
Km 11, Ham Tien, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 507

Seahorse consists of 40 bungalows and 56 superior rooms -- the rooms being housed in a new building opened in November 2006. The superiors are adequately adorned and decorated, although considering the price doesn't include the 5% service charge and 10% VAT, the prices are a tad high. Bungalows sit in a typical garden setting, on a small hill falling down to the beachside pool and restaurant. Pay... Read our full review of Seahorse.

Tien Dat
Toprange - US$50 to 100
94A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3847 989

Forgive the ugly red sign out front, this hotel is superbly designed. The lobby provides a grand entrance with lots of comfortable seating for lazing around -- and then leads straight through to the swimming pool and an impressive water feature. The place is bathed in warm peaches and creams, providing a light and breezy atmosphere. Rooms are well appointed (air-con, fridge, cable TV) and have... Read our full review of Tien Dat.

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Xin Chao
Midrange - US$20 to 50
129 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet
T: (062) 3743 086

Run by amiable Englishman Paul and his Vietnamese wife Tien, Xin Chao is for those looking to escape the package tourist circuit. The central building hosts one of the more eclectic lobbies in town, with abstract paintings dotting the walls, funky tiling on the floor, a book exchange and a pool table. Rooms are a splash of colour as well, with lime green couches, dark green curtains and a dark... Read our full review of Xin Chao.

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Hawaii Resort
Midrange - US$20 to 50
40 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 732

Hawaii has a well-placed pool half way down its rambling and very well-shaded grounds. Rooms are clean but of the three rooms we saw, we couldn't be shown a single bathroom as they were all locked from the inside, which struck us as rather unusual. The staff try hard, but their English isn't great and they all seemed pretty bored when we passed through. The room sitting above the pool rather than... Read our full review of Hawaii Resort.

Quoc Dinh
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
123 Huynh Thuc Khang, Ham Tien, Mui Ne
T: (062) 3743 327

While a bit away from the action, Quoc Dinh offers really cheap rooms and over-the-top hospitality that makes it still worth seeking out. The matriarch of the family running the guesthouse speaks good English and is a fountain of knowledge about the area. It’s also not uncommon to see her husband holding court offering shots of cheap whiskey to guests in the evening as well. The front area of... Read our full review of Quoc Dinh.

Hiep Hoa
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
80 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 262

This two storey lime-green concoction certainly isn't the most beautiful place on the beach, but it is friendly and has a comfortable lawn beachside setting. The rooms are somewhat sparsely furnished, have a choice of fan or air-con, and the second floor rooms have reasonable views. The freestanding beachfront room has had a beating with the ugly... Read our full review of Hiep Hoa.

Rach Dua Tropico Resort
Midrange - US$20 to 50
68 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 001

Looking a bit long in the tooth, Rach Dua has passable rooms in a longhouse set-up with a centrally placed beachfront pool. The rooms are clean but rather oddly furnished and the mirrors in the bathrooms, which have bathtubs, have strange ornate plaster frames. The gardens are borderline between lush and simply unkempt, and overall the place feels like the boss has been out of town for the last... Read our full review of Rach Dua Tropico Resort.

Sea Breeze
Midrange - US$20 to 50
100 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Mui Ne Beach
T: (062) 3847 373

Sea Breeze is located away from the central strip of Mui Ne resorts and while this may be an advantage, the rooms are not awfully good value here. The majority are almost motel-like -- clean and functional, but not awfully inspired. The older wooden and palm-leave A-frames were more to our taste -- as far as we saw Sea Breeze have the only A-frames on the beach -- but they're overpriced. Staff... Read our full review of Sea Breeze.

Where to next?

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