Eat and meet
Mui NeThe strip of restaurants that run from the southern to mid-southern end of Nguyen Dinh Chieu is a good place to start, with a range of cuisine and flavours available, from Indian to Italian.
For a tasty pizza cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven try Luno Autumno. Set under a huge bamboo roof, delicately lit and with a small patio area out front, this place has a nice ambiance. An extensive wine list includes over 50 bottles of Italian and French produce. Good Morning Vietnam is also a popular Italian choice further down the road and comes recommended.
For western style including a full cooked breakfast available all day and jumbo ribs, try Hot Rock, a well established and well known eatery in the heart of the strip. The only Indian restaurant in town is called Shree Ganesh and all the naans, curries and poppadoms are cooked by an Indian Chef. Mains here start at a reasonable 40,000 dong and top out at around 120,000. For a varied Asian menu including some Thai food try Bamboo Bamboo -- they even make Austrian wiener schnitzel as well.
Vietnamese options are obviously plentiful and range from small family restaurants that sit on the beach to 2 story complexes on the other side of the road. A very cheap, and very satisfying option is Lam Ton just next to Jibes on the beach side of Nguyen Dinh Chieu. This is a traditional family run Vietnamese restaurant with an expansive menu of noodles, soups, hotpots, seafood and meat/fish dishes. The Golden Sand Saloon Resort is an all singing all dancing restaurant with a large choice on the menu. The speciality is undoubtedly seafood, with the BBQ display of freshly caught fish and shellfish tempting in passing customers.
Luno Autumno - 51A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 847 591. Daily 09:00-22:00
Good Morning Vietnam - Km11, Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 847 585. Daily 10:00-22:00.
Hot Rock - Km 12.5, opposite Bien Xanh and Small Garden Resorts. Daily 08:30-24:00
Shree Ganesh - 57 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 741 330. Daily 11:00-22:30.
Bamboo Bamboo - 81B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Thien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 847702. Daily 08:00-23:00.
Lam Ton - 92 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 847 598. Daily: 07:00-23:00.
Golden Sand Saloon Resort - 81BIS Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 741 277. Daily 06:00-24:00
For nightlife, options are limited, but that doesn't mean a good time can't be had. What with the local community of kite surfers and expats, and the constant flow of tourists and backpackers, there's always some action to be found in Mui Ne.
Mellow Bungalows have a friendly bar area and a pool table, a good place to get chatting with some local kite surfing enthusiasts or fellow backpackers heading out for the night, but closes early. Further down the road is the popular Beach Break. The bar is part of Ngoc Bich resort and has happy hour all night, if that makes sense, including bottles of green label Saigon lager (Saigon Xanh) for 10,000 dong. BB has a comfy seating area outside where most of the clientele reside, whilst others battle for domination of the pool table inside. Directly across the road is The Sand Dollar, another place to go mid-evening to make use of the happy hours. This place is all bamboo and also provides perches for street side viewing. The two bars compete with each other for dominance of decibel level and number of customers they can drag off the street -- at time of writing, Beach Break was winning. Guava is situated a little further along, and looks very posh.
Later in the evening, all roads lead to Wax. Opened at the end of 2006 Wax has immediately become a hit with residents and visitors alike. Happy hours are from 18:00-19:00 and 21:00-22:00, Saturday is ladies night from 20:00-23:00, and some kind of theme or party nights are always organised for weekends and throughout the week. To find it, get to Wind Champ resort and follow the path leading to the beach at the northern end of the resort, about 50 metres down. Another late night option is Jibe's, a cafe come bar come kite surfing school come nightclub. European DJ's bang out different tunes every night until the wee hours here, or come earlier to enjoy the happy hour from 19:00-22:00.
Mellow Bungalows - 117C Nguyen Dinh Chieu. T: (062) 743 086. Daily 07:00-21:00
Beach Break - 52 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. T: (062) 847 032. Daily 08:00-02:00.
The Sand Dollar - 79A Nguyen Dinh Chieu. T: (062) 847 409. Daily 17:00-Late
Guava - 53 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. T: (062) 741246. Daily 10:00-Late
Wax - 68 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. T: (062) 847 001 . Daily 06:00-Late
Jibes - Thon 3, Xa Ham Tien, Phan Thiet. T: (062) 847405. Daily 07:00-Late
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