Photo: Boards for hire, Mui Ne.

Transport

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Air

There is no airport in Mui Ne or Phan Thiet. The closest airport is Lien Khuong Airport, which services Da Lat (130 kilometres away). Alternatively, Cam Ranh International Airport is 191 kilometres away; Tan Son Nhat International (aka Ho Chi Minh City’s airport) is 200 kilometres away.

It’s possible to charter a seaplane. In town we found a flyer for Hai Au Aviation.
T: (096) 2960 689; rsvn@haiauaviation.com; www.seaplanes.vn.

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Train

Mui Ne doesn't have a train station -- the closest is in nearby Phan Thiet, in the northwest corner of the city. There is only one train a day, SPT1 running between Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet. From HCMC, it departs at 06:40, scheduled to arrive at 11:22. From Phan Thiet to HCMC, the train departs at 13:10, arrives at 18:27. Tickets for soft seat air-con are 190,000 dong; hard-berth air-con are 220,000 dong; soft berth air-con are 255,000 dong.

The red local bus goes from Phan Thiet train station to Ham Tien (the tourist strip) and Mui Ne. It should cost around 20,000 dong. Otherwise, meter taxis and xe om are available.

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Bus

Mui Ne is well serviced by open-tour bus companies, including The Sinh Tourist.

The Sinh Tourist office is at 144 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. T: (062) 384 7542; F: (062) 384 7656; muine@thesinhtourist.vn; www.thesinhtourist.vn; open daily 07:00-22:00.
HCMC: Sitting bus departs at 07:30, 13:30. Costs 99,000 dong. Sleeping bus departs at 01:00, 13:30. Costs
Nha Trang: Sleeping bus departs at 01:00, 13:00. Costs 89,000 dong.
Da Lat: Sitting bus departs at 07:30, 13:00. Costs 79,000 dong.

Tam Hanh open bus office is at 135 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St. T: (062) 384 7560; www.tamhanhtravel.com/
HCMC: Departs at 0:00, 01:00, 06:30, 08:00, 11:00, 13:30, 16:00. Costs 120,000 dong.
Nha Trang: Departs at 1:00, 13:00. Costs 120,000 dong and takes 4 hrs.
Da Lat: Departs at 07:00, 12:30. Costs 100,000 dong and takes 4 hrs.
Hoi An (via Nha Trang): Departs at 13:00. Costs 320,000 dong and takes 17 hrs.

Phuong Trang (Futa Bus) is one of the more reliable national bus companies. The ticket includes pick-up/drop-off to your hotel in Mui Ne. Office is located at 20 Huynh Thuc Khang St. T: (062) 3743 113; futabus.vn/
HCMC: Departs every 30-60 minutes from 06:00 to 22:30. Costs 120,000 dong.
Mui Ne: Departs HCMC at 00:30, 01:00, 01:30, then frequently from 07:30-23:30.

Other destinations
Vung Tau: departs at 07:00. Costs 90,000 and takes 4 hrs.
For buses to Ca Na or Phan Rang-Thap Cham, take a bus headed to Nha Trang.

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Getting around

The easiest way to get around is by motorbike. Shops and hotels rent them for 80,000-150,000 dong a day. Quality of machines varies greatly and if you’re headed out for some exploration, you’ll want to hunt around for something that looks reliable and not on its last legs.

The tourist strip is comprised of a single long and flat road that looks deceptively easy. Though not too dangerous compared to driving in the big cities, the narrow road is frequented by big buses, trucks and tourists – often renting Jeeps and trying motorbike driving for the first time. Also, the road runs straight east-west which means one side usually has the blazing sun directly in their eyes.

By the letter of the law, tourists must have an international drivers' license in order to drive a motorbike. Of course, not having one will not prevent you from renting a motorbike, but police happily capitalise by holding regular stings targeting foreigners, especially near popular attractions such as the sand dunes. Expect to pay a fine if you don’t have one and you’re caught. We suggest you carry whatever drivers license you have and don’t carry huge amounts of cash in your wallet. Or keep a separate decoy wallet with a few 100,000 dong notes to mitigate losses.

Some hotels provide bicycles free or for rent. Taxis are available for further away locations -- a collection usually hangs around outside the bigger resorts or have your hotel call you one, they’ll come to you at no extra charge.

Xe om drivers hang out in the shade along the strip, especially in front of hostels.

To see the sights, tour companies offer cheap Jeep or bus tours (shared transport really) that are usually cheaper than the cost of hiring a motorbike and petrol.

Mui Ne and Phan Thiet have several cheap local buses and savvy travellers can save money by grabbing the right bus.

The 20,000 dong red bus goes to Phan Thiet train station.

The white and blue bus #1 starts in Phan Thiet and travels north along the coast through the tourist strip along Nguyen Dinh Chieu and Huynh Thuc Khang Street, then to Hon Rom, Long Son and Suoi Nuoc Beach, home to Long Son Mui Ne Campground and Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Beach Club. The local buses depart every 20-30 minutes, starting early, the last bus around 19:00, costs 16,000 to 20,000 dong. The full route (listed by streets): Tien Loi – Tran Quy Cap – Tran Hung Dao – Nguyen Tat Thanh – Ton Duc Thang – Thu Khoa Huan – Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Huynh Thuc Khang – Ho Xuan Huong – Hon Rom.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Mui Ne? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.


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