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Mui Ne

Getting there and away

Train

Mui Ne doesn't have its own train station -- the closest is in Phan Thiet but the most frequently served in Muong Man which is around an hour north of Phan Thiet. Most of the long-distance north-south express trains stop at Muang Man, but Phan Thiet is a dead-end spur and is served by a Saigon - Phan Thiet train only.

    Bus

    Open tour buses from all the usual suspects pass twice daily through Mui Ne. From Mui Ne the leaving times are approximately 13:00 and 01:00. Check with individual companies for small variations in pick-up times. From Saigon, the buses leave at around 07:30 and 20:30 from De Tham Street.

    Onward from Mui Ne, there are only two routes open -- north to Phan Rang and then inland to Dalat (passing through Mui Ne at around 07:30 and 13:00, taking six hours), or continue north on the 'open tour' route to Nha Trang (passing through at around 01:00 and 13:30 taking five hours).

    If you're not travelling on the 'Open Tour' system, buses head to Mui Ne from Mien Dong Bus Station in Ho Chi Minh City -- there are five departures daily, at 06:00, 07:00, 08:30, 12:00 and 14:30.

      Getting Around

      The best way to get around is motorbike. The main road is easy to navigate (go north, or go south) and not too dangerous by Vietnam standards -- wearing a helmet is still recommended. Motorbikes can be hired for around US$6 a day, but the quality of machine varies greatly -- hunt around if reliability is a factor for you. If you don't drive, then plenty of xe om drivers float up and down the main road.

      Some hotels have bicycles to rent -- the seafront road is flat until just before Mui Ne town. Taxis are available for further away locations, usually a good collection hang around outside the bigger resorts at the southern end of Mui Ne's beach. To see the sights, tour companies offer private transport by jeep, available to hire by the day.

      In late December 2006 a new shuttle service had started along the beach road with three stops, one at the southern end of the beach, one outside Mellow Bungalows and one at the northern end of the beach near Sinh Cafe. This may be an attempt to dissuade so many local young men trying to earn a few bucks from hanging around and renting their bike out.


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