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Mui Ne

Getting there and away

Air

Construction of an airport in Binh Thuan district has started and should finish by 2020. Until then, your only chance to fly into the area is on a seaplane. It’s not cheap at US$385 for a one-way ticket and runs once daily at 08:30 from Saigon. After a 30-minute flight, you will land on the eastern side of Mui Ne near Pandanus Resort and will have to take a taxi back to the bulk of the resorts.

    Train

    Mui Ne doesn't have its own train station -- the closest is on the outskirts of Phan Thiet town. The train stopping here only runs once a day. From HCMC, it departs at 06:40 and usually arrives at 10:30. To HCMC, the train departs at 13:10 and arrives around 17:00. Tickets for soft-berth seats are 179,000 VND to Phan Thiet. You will automatically be given soft berth seats and have to specify hard berth seats, which are cheaper, if you want them. While you save a bit on time, it's more expensive than the bus. The taxi ride to Mui Ne will cost around 250,000 VND.

      Bus

      Open tour buses from all the usual suspects pass three times daily through Mui Ne. From Mui Ne, departure times are approximately 08:00, 13:30 and 01:30. Check with individual companies for small variations in pick-up times. From HCMC, the buses leave from around the Pham Ngu Lao area. Bus fares range from 100,000 VND to 130,000 VND depending on where you bought your ticket and what time you leave.

      Onward from Mui Ne, two routes are open -- north to Phan Rang and then inland to Dalat (passing through Mui Ne at around 06:30 and 12:30, taking four hours), or north on the open tour route to Nha Trang (passing through at around 01:00 and 13:00, 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 with five departures daily at 06:00, 07:00, 08:30, 12:00 and 14:30.

        Getting Around

        The best way to get around is by motorbike. The main road is easy to navigate (go north or go south) and not too dangerous by Vietnamese standards -- wearing a helmet is as always essential. Motorbikes can be hired for around US$6 a day, but the quality of machines varies greatly -- hunt around if reliability is a factor for you. Make sure your license is valid and check your insurance covers you if you have an accident. Plenty of xe om drivers float up and down the main road. At night, they tend to disappear and your only option will be either your rented motorbike or taxi.

        Some hotels have bicycles to rent -- the seafront road is flat until just before Mui Ne village. Taxis are available for further away locations -- a collection usually hangs around outside the bigger resorts at the southern end of Mui Ne beach. If you are at a resort or restaurant and need a taxi, have the staff call one for you. To see the sights, tour companies offer private transport by jeep, available to hire by the day.


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