Kite surfing and sand dunes
One of southern Vietnam’s popular beach destinations, Mui Ne is a 12-kilometre long sweeping bay that boasts beachfront resorts. Twenty years of development have transformed the once sleepy fishing town into a water sports mecca, most notably for kitesurfing. With Ho Chi Minh City a mere four hours away, it’s an attractive option for travellers looking to jump into a beach holiday from the city.
What tourists know as “Mui Ne” is actually the village of Ham Tien. Sandwiched between Mui Ne (a fishing town to the east) and Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan province, Ham Tien is where the action happens. To add to the confusion, the beach district is part of Phan Thiet city. Sometimes online hotels are categorised under “Phan Thiet”, but you probably don’t want to book accommodation in downtown Phan Thiet.
Most of the accommodation and restaurants are spread out over a 10-kilometre stretch of coastal road called Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, which turns into Huynh Thuc Khang Street as it gets close to Mui Ne town. Accommodation is either ocean side or across the road from it.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Mui Ne has characteristics that tend to draw a strong reaction — you will either love it or hate it. Kitesurfers love it.
Mui Ne is a kitesurfer’s paradise, competing with Boracay in the Philippines as the kitesurfing capital of Southeast Asia. It draws wind sport worshippers from around the world due to its consistent cross onshore winds. On average it has over 200 days a year with winds of more than 12 knots. The best time is October to the end of March. Peak time is December and January, when you’ll see a flurry of activity along the entire shoreline. A stack of schools offer lessons to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,300 words.)
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