Photo: The sand goes on and on.

Sand dunes

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Desert landscape
Some impressive sand dunes lie six kilometres south of the river, at the southern edge of Phan Rang Thap Cham city. Unlike Mui Ne’s famed dunes, which are usually crawling with tourists, there’s a good chance you’ll be the only one struggling up these formations.

The high vantage point also rewards visitors with a 360 panoramic view. On a clear day you’ll see the ocean and the vast flatlands stretching out to hills and mountains. Keep in mind that between 09:00-16:00, it’s an inferno. You know the typical film scene where the haggard man stumbles across the desert? It feels like that. Sunrise and sunset time is best.



The dunes “doi cat Nam Cuong” can be approached from either the east or the west – either way, expect to get lost and for some difficult motorbiking through sandy trails. The drive is not for novice bikers, and it requires just the right amount of soft pressure on the gas and balance, especially if there’s a passenger on the back. You’ll likely also have a few points where you will get bogged and have to get off to push the bike forward while applying some gas.

If approaching the dunes from the east, head south from Phan Rang Thap Cham, crossing the An Dong bridge and following the road down the coast. You’ll pass a near endless row of fish and shrimp factories and warehouses. From the bridge, after around four kilometres, look for any sort of access lane to your right leading west, usually a nondescript sandy trail. It’s a meandering zig zag through a maze of baby shrimp farms to reach the rise in the land and dunes, which should become visible. There’s a random cafe – park your bike and walk up the sand from there.

It wouldn’t be a tourist site in Vietnam without a cafe.

It wouldn’t be a tourist site in Vietnam without a cafe.

Your other option is to go via An Hai village, northwest of the dunes. The trail is no less sandy but you will likely pass more people who can point you in the right direction. On that note, as of April 2016, where “doi cat Nam Cuong” is marked on Google Maps is incorrect. Use our map for reference.


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