Phan Thiet is the capital of Binh Thuan province, on the coast in Central Vietnam. Mui Ne is a 12-km long sweeping bay, which has and transformed into a coastal fishing town and a ward of the city of Phan Thiet after 20 years of development. Phan Thiet – Mui Ne has been one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam thanks to stunning sand dunes, beautiful beaches, traditional fishing villages, ancient structures, water sports, kitesurfing, and many more charms. Below are top things to do in the amazing Phan Thiet and Mui Ne:
Red Sand Dunes
The Red Sand Dunes, featuring reddish-brown sand with gentle slopes are unique natural formations which could not be missed on any trip to Phan Thiet. The dunes are one of the best places in Vietnam for taking the best photos, enjoying the sunset view of the ocean from the dunes highest peak, sand sledding, riding quad bikes or dune buggies to feel adventurous.
Location: 3 km north of Mui Ne Town.
White Sand Dunes
As one of the only dessert areas in Southeast Asia, White Sand Dunes, also called White Lake feature dramatic white sand dunes, plunging towards a small lagoon that is lined with lotus flowers. White Lake houses a small pine forest, which is the best place to hide from the scorching sun. Sliding down on plastic sleds or enjoying sunrise and sunset are worth trying when you visit White Sand Dunes.
Location: 26 km north of Mui Ne Town.
Mui Ne Beach
Features 15 km of sandy beaches, gentle waves, and luxurious beachfront resorts, Mui Ne Beach is a must for true beach lovers. Besides swimming, sunbathing, getting into water sports, relaxing at resorts, there are more great things to do, including visiting the traditional fishing village and kitesurfing which best to be enjoyed from November and March, when the skies are sunny with strong winds.
Mui Ne Fishing Village
Coming to Mui Ne Fishing Village mentioned above, you can see expansive coastline lined with colorful fishing boats moored on the water and beautiful green swaying palm trees. The village is charming at any time of the day, including sunrise and sunset. In the morning, the village is busy with fishermen who sort out and sell crabs, groupers, stingrays, scallops, and other seafood caught last night and people who come to buy the shore seafood. It is a chance for tourists to taste delicious dishes cooked from fresh seafood there.
Location: 7 km north of Mui Ne Town.
Fairy Stream has a dramatic landscape of many colors, including reds, oranges, pinks, whites, mixed wonderfully with the clear water from Ham Tien’s Dinh Mountain. On one side, the stream features white and red sand dunes while the other features blossoming flowers, verdant trees, and coconut palms. The Fairy Stream is amazing enough to attract a large number of tourists coming for great photos, just walking or drinking and eating at bars and restaurants located upstream.
Location: Huynh Thuc Khang, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet – Mui Ne, 4 km from the center of Mui Ne
Ta Cu Moutain
Ta Cu Moutain boasts 250,000 square meters of lush rainforests, rare wildlife, limestone caves, and a pagoda with ornate Buddhist structures. There are 2 ways to reach the top of the mountain: hiking through the jungle for 2 hours or riding a cable car for 10 minutes. The second provides a fabulous view of Ke Ga Lighthouse, Thuan Nam Town, Ham Thuan An Sea while the first give you an adventurous feeling. Built in 1879 and located atop Ta Cu Mountain, Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda
Po Shanu Cham Towers
Constructed in the 8th century by the Champa people to worship Hindu deities Lord Shiva, Agni, Nandi and today recognized as a national architectural and artistic site, the crumbling Po Shanu Cham Towers are modest remnants of the Champa empire which was a once successful civilization. Po Shanu Cham towers attract visitors with not only being a historical site but also its unique, bewitched, and mysterious architecture. It consists of just two pointed towers and the third building that adjoins the more decorative constructions. Because the attraction is located atop Ong Hoang Hill, tourist can also have a chance to enjoy the fantastic views of the coastline and countryside of Phan Thiet.
Location: on the top of Ong Hoang Hill, 15-minute drive from Mui Ne Town.
Entrance fee: 10,000 VND
Located on the top of Ong Hoang Hill and a few steps away from the Po Shanu Cham Towers, Prince’s Castle is a French estate house, built by Duke De Montpensier in 1911. The original structure covered 536 square meters but only an old tower and many military bunkers left. Do not miss the tomb of one of the most famous Vietnamese poet Han Mac Tu, who praised the Prince’s Castle and its surrounding in his romantic love stories.
Van Thuy Tu Temple
Dating back to 1762, Phan Thiet’s largest and oldest whale temple Van Thuy Tu Temple is dedicated to Lord Whale that is believed to protect fisherman from dangers as well as bad weather at the sea. Van Thuy Tu temple is home to the skeletal remains of more than 100 whales, including 22-meter long whale skeleton, which is perhaps the biggest in Southeast Asia. The temple also houses many artifacts from the Nguyen Dynasty, including written decrees by 24 former kings, incense table, lacquered boards, terracotta statues, and an antique bronze bell.
Location: 54 Ngu Ong Street, Phan Thiet
Open time: 7:00 – 17:00