Mui Ne Fishing Village
Huynh Thuc Khang road, (7 km north of Mui Ne Town), Mui Ne, Binh Thuan, VietnamPrices
Entrance freeOpening hours
Mui Ne fishing market open in the early morning and in late afternoon.
Mui Ne Fishing Village, at the north end of Mui Ne bay, is about 7 km north of Mui Ne Town. The coastal road leads straight into the town (with a left turn required to continue up the coast). At the entrance to town is an overlook with a splendid view of hundreds of colorful fishing boats mooring on the water. Further along into town, just off the main road, there is a small but colorful market. The village also offers plenty of swaying palm trees, creating a peaceful air for this village.
If you take your transport just down to the water, you will reach the fishing harbor where you can purchase fresh seafood or steamed crabs, shellfish, etc. to eat on the spot from local vendors. Walking along the beach, you will pass by fishermen sorting out their catch, ship-wharfs and, at the southern end of town, a section where clams have been ridded of their shells for many years, so the sand on the beach is by now substituted with littered shells.
On the winding coastal road out of Mui Ne you’ll come across a steep concrete verge which, from a distance, looks like exactly that, a concrete verge. However, step towards the edge of this imposing coastal drop and absorb the impressive panoramic view of the fishing scene below. At the foot of the drop, old fishing boats decay gracefully under the sun whilst out in the bay an armada of fishing vessels float patiently on the calm water. Take a walk on the beach where the industrious workers sort frantically through the day’s catch. The scene on the sand is an assault on the senses. The smell of fish, both fresh and rotting is, unsurprisingly, overwhelming. Powerful colours dominate the shoreline. Ladies, brightly dressed, crouch down to inspect the catch and even litter finds a suitable home in the chaos of the sand. If you eat seafood during your time in Mui Ne, it probably came from here. To really appreciate one of Vietnam’s most prominent industries, it’s well worth watching the melee of where your dinner came from.
Mui Ne’s chaotic early morning market provides a fascinating peek into the lives of local Vietnamese fishermen. Every morning they get their catch to the shore. Their wives and family members sort out the catch and sell it to the local traders, restaurant owners, and street food vendors on the spot. It’s like a trading floor right out of a Wall Street institution. Expect to find fishing nets full of seafood, buckets overflowing with fish, shells strewn everywhere, raucous conversation, and plenty of photo-opps (It was tough to tear Vid away from the market).
The best time to visit Mui Ne Fishing Village is in early morning or in late afternoon. You can travel to Mui Ne Fishing Village by car, by motorbike or by bicycle. A leisurely cycling trip in Mui Ne is interesting and can be combined with a visit to the fish sauce village and the Mui Ne Sand Dunes.