Top things to do in Mui Ne
Mui Ne has just a few sights to indulge the tourist. Its chief attraction these days is kite-surfing, but you can also visit the sand dunes and a few other attractions, including the Po Shanu Cham Towers. Be warned that some of the tours scratch around a bit for add-ons — don’t be tempted by exotic names such as the ‘dragon garden’ and then be disappointed when you arrive in a field of dragon fruit plants. Also on the lists are a ‘fishing village’, which is Mui Ne village, and its local market — if you’ve seen other markets in Vietnam, nothing to get too excited about.
The Fairy Stream, or Suoi Tien, is one such popular destination. About a 10-minute drive, depending on where you’re staying on the beach, Fairy Stream sits just off the main road with its access point next to a fish sauce factory. Immediately upon entering the stream a child will offer their tour guide services at a small price, but there’s no need for a guide (plus paying kids is never a good idea).
Once you get past the children, you are treated to a short, 20-minute hike up the stream to a small waterfall. Along the way you are treated to views that might remind you of a miniature version the Grand Canyon as red sand cliffs surround all sides of the stream. It’s an easy though not overly impressive walk and you can get some cool pictures along the way.
The city tours of Phan Thiet have a standard itinerary, taking in the Po Shanu Cham towers, Phan Thiet's market, the Dragon (fruit) Garden and Takou mountain. The mountain, although not very high, may be of interest as it holds Vietnam's largest Buddha statue (it's 49 metres). If you're thinking of going it alone, the mountain is around 30 kilometres south of Phan Thiet. City tours cost around $16 per person, or $50 to hire your own personal jeep.
Other tours to outlying attractions can be arranged to the Rock Garden (mudbath and massage centre), Ke Ga lighthouse, Binh Chau hot springs and also deep sea fishing. Check with a travel agency for prices. The inland facing side of Nguyen Dinh Chieu is littered with them, so organising some out-of-town activities shouldn't be too taxing.
Apart from sunning yourself and kite surfing, there are a handful of things to do off the beach during a stay in Mui Ne. No cause for major excitement but they'll give you an excuse to take a break from the beach.
Mui Ne is a cycling destination waiting for decent bikes. You can rent very ordinary bikes that will allow you to visit most neighbouring sites. That's a great shame since the roads are fairly cycle-friendly. There's great potential for cycling here.