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Best things to do & to see in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. What & where to eat in Mui Ne?

I was fortunate to visit Mui Ne, Phan Thiet twice. Both times left very deep impressions in me. The most attractive thing in South-Central of Vietnam is the long beaches with a very charming and picturesque beauty. In this post, I will share my experiences, tips and top things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet to those who are planning to explore this city. 

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Things to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Best period to visit Mui Ne. Any time! Just avoid Jul and Aug, season of seaweeds, which makes the sea not clean and blue. Best time is Jun, with a lot of sunshine.

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How to get to Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Assuming you are in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city, there are two ways to go Mui Ne: by bus and train. By bus, you can get straight to Mui Ne, a little more convenient. By train, you will stop in Phan Thiet city, then go to Mui Ne from Phan Thiet, about 22km. 

By bus

* From Ho Chi Minh city to Mui Ne

– Sinh Cafe has seat car and bed car. 

Times: 07:30 – 15:00 and 20:30 

Add: 246 – 248 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 38 9593 – Fax: +84.8.38 36 9322

or 

24 -26 Pho Ðuc Chinh , District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84.8.38 222 892 – Fax: +84.8.38 217 416

– Phuong Trang 

Times: 7:30, 08:30 and 14:30

Address: 272-274-276 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city. Tel: +84. 83. 837 5570 

Office in Mui Ne: +84 62 3743 113 or +84 62 3743 040 

– Tam Hanh

Times: 08:00, 09:00, 15:00 and 20:00

Address: 272 – De Tham – District 1 – Ho Chi Minh City. Near Sinh Cafe and Phuong Trang offices

Tel: +848 9205 653 

* From Hanoi to Mui Ne

Hoang Long has 2 offices in Hanoi:

– 1A Nam Dong, Dong Da district, Hanoi. Tel: 8494 321 19 00

– 19 Thuoc Bac, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi. Tel: 844 6295 5565

Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Mui Ne Vietnam – The land of sea and sand

By train

*From Ho Chi Minh city to Phan Thiet

Everyday, there is 1 trip from Sai Gon station to Phan Thiet at 7:05 am. Saturday and Sunday have 1 more train in the afternoon. From Phan Thiet station, you can catch a bus to Mui Ne. 

Add of Sai Gon station:  No. 01 Nguyen Thong street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city

Phone (automatic answer): +848 39 310 666 

For information: +848 3931 8952 or +848 3846 6091 

Ticket office: +848 38 436 524 or +848 38 468 701

Sai Gon station will bring ticket to the hotel if requested at +848 8436 528, only available for inner city from 7h to 21h everyday. 

* From Hanoi to Phan Thiet

You can buy the train tickets at:

– TSC agent (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agent (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi train station on Le Duan street. 

Taxis in Phan Thiet 

– Mai Linh Taxi: +84623 739 888

– Mui Ne Taxi: +84623 84 88 48

– Phan Thiet Taxi: +84623 814 814


 

Best things to do & to See in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet – Vietnam

Mui Ne beach Vietnam travel guide
Mui Ne beach

– Beach: Mui Ne sea is very nice, clean and blue water. I think it’s even more beautiful than Nha Trang beach. 

– Suoi Tien (Angel Stream ) has red water with one side is sand dunes, other side is coconuts forest. 

– Red sand dune (Đồi Cát Đỏ)About 5km from Mui Ne. 

– White sand dune (Đồi Cát Trắng )Quite distant from Mui Ne, about 25km. You can rent a motor or jeep to go. 

– Sen lake (bàu Sen), a big lake in Mui Ne. 

Sen Lake in Mui Ne vietnam
Sen Lake (Bàu Sen)

– Hon Rom beach (Bãi Hòn Rơm), a beautiful beach in Mui Ne. 

– Posanu tower (Tháp Posanu), a ancient tower of Cham ethnic. 

– Ham Thuan Nam, about 30km from Phan Thiet city. 

– Doi Duong beach, Thay Thim palace and Thay Thim beach. 

– Mui Ke Ga and Ke Ga lighthouse

– Duc Thanh school. Ho Chi Minh president, who is a great man in Vietnam history, used to teach here. 

Angel stream in Mui Ne vietnam
Angel stream

 

Best Hotels in Mui Ne Vietnam

Mui Ne has many hotels and resorts. It is even called “Resort Capital of Vietnam”. So you have many choices. Below is some hotels and resorts.

In Phan Thiet City

– Hong Hai hotel. 165 Le Loi – Phan Thiet. Tel: +84 62.3822705

– Sai Gon Phan Thiet hotel. Add: T21, Nguyen Trai, Phan Thiet. Tel: +8462. 6251229 – 3750173 – 6281602

– Truong Thinh Hotel. Add: Tuyen Quang. Tel: +8462 383 4567

Rates are about +$10/day, including breakfast. 

– Minh Hanh motel. Add: 390 – Thu Khoa Huan. Tel: +8462.3834567. Rate for normal day is about +$10/ double room. 

resort in Mui Ne Vietnam
A resort in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

In Mui Ne

– PinPon Hotels: 233 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Phan Thiet city. Phone: +84 43 978 5397 or +8498 454 4333.

– Su Trang motel: 3b Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 3847 344 

– Vuon Xoai motel: 5 – Nguyen Dinh Chieu street. Tel: +8462 374 1401

– Ngoc Hung motel: 45/4 Nguyen Dinh Chieu. Tel: +84905 187 541


Tent sleeping on beaches

tent sleeping on beach - Things to do in Mui Ne - Phan Thiet
Tent sleeping – An interesting thing to do in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet

Also, Mui Ne has tent service on beaches. Sleeping in tents brings freedom and adventure, or simply helps you save money. You should ask about security on beaches where you will sleep. Some resorts in Mui Ne provide tent sleeping service:

– Thuy Trang resort. Tel: +84 623.849.196. 

– Hon Rom 2 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.828

– Hon Rom 1 resort. Tel : +84 623.848.539 or +84 918.186.047

These resorts are placed on one road. If you come from Phan Thiet city, you will see: Thuy Trang – Hon Rom 2 – Hon Rom 1. 

Renting motor in Mui Ne

The attractions in Mui Ne are far apart, so you should rent a motor to visit all of the sites. Most of hotels in Mui Ne has motor for rent, if not, talk to reception, they will help you. 

If you had motor before going to Mui Ne, you can train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city and send the motor on train. 

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What & Where to eat in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet?

Phan Thiet is coastal city so it’s famous for seafood. If possible, you should buy seafood on the beach from fishermen in the early morning. It’s fresh and tasty. Otherwise, you can eat seafood in restaurants. 

I like Phuong Vy restaurant, that’s spacious and dishes are very delicious. 

Add: 34 – Nguyen Tat Thanh road, Phan Thiet city. Tel: +8462 3 835668

Some other specialties: 

1. Rice paper (Bánh tráng), a dish is very tasty and popular of Phan Thiet. You can enjoy this dish at:

– Intersection of Tran Hung Dao and Thu Khoa Huan streets, near Hoa Nang cafe. 

– Tam Bien junction, near Tieng Xua cafe. 

Specialties in Mui Ne Vietnam
Rice paper

2. Bread soup (bánh canh), a dish is simple and nutritious. 

– Ba Ly restaurant at 566 Tran Hung Dao street, from 16:00

– Restaurant on Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, near SKCB central, from 16h to 19h. 

3. Raw fish (gỏi cá), a must-eat dish in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

Add:

– Pubs are located next to Ca Ty river. 

– Viet Nam Home restaurant at 125 Nguyen Dinh Chieu – Mui Ne – Phan Thiet. 

4. Mi Quang Phan Thiết (Mì Quảng Phan Thiết), a noodle dish, is very “Phan Thiet”. The dish is quite sugary, so you should squeeze more lemon before eating. 

Add:

– 129 Tran Phu, serve in all day. 

– Ba Phuong restaurant lies on Trieu Quang Phuc street, opposite to Tuyen Quang school. 

– Restaurant on Le Hong Phong street, 200m from Phan Boi Chau school gate, only in the morning. 

Mi Quang Phan thiet Vietnam
Mi Quang Phan Thiet

5. Pancake (bánh xèo) is a snack that’s very cheap and tasty. There is 1 street that sells this dish. You can enjoy Pancake at 49 – Tuyen Quang or any restaurant on this street. 

6. Can cake Phan Thiet(bánh căn Phan Thiết) is a snack too that’s sold lots on streets in evening. You can ask taxis to know good places. Some restaurants that I like:

– A sidewalk restaurant near the Phan Thiet market, next to glass shop Eden, only serve in the evening. 

– No. 8 – Hai Thuong Lan Ong. 

7. Banh re (bánh rế Phan Thiết) is a specialty of Phan Thiet. You can buy Banh Re in Phan Thiet market or next to Ca Ty river. 

8. Banh quai vac (bánh quai vạc) is a popular dish that is sold a lot in Doi Duong beach and Phan Thiet market. 

9. Raw snail (gỏi ốc) is a snack sold a lot at Phan Thiet station in the afternoon, from 15h to 19h. 

Raw snail in Mui Ne Phan Thiet Vietnam
Raw snail

10. Squid teeth is a favourite dish of Phan Thiet youth. You can try this dish at Phan Thiet train station, Nguyen Tat Thanh road (the road to go Doi Duong beach) or Vo Thi Sau street.

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Best things to do & to see in Sapa Vietnam. What & where to eat in Sapa?

Sapa is a small town in Lao Cai provine – Vietnam, well-known for cool climate, diverse culture and majestic nature. Coming to Sapa, you will have the chance to relax in the cool climate right in Vietnam, a tropical country, visit villages of ethnic minorities and discover the beauty of majestic nature. 

Top things to do in Sapa - Vietnam
Top things to do in Sapa – Vietnam

Best time to visit Sapa. You can visit all year round, summer is cool, winter is very cold, however,  you will have big cloud formation, and fog covering the town. Each season has its own beauties. According to my Sapa travel experience, you should spend at least 2 days – 1 night, that’s enough time to visit the most attractive sites. Below is my experiences and top things to do in Sapa – Vietnam, hope it will be helpful for your Sapa trip.

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How to get to Sapa town – Vietnam?

There are 2 ways to get to Sapa (assuming you are in Hanoi – Vietnam)

1. You can go by train from Hanoi to Lao Cai city, from $8 to $40, depending on the quality. Then, get a bus or high quality car to Sapa, fares are about $2,5. Total time, from Hanoi to Sapa, is 10 hours (1 night).

You can buy the train tickets at:

– TSC agent (add: 114 Pho Duc Chinh street – Ba Ðinh district – Hanoi): +844-37162868

– Mua Xuan (spring) agent (add: 41 Ma May Street – Hoan Kiem district – Hanoi): +844-39263138 or +844-22109775

– Hanoi train station on Le Duan street. 

2. You can go by high quality buses from Hanoi up to Sapa in about 5-6 hours.

You can buy car tickets of firms: Hai Van (Tel: +84203.872.606), Ha Son (Tel: +844 66.62.62.62), Hung Thanh (Tel: +84989.294.294), VietBus (Tel: +8443-627.27.27), …


Best hotels in Sapa town

Hotel in Sapa vietnam travel guide
Chau Long Hotel in Sapa

2 areas that gather many cheap motels and hotels are Cau May and Fansipan streets. The average prices are from $10 to $20 for normal days, and $15 to 30$ for holidays. You can consider:

– Quoc Thai motel, on Fansipan street, tel: +84203.871384. The price is about $10 for normal days.

– Hoang Phuong motel, 200m from Stone church, close to the Sapa market and Ham Rong mountain. The motel is quiet and affordable, about $15 for normal days, 20$ for holidays. 

– Momisa hotel is close to the market at $15/room/night. Tel:+ 84203 871 262

– Mua Xuan (Spring) hotel is also close to the market and 5 minutes by walk to Stone church. Rooms are good, clean and look to Hoang Lien Son majestic mountains. The prices are $12 for normal day, $16 for weekends and holidays. Tel:+ 84203 871 380

– Co Vuong (Mrs. Vuong) motel is located at 10 – Son Thach street. Prices are around $15 – $18, depending on days. Tel: +841677 604 658

– Khuyen Ngoc motel is located on Xuan Vien street. Quite cheap or you can call to recheck: +84203 872 449

– Little Sapa II hotel and restaurant. Add: 38 – Cau May street, tel: +8420 871238 or +8420 871222. Hotelier (Mr.Dung) is very gentle. You can also call him (+841688 063 526) to book room. The Little Sapa II is located in the heart of Sapa. From here, you can stroll around and visit some famous sites in few minutes.

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Best things to see in Sapa Vietnam

majestic terraces - Top things to do in Sapa - Vietnam
Sapa is famous for majestic terraces

There are many attractions in Sapa, however, there are some main sites that you should not miss: 

– Ethnic Villages: Ta Van village (bản Tả Van), Lao Chai (bản Lao Chải), Cat Cat (bản Cat Cat), Ta Phin (bản Tả Phìn), Sin Chai (bản Sín Chải)

Ta Van and Ta Phin villages have many rice terraces, which are really impressive and majestic. Ta Phin is the village of Dao ethnic. Dao people have a very special service of bathing in herbal leaves, which is believed to be able to help get rid of many diseases. 

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A ethnic village in Sapa

– Ham Rong mountain is a tourist resort, located in the heart of Sapa with many things to see: Ham Rong flowers garden, garden of 12 holy animals, Thach Lam rocks garden,…and the most beautiful place is Ham Rong peak, where you can look down to the entire Sapa

– Waterfalls: Silver (Bạc ) and Love (Tình Yêu ) are 2 most beautiful waterfalls in Sapa. 

– Stone church is the only church in Sapa.


Fares of some attractions in Sapa:

– Ham Rong mountain: $3.5

– Cat Cat village: $2

– Sin Chai village: $1

– Lao Chai – Ta Van – Ho villages: $2

– Ma Tra – Ta Phin villages: $1

– Silver waterfall: $0.5

– Love waterfall: $2

 Fansipan, the highest mountain of Vietnam (3143m). To conquer Fansipan, you either take the newly built cable care or climb on your feet. You must be strong man because the journey is very difficult. You will need 2 days (and 1 night) to climb up the peak. Price for 1 Fansipan conquest tour is around $75 – $100.


What & Where to eat in Sapa?

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Cap nach pig – A specialty of Sapa

Sapa has many specialties:

– Cap nach pig (lợn cắp nách): Small pigs, that you can lift it up with one hand. 

– Black chiken (gà ác): their bones and skin are black.

– Thang Co (thắng cố): this is a dish of Hmong ethic. I really don’t dare to try this dish.

– Bacon (thịt xông khói), a nice dish of ethnics.

– Grilled food in Sapa is really tasty. 

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Black chicken

Best things to do in Sapa (For 2 days – 3 nights)

Night 1 and day 1: take the train to Lao Cai city. At 7am of the next day, you will be at Lao Cai station, catch a bus to Sapa. Next, check in your booked hotel and get going. You should rent a motor (for 2 days), asking your hotel for the shops.

-Morning: go to Ta Van village, visit the ethic houses (if they allow).

– Noon: back to the town for lunch. 

– Afternoon: go to Ta Phin village, try out herbal bath of Dao ethnic and back to the town in evening. 

– Second night: try Thang Co, Cap Nach pig and other specialties of Sapa in cuisine market, then stroll around Sapa lake. 

Top things to do in Sapa - Vietnam
Sapa – Vietnam has many ethnics with diverse cultures

Day 2

– Morning: climb Ham Rong mountain and visit Silver waterfall (by motor). 

– Afternoon: go to Cat Cat village, watch Hmong dance. You must get back to Sapa at around 4pm to return the motor, pack up and catch a bus back to Lao Cai city at 5pm.

Night 3: sleep on the train and dream about Sapa on the way back to Hanoi.

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Best things to do & to see in Dalat – Vietnam. What & where to eat in Dalat?

Dalat is such a romantic and peaceful city. Each visit to Dalat to me just feels like being so lost in Europe. The poetic scenes of immense endless pine forests calm me down. Let’s visit the spectacular Dalat and enjoy the nature or simply to live a bit more slowly.
Based on my personal experiences together with some other reference sources, I will share with you my valuable tips, experiences and top things to do in Dalat, Vietnam. Hope you will also have a great time in this beautiful city.

Top things to do in Dalat - Vietnam
Top things to do in Dalat – Vietnam

How to get to Dalat?

There are two most common ways that people often choose to get to Dalat: by air and high quality buses.

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