Should You Bother Visiting The Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam?
Mui Ne, Vietnam was once a quiet fishing village about 200 km east of Saigon. Now it's a bustling beach resort, which attracts Vietnamese weekenders from Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Russian, Korean, and Chinese vacationer, and some backpackers on the Vietnam Open Bus Tour trail.
The opposite huge vacationer activity in Mui Ne is a Mui Ne sand dunes tour.
There are units of Mui Ne dunes: the white sand dunes and the red sand dunes. You possibly can probably guess what colour each of them is!
The white sand dunes Mui Ne are an unlimited expanse of white sand, sculpted into rolling dunes by the ever-altering winds.
The red dunes, regardless of their hanging colour, are less impressive. Households with young kids will benefit from the chance to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.
Most people go to on a gaggle tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. But, as we discovered, we would probably have enjoyed the Mui Ne sand dunes if we had chosen differently.
Read on to seek out out…
Take a Private Mui Ne Tour
For the perfect expertise of the sand dunes, don’t book into a group jeep tour with all the other tourists. For those who do, you’ll be caught on someone else’s schedule and end up either waiting or feeling rushed (or each). Our tour started with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — earlier than sunrise — waiting for we-know-not-what.
The wait meant that the driver careened alongside the roadways and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, but we additionally missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!
Later, we sat for half an hour on the end of every tour stop, waiting for a couple who decided to disregard the set meeting time and roll in at any time when they felt like it. Super annoying!
Skip Sunrise & Sunset at the Mui Ne Sand Dunes
Some travellers swear by their sunrise journey experiences. At touristy places like Angkor Wat, Mount Bromo, and the Mui Ne sand dunes, everybody feels compelled to assemble at these appointed times to watch the sun do the identical thing it does each single day.
Sure, you get stunning light and dramatic pictures. But you also get thrown together with hordes of other vacationers who utterly highjack and detract from the experience.
I’d relatively have a better experience and worse footage!
(I do know that attitude is why we don’t have 1,000,000 followers on Instagram however it’s true nonetheless).
Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all of the early vacationers have gone house, and you get some of the world’s most spectacular monuments to yourself. Regardless of skipping sunrise, we think our images in each Angkor Wat and Mount Bromo turned our pretty well!
Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes only costs a number of dollars but what no one tells you is that if you arrive on the dunes, just before sunrise, you’ll should pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you throughout the dunes to the perfect sunrise-viewing spot. When you like, you can even hire a 4-wheel ATV to tear up the dunes.