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Should You Trouble Visiting The Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam?

Should You Trouble Visiting The Mui Ne Sand Dunes In Vietnam?

Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a spot for a spectacular trip right into a wonder of nature? Or are they just a cheesy tourist trap? Read on to find the professionals and cons of visiting the sand dunes in Mui Ne.


mui ne dunes tour Ne, Vietnam was a quiet fishing village about 200 km east of Saigon. Now it is a bustling beach resort, which attracts Vietnamese weekenders from Ho Chi Minh City, Russian, Korean, and Chinese tourist, and some backpackers on the Vietnam Open Bus Tour trail.

The opposite huge vacationer exercise in Mui Ne is a Mui Ne sand dunes tour.

There are two sets of Mui Ne dunes: the white sand dunes and the red sand dunes. You may probably guess what colour every of them is!

The white sand dunes Mui Ne are an enormous expanse of white sand, sculpted into rolling dunes by the ever-changing winds.

The red dunes, regardless of their placing color, are less impressive. Families with younger children will benefit from the probability to fling themselves down the red dunes on plastic toboggans though.

Most people visit on a group tour arranged at their Mui Ne hostel or hotel in Mui Ne and we did the same. But, as we found out, we'd most likely have loved the Mui Ne sand dunes if we had chosen differently.

Read on to find out…

Take a Private Mui Ne Tour
For the perfect experience of the sand dunes, don’t book into a bunch jeep tour with all the opposite tourists. In case you do, you’ll be stuck on someone else’s schedule and find yourself either waiting or feeling rushed (or each). Our tour began with 20 minutes sitting by the side of the road in Mui Ne — before sunrise — waiting for we-know-not-what.

The wait meant that the driver careened along the roadmethods and at dangerously high speeds to get us to the dunes for sunrise. We survived, just, but we also missed sunrise by about 20 minutes!

Later, we sat for half an hour on the finish of every tour stop, ready for a couple who determined to disregard the set meeting time and roll in every time 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, everyone feels compelled to collect at these appointed occasions to look at the sun do the same thing it does each single day.

Yes, you get lovely light and dramatic pictures. However you additionally get thrown along with hordes of other vacationers who fully highjack and detract from the experience.

I’d rather have a greater expertise and worse pictures!

(I do know that angle is why we don’t have 1,000,000 followers on Instagram but it’s true nonetheless).

Arrive about an hour after sunrise, when all the early tourists have gone house, and also you get some of the world’s most spectacular monuments to yourself. Regardless of skipping sunrise, we think our pictures in each Angkor Wat and Mount Bromo turned our fairly well!

Don’t Destroy the Dunes
A tour to the white sand dunes only costs a number of dollars however what no one tells you is that while you arrive at the dunes, just before sunrise, you’ll must pay an additional $10 for a Jeep to drive you throughout the dunes to the perfect sunrise-viewing spot. If you like, you can too rent a 4-wheel ATV to rip up the dunes.

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