Transportation in Mui Ne

The train journey to Mui Ne is scenic
The train journey to Mui Ne is scenic

The easiest way to get to Mui Ne is by open tour bus from Saigon. There is a train station at nearby Phan Thiet, but trains are irregular and slow, and you’d need to negotiate a taxi fare for the last 20kms (around US$7) so it’s easier in this case to go by road.

The journey takes three to four hours depending on the traffic, and buses pull up beside guest houses to which they are affiliated in Mui Ne. These are also who to contact for booking onward journeys up ordown the coast.

Generally Sinh Café buses drop off passengers by their office in the Mui Ne Resort and Hanh Café stop at their office one kilometre west of Hoi Tinh Pagoda.

Buses going south to Ho Chi Minh City normally depart at 01:00 and 13:00, as do buses travelling north to Nha Trang. Buses moving towards Da Lat tend to depart at 07:30, but contact the number above to be certain of timetables and prices.

A new coast road heading north out of Mui Ne means that if you are continuing your journey by open-tour bus further northward, you’ll have some picturesque views for the first hour till joining Highway 1.

If you are confident on a motorbike, it might be worth hiring one in Ho Chi Minh City, as the ride is not terribly long, and you’d then have your own transport to explore the area. If you take a public bus from Saigon then you will be dropped in Phan Thiet and will have to arrange additional transport from there.

Getting around Mui Ne

Many visitors are content to limit their range of movement between the bungalow, the beach and the restaurant of their resort, in which case feet are all you need and strolling around the area is a fun way to pass the time.

If you plan to go any further afield, distances are stretched out, so you’d do well to rent a bicycle (about US$2 a day) or a motorbike (about US$6-$7 a day). There isn’t a lot of traffic in Mui Ne apart from the tourists, and it’s one of the few places in Vietnam where renting a bicycle makes sense, as no local attractions are far away.

If you’d rather sit back and let someone else do the driving, call Mae Linh Taxisor flag down a motorbike taxi along the strip.