Mũi Né, a coastal resort town near Ho Chi Minh City

Mũi Né, a coastal resort town near Ho Chi Minh City

Mũi Né is a coastal resort town ne Ho Chi Minh City. Tourism has transformed Mũi Né into a resort destination since 1995, when many visited to view the solar eclipse of October 24, 1995. Mũi Né has many resorts on the beach, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes. Mũi Né is a popular destination for Russian tourists, and many of the restaurants and resorts are Russian-owned.

Mũi Né Beach is a popular tropical beach. Strong sea breezes make it very popular for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The tourist season is from December to May. The average temperature is 27°C, and the climate is hot and dry for most of the year.

The formerly little-inhabited beach south of the fishing village of Mui Ne proper has seen some serious development in the last 15 years. Now it is a 15 km long strip of resorts that line up like pearls, shaded by coconut palms.

At the shoreline, nature moves the sand around, much to the dismay of some developers. Beach sand tends to migrate up and down the coast seasonally, leaving some (but not all) spots with just a concrete breakwater rather than sandy beach. There is always a good sandy beach somewhere along this 15 km beach. Accommodations at higher addresses tend to be smaller and less expensive, somewhat removed from the main tourist section and more mixed in with local life.

A few bargain hotels have popped up on the inland side of the road, across from the shoreline resorts. If you stay on the inland side, you will need to pass though one of the resorts to reach the beach, which might or might not result in some hassle from the guards. The resorts jealously guard their lounge chairs and palapas, though the beach itself is open to everyone.

Mui Ne has become very popular with Russian tourists, even more than Nha Trang. Both English and Russian menus are common in many restaurants, and many stores and hotels are now advertising and catering specifically for the Russian tourists, especially along the lowered numbered area of the strip.


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