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Mui Ne is the best beach getaway from Ho Chi Minh City. With its golden beaches, blazing red sand dunes and famous fishing village, it’s one of Vietnam’s most exciting destinations. If the fascinating busy boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City have you craving the laid-back life, Mui Ne is the perfect solution.
For the 220km (137 mile) journey to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City, you have four options:
Pro Tip: Sometimes Ho Chi Minh City is referred to as HCMC or Saigon. All names refer to the same city, and are completely interchangeable.
While Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting extravaganza of busy streets, non-stop nightlife and endless street food, Mui Ne is much more relaxed and laid-back. For many Ho Chi Minh City residents Mui Ne is a common getaway, as it’s a complete contrast to the big city’s bustling metropolis. Because of that, visiting both places is an excellent way to experience the contrasting sides of Vietnamese life - and this journey is a quick and easy way to do it!
If you travel by bus, minivan or car to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City, the first part of your adventure will be escaping the chaos and craziness of Ho Chi Minh City’s roads. With herds of motorbikes, gargantuan gridlocks and non-existent traffic rules which seem to work in spite of themselves, it’s an adventure of its own.
Once you emerge out of the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City’s center, you’ll spot smaller towns, working farms and roadside food stops. As the journey continues, the surroundings become more humble, as the land eventually makes way to the shore.
When you first spot the shore, you’ll get an exciting insight into the adventure in store. Crashing shores, golden sands and flaming-red sand dunes, it’s one of the most beautiful seaside stops in the whole of South East Asia.
If you travel by train to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll be treated to much the same sights, but without the experience of weaving through the madness of Ho Chi Minh City’s busy roads.
The fastest route to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City is by either Comfort Car, Luxury Minivan or train. Of these, the train is the most affordable. If you take the train, you have two options: Sleeping Train and Second Class Train.
Of these two options, the most affordable and appropriate is the Second Class Train. It’s cheaper, and you enjoy the journey on a seat rather than in a bed. The Second Class Train to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City takes around 4 hours and costs $15.
The cheapest way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City is by Local Sleeping Bus, provided by Hanh Cafe. This bus takes around 5 hours and costs around $7. Some journeys take place during the day, while others occur during the night. For all journeys, your ticket entitles you to a bed (akin to a reclining seat) rather than a standard seat.
The most popular way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City is by Luxury Minivan by G5Car. The journey takes 4 hours and costs around $16. With WiFi, incredibly comfortable seats and charging points, it’s a ludicrously luxurious choice.
Buses are an excellent and affordable way to get from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne. If you want to save money, this is your best option.
Some buses have beds while others have seats.
While some buses are a basic (but comfortable!) option, others have WiFi, charging points, snacks and blankets.
None of the buses have onboard toilets. Instead, they make toilet stops along the way.
Taking a car to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City is a luxurious choice, with lots of comfort and convenience.
If you travel by car, you can choose either to purchase one individual seat, or hire a full car with your traveling party. If you choose the latter of these two options you can choose your own departure and arrival times - and you can stop en-route whenever you like!
Some cars offer WiFi, charging points and refreshments.
Taking a minivan to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City offers lots of options for comfort and convenience.
Again, as with a car, you can choose either to purchase a single seat, or hire a full minivan with the people you’re traveling with.
With some minivans, you can choose your own departure times. Some minivans offer WiFi, charging points and refreshments.
Taking a train to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City can be a really fun experience. And it’s also pretty fast!
All trains have onboard toilets and usually offer refreshments. Some tickets entitle you to a bed, while others entitle you to a standard seat.
There are around 82 total journeys leaving from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne each day. You can also book a private transfer whenever you like, so your options are pretty much endless!