Mui ne

After Nha Trang, We travelled onwards to Phan Thiet (via Binh Thuan station) and stopped a few days in Mui Ne, a small coastal town which is 200 kms north of Ho Chi Minh and is very famous for its dunes overlooking the bay.

The harbor and the center are not very interesting other than an early walk around the fish market on the beach, the beaches in this area are very dirty and often strewn with plastic and old fishing nets and lines.. Cleaner beaches can be found around the big hotels to the north and south of the fishing village.

The surroundings areas of Mui Ne are a real change of scenery and there are at least three beautiful sites to visit without going too far

– The “Fairy Stream” which looks like a miniaturized version of the grand canyon where you work your way up the stream bare foot to a small surrounded by natural red and white sand formations to the water fall . the water flowing stream is refreshing and easy for children to walk in (maximum water depth 30 cm) with a soft sandy bed,  it was a real pleasure to walk in the dream on such a hot day.. the landscape on one side is green palms and grass land and the opposite side white sandstone cliffs and dunes that has an ocher and orange tincture, it’s beautiful!

– The Orange Sand Dunes. The closest to the city, (2 kms). the dunes cover a large area, but most visitors only venture into the first few Dunes.. Unlike the Dune du Pilat in France, these dunes are slightly inland and do not drop off to the sea.

as soon as you drive at the dunes you will be mobbed by kids trying to rent out their Dune sledges (long sections of Lino with a rope) we didn’t take them up on their offer , preferring to go old school rolling, running, jumping and sliding down the dunes like a set of nutters and use they saved many to by some ice-cream for the girls 😉 .

Tip: arrive early in the morning or when the sun goes down, because in between, you risk burning your feet !!

– The white sand dunes. 20 minutes taxi rie from the center of Mui Ne, (the taxi cost us 26€ return trip, it may have been cheeper to take an half day 4X4 tour of both dunes) . the white dunes are pretty spectacular, but due to the tons of 4X4’s and quads zooming about all over the dunes the magic was broken a little bit.. so our preference went to the more peaceful and colorful orange sand dunes.

 

Après Nha Trang, nous sommes descendus en train jusqu’à Binh Thuan pour s’arrêter quelques jours à Mui Ne. C’est une petite ville cotière qui se trouve à 200 kms d’Ho Chi Minh et qui est très célèbre pour ses dunes qui surplombent la baie.

Le port et le centre n’ont pas grand intérêt, et la plage est très sale, par contre les environs de Mui Ne sont un réel dépaysement et on y trouve au moins trois belles merveilles à visiter:

–  La Rivière “Fairy Stream”, dite “Source aux Fées”. Il s’agit d’un canyon à visiter, les pieds dans l’eau (hauteur d’eau maxi 30 cm) et c’est un vrai plaisir de marcher avec cette chaleur! L’originalité est cette roche sableuse qui a une teinture ocre et orangée, c’est magnifique!

– La Dune de sable orange. La plus proche de la ville, à seulement 2 kms. C’est énorme!

A la différence de la Dune du Pilat en France, il n’y a pas une baisse du terrain vers la mer. Dans ces collines de sable, vous pouvez aussi pratiquer de la luge. Petit conseil : arriver tôt le matin ou lorsque le soleil se couche, car entre les deux, vous risquez de vous brûler les pannards !!

– La Dune de sable blanc. A 20 minutes du centre de Mui Ne, avec un lac à proximité. Même si celle-ci est belle, elle est à notre goût moins spectaculaire que la première, et de plus elle est assez bruyante avec tous les quads et les 4×4 qui vont dans tous les sens!

Le port de Mui Ne

Dunes de sable orange

Retour de pêche

Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream

Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream
Fairy Stream vue du drone
Fairy Stream

Dunes de sable blanc
Dunes de sable blanc
Quads et 4×4 dans les Dunes de sable blanc
Cache-cache dans les Dunes de sable blanc
Dunes de sable blanc
Petite frayeur en chemin…
Dunes de sable blanc
… Reviens Marguerite!!
Marguerite… Y a tes copines qui t’appellent!
Etang jouxtant les Dunes de sable blanc
Smiley de très haut!

 

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