Mui Ne is a beach town located about six hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City – though the length of the trip really depends on how fast the driver wants to go, and how many rest stops he makes (usually too many).
Mui Ne is stretched out along the beach, its one road packed with restaurants, convenience stores and guesthouses. Beach access from the road can be a little tricky, since there aren’t any public accessways and the guesthouses and hotels don’t really like you walking through their property. Beachfront bar Wax has a walkway that you can always use, but it’s not very useful if you’re staying 2km down the road.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink, and most of it is good quality. Almost every restaurant has an extensive menu featuring Vietnamese, Thai and Western food; pizza is readily available and there’s an excellent Indian restaurant at the western end of town.
Many tourists come to Mui Ne to windsurf or kitesurf, we’d planned to but it turned out to be outside our budget – and anyway, the weather wasn’t the best. We did enjoy getting caught in a couple of sudden downpours that flooded the road and made getting home an adventure – but I suppose that’s par for the course in the rainy season!