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1st Time in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne - What to Do

Phan Thiet and Mui Ne Survival Guide

Planning a holiday to Phan Thiet can be challenging, especially for first-time visitors. Also commonly known as Mui Ne, this coastal town is located 200 km north of Ho Chi Minh City and features many unique natural landscapes and traditional lifestyle. There are also resort-style developments along the coastline, where you can enjoy a variety of water sports as well as restaurants offering fresh seafood at very affordable prices.

Check out our Mui Ne survival guide below, where we’ve listed some of our favourite attractions, restaurants, shopping venues, hotels, and places to unwind in the evening.

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Phan Thiet and Mui Ne At a Glance

Phan Thiet is divided into two areas, which are the city centre and Mui Ne Beach. Phan Thiet city is great for experiencing the local lifestyle, as you can explore traditional markets, local restaurants, and Buddhist pagodas that are over 100 years old. The beach is highly popular amongst travellers thanks to beach resorts and hotels, retail and souvenir outlets. Mui Ne Beach is also the premier destination in Southeast Asia for kitesurfing.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT PHAN THIET:
  • Peaceful and laidback setting
  • Very clean beaches
  • Plenty of recreational activities by the beach
  • Good mix of restaurants and bars
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
  • Beaches are packed during weekends and holidays
  • Not many shopping choices
  • Places of interest are far apart

Things You Can Do in Phan Thiet

Mui Ne and Phan Thiet are known for their stunning beaches, tropical forest and sand dunes. There are also ancient structures such as the Po Shanu Cham Towers and Van Thuy Tu Temple, but they’re relatively far from the city centre, so you may need to rent a motorcycle or join a tour to get there. However, the iconic Red Sand Dunes are only 5km away from Mui Ne Beach, where you can ride ATVs and slide down the slopes on plastic sleds.

  • Mui Ne Beach

    Mui Ne is Phan Thiet’s most prominent coastal resort town, spanning 15 kilometres of sandy beaches that are lined with Read More»

  • The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne

    The Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are two geological wonders no visitor should ever miss out on their travel itinerary. There are Read More»

  • Phan Thiet Central Market

    Phan Thiet Central Market is the largest of its kind in Mui Ne, hosting hundreds of stalls selling household items, Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Phan Thiet

Phan Thiet’s local markets are where you can shop for local produce and Vietnamese dishes such as fish pho, banh xeo, and spring rolls. You won’t find multi-storey shopping malls or fancy boutiques in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne. There are a handful of retail stores along Mui Ne Beach that sell local handicrafts, imported beachwear brands, and beach essentials such as sunscreen and sunglasses.

  • Phan Thiet Central Market

    Phan Thiet Central Market is the largest of its kind in Mui Ne, hosting hundreds of stalls selling household items, Read More»

  • Mui Ne Handicraft

    Mui Ne Handicraft offers a wide selection of beautiful mementos made by disadvantaged locals. Open since 2008, there’s Read More»

  • Ham Tien Market

    Ham Tien Market, set along Nguyen Dinh Chieu in Phan Thiet Town, is at its busiest between 06:00 and 09:00, where you Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Phan Thiet

Nightlife in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet is very relaxed. Many hotel bars, late-night restaurants, and hippy lounges are located on Mui Ne Beach. These venues attract travellers with friendly service and reasonably-priced drinks and food. During popular holidays such as New Year’s Eve or Christmas, you can enjoy vibrant parties, cultural nights, movie screenings, bonfires, dance performances, and guest DJs.

  • Deja Vu Restaurant & Bar Mui Ne

    Deja Vu Restaurant & Bar Mui Ne offers nightly traditional, jazz and rock music performances, paired with lots of Read More»

  • Jibe's Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne

    Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne is set along a private beach within Full Moon Village Phan Thiet, hosting rooftop parties and Read More»

  • Dragon Beach Bar

    Dragon Beach Bar is arguably one of the most popular nightlife venues on Mui Ne Beach, attracting a crowd of locals, Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like in Phan Thiet

Restaurants in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne offer not only authentic regional dishes and fresh seafood from the East Sea, but also cuisines from all over the world. Affordable local eateries and markets are mostly located in Phan Thiet City Centre. Travellers looking to splurge on a romantic dinner by the beach can head to Mui Ne Beach, where they can find expat-owned restaurants and luxury resorts with beachfront dining venues.

  • Breeze Restaurant & Bar at Mui Ne Hills Resort

    Breeze Restaurant & Bar, set within Mui Ne Hills Resort, offers a casual dining experience with expansive views of Read More»

  • Sandals at Mia Resort Mui Ne

    Sandals is an all-day dining venue within Mia Resort Mui Ne, featuring an array of authentic Asian and western dishes, Read More»

  • Jibe's Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne

    Jibe’s Suoi Nuoc Mui Ne is set along a private beach within Full Moon Village Phan Thiet, hosting rooftop parties and Read More»

Hotels in Phan Thiet We Recommend to Our Friends

Phan Thiet and Mui Ne have a good mix of hotels with clean rooms, diverse dining options, and easy access to popular landmarks. Mui Ne Beach is home to many five-star beachfront resorts, while mid-range and budget hotels are found within the town centre. We’ve compiled three of our favourite places to stay in Phan Thiet, each catering to different budget levels and preferences.

Anantara Muine Resort & Spa

Set on Mui Ne’s pristinely sweeping beach, Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa is an oasis of elegance and comfort offering a unique Read More...

Mia Resort Mui Ne

Mia Resort Mui Ne is a small and exclusive boutique resort located in the centre of Mui Ne, in the Binh Thuan province, and is a Read More...

Van Nguyen Minihouse

With a stay at Van Nguyen Minihouse in Phan Thiet, you'll be near the beach and convenient to Mui Ne Market and Mui Ne Sand Read More...

 

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