how to go from Ho Chi Min to Mui Ne

How to Go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

The beach resort and fishing village of Mui Ne is a great escape from Ho Chi Minh city.  We’ve dropped in here each time we’ve been in Saigon and it’s glorious.  You can head to the tourist strip of Ham Tien or head to the quieter resort area of the Mui Ne peninsular, there’s something for everyone here.  This guide covers you whether you’re going from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne or Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh as you’ll need to know the best way to travel between these two destinations.  There are several options for transport between Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne, but what’s the best way to go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne?  And what are the options for traveling to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh?  Here’s our guide on how to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh

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Where is Mui Ne

The coastal fishing area of Mui Ne is in south-central Binh Thuan province.  It is sometimes referred to as Phan Thiet.  The names Phan Thiet, Ham Tien, Mui Ne, and Mui Ne beach are all used interchangeably to refer to the same area by visitors, however, they are distinctly different.

Phan Thiet is a city, with about 400,000 residents.   It covers about a 60-kilometer stretch of coastline.  It includes the built-up area that you’ll see on Google Maps called Phu Thuy.  The area right on the coast from Phuy Thuy along to Hon Rom to the east is generally known as Mui Ne.

There are a couple of distinct areas where you’ll want to head to.  Ham Tien (often called Mui Ne) and Rang Beach (often called Mui Ne Beach).  The area from the east of  Phu Thuy right along to the peninsular is generally known as Mui Ne.

Ham Tien is where the main tourist and visitor action is.  This 10-kilometer stretch of Rang Beach contains all the kite surfing, spas, beach bars, shops, places to eat, and places to stay.  However, there’s not much (if any) sand here, so don’t expect a sandy beach.  Ham Tien is where the Mui Ne Fairy Stream is, it’s one of the most popular things to see and do in Mui Ne.

Further to the east along the coast beyond Ham Tien is Mui Ne.  This is the coastal fishing village of Mui Ne.  And then around the peninsular is the village of Hon Rom – which is small and local and doesn’t have tourist facilities.

You’ll find beaches, restaurants, and resorts on Ganh and Suoi Nuoc beaches in Mui Ne.  If you don’t want to stay on the busy tourist strip that is Ham Tien (although busy isn’t Nha Trang busy, then come to this part of Mui Ne.

Mui Ne is where the red sand dunes of Mui Ne are located – they’re on a hill between Mui and Hon Rom.  If you’re looking for the white sand dunes, then they’re 23 kilometers north of Mui Ne.

Mui Ne is 220 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and our guide for the best things to do in Mui Ne is here.

Where to Stay in Mui Ne

There are some great places to stay in Mui Ne– here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Mui Ne, mid-range places to stay in Mui Ne, and budget accommodation in Mui Ne.

Cham Villas Boutique Luxury Resort, Mui Ne: The Cham Villas Boutique Luxury Resort while located in central Mui Ne, provides a quiet oasis perfect for. This gorgeous Mui Ne resort features six beachfront villas with direct views of the sea and 12 garden villas.  Each villa at this luxury Mui Ne resort is equipped with a private bathroom with a sunken bathtub and shower with a view of a small private garden, air-conditioning, cable flat TV, an in-room safe, a seating area, and free WiFi access. Enjoy both Vietnamese and international cuisine at the Cham Garden Restaurant and a relaxing dining experience at the Beach bar. The resort has an open-air spa, and both an indoor and outdoor pool. The Cham Villas Boutique Resort in Mui Ne is a fantastic place for a perfectly relaxing stay when in Mui Ne. Check rates and availability here.

Bamboo Village Beach Resort, Mui Ne: The Bamboo Village Beach Resort in Mui Ne is a lush green escape located right in the heart of Mui Ne. Each room at this mid-range resort in Mui Ne is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk, a private balcony, a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, an in-room safe, a mini-bar, and air conditioning. The Mui Ne resort has a restaurant and a bar. There are also barbeque facilities, an exercise area, a garden, a karaoke, a sauna, a yoga room, and an outdoor swimming pool. Relax also at the Water Lily Spa, where they blend traditional and modern treatments. There are also laundry, a library, and a food delivery service. The Bamboo Village Beach Resort is an ideal place to stay for a mix of fun and relaxation when visiting Mui Ne. See rates and availability here.

Ananda Resort, Mui Ne: The Ananda Resort in Mui Ne is situated right in central Mui Ne. Available in all rooms are air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a balcony, a private open-roof bathroom, a desk, a mini-bar, and complimentary WiFi. Enjoy good food and a view at their restaurant and their bar. Barbeque facilities, a garden, an outdoor pool, a bowling alley, and water sports equipment rentals are also available. This excellent value resort also has a private beach. The Ananda Resort is a budget-friendly escape in busy Mui Ne. Read more reviews and check room rates and availability here.

How to Go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne – Transport Options

There’s no way to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne, there is a train station in Phan Thiet, about 15 kilometers from Mui Ne, and there are buses.  The TLDR is that the cheapest way to travel to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City is to take a bus.

In this guide on how to go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne, we’ll cover the fastest way to travel go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne, the easiest way to go to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh, and the cheapest way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh, as well as the most fun way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh.  Our guide on the best things to do in Mui Ne is here.

How to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City

For transport from Mui Ne to Ho Chi Minh, then you have several options.  You can take a direct bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet and then transfer by bus or taxi to Mui Ne.  You can also take a private transfer or minivan from HCMC to Mui Ne.  You can rent a car and drive from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne and you can also rent a motorbike and ride to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh.

The Bus from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

It’s about 220 kilometers by road from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne.  And the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne is the cheapest way to go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne.  There are (depending on the season) 18 direct buses a day that go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne.   The bus to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh takes from 4.5 hours to 6 hours.  The time difference depends on the time of day the bus departs and the size of the bus.  Smaller minivans travel quicker than larger sleeper buses. 

The buses that run this route are either minivans, limousine buses, or sleeper buses, which are great for getting your legs up, so long as you’re not too tall.  You’ll need to check-in for your bus journey between 30 and 60 minutes before departure.  The check-in time depends on the company and the details will be marked on your ticket.  Depending on which bus service you use your pick up and drop off will be different, so check when you book your ticket.   Each of the different bus companies in Vietnam has different “offices” and “bus stations” in Ho Chi Minh City and Mui Ne.  In Ho Chi Minh City they are “more or less” in the same place, but they can be quite spaced out in Mui Ne.

You don’t need to print a ticket for the bus from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne, you can use an electronic ticket from your online bus booking from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne.

This is the cheapest way to go to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh

Online booking of buses to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh lets you select which seats you want.

There are EIGHTEEN buses that you can book to go to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh.  They leave Ho Chi Minh from 6:30 am until 11 pm.

Check QUICKER minivan times, seats, and prices from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Nehere

The most comfortable buses are the limousine buses – and you can check the rates here (and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much comfort you get for the price!)

Check SLEEPER seat bus prices and times from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne here.

Taxi from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

If you don’t want the hassle of getting to the bus station, waiting for check-in, and getting dropped at a bus station in Mui where you might need a taxi to get to your resort or accommodation, then a taxi from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui is your best option.  A Taxi to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh City can take as little as 3 hours and 20 minutes.  And they’ll pick you up from your hotel and drop you at your hotel.

If there are 3 or four of you then this is a fabulous option and you can check the prices here.

Train from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

You can take a train to Mui Ne, by taking the train from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet.  Then you’ll need to take a bus or a taxi to Mui Ne.

There are usually 2 trains a day from Ho Chi Minh to Binh Thuan / Phan Thiet

The train from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet takes 4 hours.  There are first and second-class seats on the train. You can check the times here.  .  All options have A/C.  Check availability and times on Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet trains here.

Ride a Motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

One of the best ways to explore Vietnam is to rent a motorbike for the duration of your stay.  It’s such a recognized way of traveling in Vietnam that there are lots of one-way drop-offs available.  It used to be that you had to buy a bike and sell it at the other end.  No more.

There’s an awesome service called Bikesbooking, where you can rent a bike or scooter.  (You can even rent a bicycle if you’re wanting a lot more exercise).  Put your travel dates in here and check out the rates for renting a motorbike and using a bike to explore the route between Ho Chi Minh and Mui Ne – and the rest of Vietnam.

The quickest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

The quickest way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh is to take a taxi or private transfer.  It takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to drive to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh and you can book a car from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne here.

The easiest way to go to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh

The easiest way to get from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne is to take a private transfer or taxi, you can check the prices of taxis from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne here.

The cheapest way to go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

The cheapest way to get to Mui Ne from Ho Chi Minh is to take a bus, – reserve your seats here.

The best way to go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

Well, now this depends.  If you want speed, then a private taxi is the best way to go to Mui Ne from HCMC, if you want cheap then the sleeper buses are for you. 

Other key routes to travel in Vietnam

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Vietnam? Our guide to Vietnam transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Vietnam, your options, and how we did it.

Travel Tips for Exploring Vietnam

Final Words on How to Go from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne

Traveling from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne in Central Vietnam is a quick and easy journey.  The only regular option not available to you is to fly.  So choose from a limousine bus, a taxi, a sleeper bus, or the train.  For the more adventurous, rent a motorbike and come on down to Mui Ne.

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