I have a lot of interaction with some of the top guys in tourism in Vietnam (I live here and from time to time play golf with at least two Vietnamese guys who are friends of the president of Vietnam and at the top in VN tourism).
When we have discussions, I try to show them continually how Vietnam is not competitive. Many hotels in Brisbane or Surfers Paradise are cheaper than HCMC hotels! It's staggering Vietnam is 3rd world (infra structure is shocking-eg HCMC has just had floods with knee deep water in district one.Every time they flood disease spreads because the outdated sewer chaels mix with the flood waters). However even Greg says kitesurfing lessons are cheaper in Australia, a developed country with great infrastructure. With the Barrier Reef, Whitsundies, Daintree Rainforest, Kakadu, Sydney harbour, professional tourism and exchange rate of 1AUD= 1USD60-65c Australia is looking better every day!
Go there just for the dunes
- photo I took in 2006.
Dunes look similar colour to Ayers Rock Ali- Awesome photo
Mui Ne is a nice place although make sure you check out MUi Ne the town on about '10 k's past the Resorts.
Windchamps is a good value resort, should be able to haggle a $25 beachfront unit this time of year.
Check out Johnny Tuck down at the Hot Rock Cafe and if you need to Hire a bike just ask one of the Locals for Hieb.
Great place to stay is the Vietnam - Austria House (Nhu Huong). It's slap bang in the middle of the strip...waterfront. Absolute waterfront rooms are very inexpensive.
Mui Ne is pretty good, it is famous for its red sands and its white sand dunes, the white sand dunes are a bit out of town, about an hour by motorbike, but you get a little less hassle than at the red sand dunes.
The red sand dunes can get packed with kids selling stuff.
If you need a hotel, tell the bus driver you don't have a hotel booked and they will usually drop you of somewhere cheap.
Last time I went I got a good hotel for 7USD, it was right on the beach, nice accomodation although no TV in my room!
There are some pictures and writings about Mui Ne at,
There is no doubt that Mui ne in Phan Thiet is a famous beachs in Vietnam. Tourists will feel much more comfortable in Mui Ne than in Nha Trang or Vung Tau as it is still natural and less visited. In my opinion, It is a truly sandy beach for relaxing.
Forum adnmin #27 and #28 seem to be blatant insider advertising.
I have heard bad reports about