Mui Ne has accommodation for everyone, from dorm beds available for less than US$10 a night for the backpackers, to resort bungalows costing over US$300 a night for those looking for a tranquil escape. Here are our favourite hostels and hotels in this coastal city, for the budget-conscious, mid-range, and upscale travellers.
Mui Ne Backpacker Village
This hostel is the brainchild of Vietnamese-born Thuy and her Australian husband John, who have amassed over 10 years of experience hosting backpackers. Their aim was to create a home away from home for travellers who have left behind what they are used to, so they can explore another corner of the world, thousands of miles from home. Cleanliness, comfort, and convenience are three things you will expect here, not to mention all the socialising. You will meet people from all walks of life and will probably end up joining someone for the rest of their journey. Facilities include an outdoor tropical-style pool with a volleyball net, and a bar/restaurant where you can try your hand at a game of pool. The Mui Ne Backpacker Village is also just about a 100 yards (90 metres) to the main beach and Surfpoint Kiteboarding Center where you can learn some kitesurfing!
Joe's Cafe Boutique
Joe’s Café Boutique is a centrally situated boutique hotel for the budget-conscious traveller. You will have easy access to the beach, cafes, restaurants, and nightlife, but really you can just stay within the premises at all times because it’s all right there. This place has 12 bungalows and rooms surrounding a seaside pool by the famous Joe’s Café that is known to serve the best burgers and spaghetti in town, and awesome Mexican food. All bungalows have private balconies with hammocks, and access to the beach here depends on the season as the waves can get quite harsh. Joe’s expanded to Joe’s Café Seaside Boutique, which is only 200 or so yards away, which features a large swimming pool, a beautiful garden and a private beach you can access all year round. Nearby is also Flyboard, a kitesurfing venue, so you will have everything you could possibly want in a little seaside fishing village like Mui Ne. If you’re looking for affordable comfort, Joe’s Café is where it’s at.
Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel
Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel is a part of the Mui Ne Hills Hotels franchise that offers three different venues for different kinds of travellers – all located very close to each other, centrally in Mui Ne. Plenty of shops, cafes, dining, and nightlife venues are nearby, and within a five- to 10-minute walk is beautiful Ham Tien beach. Mui Ne Hills Budget Hotel has spacious, clean, and modern rooms at extremely affordable prices. You will have access to the swimming pool by the on-site bar/restaurant, and guests can also enjoy a relaxing barbecue or spend some quiet time reading in the library, or by the pool under the sun. You choose. The reception desk also offers tours.
Sand Dunes Beach Resort & Spa
Sand Dunes Beach Resort & Spa is located on a marvellous stretch of unspoiled white sand and offers guests the whole package. Not only does this resort have its own private beach area, but it is right next to the red sand dunes. The location may be a little far from the main area of town though, but that’s what makes the resort a fantastic retreat. You can book either a room, suite or a bungalow, and each come with the necessary amenities to keep you comfortable. The outdoor pool surrounded by greenery is a great place to cool off in the mid-day sun with a pina colada in hand, and if you want to sunbathe, just walk a few steps and you will be at the beach. Just choose which parasol you want to lie under and be lazy. The on-site restaurant serves a delicious Asian fusion menu along with other international cuisines, so you don’t have to venture out in search of food. You can enjoy your day doing almost nothing, without having to go anywhere far, and to top it off, get a nice full body massage at the spa.
Sailing Bay Beach Resort
This resort is one of the fancier ones in Mui Ne. With a premier location boasting a pristine stretch of white sandy beach and beautiful blue waters, the Sailing Bay Beach Resort is an ideal getaway for those looking for one in a tropical paradise. This 4-star resort has modern, clean, and spacious rooms with unbeatable and undisturbed views of the sea, and excellent hotel facilities such as a giant blue pool, luxury spa, fitness centre, tennis court, bar and restaurant. The service here is exceptional, and will go out of their way to make sure you have an extremely comfortable stay. Free shuttle services to the fishing village, Co-op Mart, and the Mui Ne wet market can be arranged. If you want to spoil yourself, or spoil someone you love, then this should be your option.
Opened in May of 2004, Pandanus Resort is another 4-star retreat in Phan Thiet located in a 25-acre tropical ground, with its own private beach. This unique resort is the only one in Vietnam that offers a complete all-inclusive program, which means you will not have to worry about budgeting each day as you will have access to all facilities including meals, drinks, laundry services, and local tours. The resort is also unique in the sense that it is the only one that offers a complimentary daily wine and cheese reception with two in-house bands serenading the night. All guests will also be given an introductory walking tour of the Mui Ne fishing village and town, free of charge. You can expect typical resort facilities such as a pool, hot tub, steam room, on-site dining options, fitness centre, spa, and more. Pandanus Resort will offer you a hassle-free stay and you will leave wishing you had more time to enjoy everything that is offered.