Sunny day in Phan Thiet town. Photo by Lee Starnes
Explore the fishing harbour
Most of Mũi Né's appeal comes from the 12 kilometres of beach that runs from nearby Phan Thiết to Mũi Né, where the area's original fishing village remains. Come early in the morning to watch the fishermen unload their catch.
Mũi Né's dependable winds, which average above 12 knots for more than 200 days of the year, are no longer a secret. Kitesurfing schools are your best bet for finding professional instructors, and the main beach is the safest area for newbies.
Climb the sand dunes
A pair of massive sand dunes, one red and one white, are positioned like deserts in the middle of a seaside oasis. Try sand-sledding down the dunes, then walk the freshwater Fairy Springs to see formations carved by wind and rain.
Visit the Chăm Towers
Mũi Né's Chăm Towers are worth a visit. Perched between Phan Thiết and Mũi Né, these thousand-year-old Hindu temples belong to the former Chăm empire, a medieval kingdom which ruled much of the southern coast for centuries.
Dine on fresh seafood
Vendors set up camp every night along the seaside with the catch of the day on offer. Just take your pick and tell the cooks how you'd like it prepared. Steamed fish, grilled clams, and sweet and sour prawns are all surefire bets.
Mũi Né is best between November and April when a slightly cool and windy dry season prevails. Tourist arrivals in the town reach their peak between November and January, and high season for kite surfers is between November and March.
Roughly 220 kilometres from Saigon, Mũi Né attracts occasional weekend visitors from Ho Chi Minh City, as well as travellers heading south from Nha Trang and Đà Lạt. Tourist buses routinely stop along Mũi Né's main stretch. For train travellers, the nearest station lies in Phan Thiết, a 30-minute drive from Mũi Né. It’s easy enough to walk to local seafood barbeques, shops and beachside stalls. For attractions further away, try hiring a taxi, motorbike or using a ride-hailing app. A shuttle service from the bus and train station is available to most hotels and resorts.