When it's summer it's called Yellow Sand Dunes, when it's not it's called Red Sand Dunes. There are lots of people here especially kids who plays in the sand. Not as big as the White Sand Dunes but very beautiful. It is included when you book a tour.
White sand dunes is the main attraction in Mui Ne. I fell like I was in Dubai or in Egypt when I was there. Book a tour at Sinh Tourist for 200.000++ Dong to get you to this white sand dunes as well as other attractions.
We met so many friendly people during our time here but none were more endearing than the children .
They love to show off their English ,which is surprisingly good .Its most ofetn learned from an older brother or sister,as many don't go to schools.
The children in this picture are catching a ride home for lunch .They had been working at the red Sand Dunes trying to make some money renting plastic sleds.
They were 7 and 9 years old!
We didn't know what to expect here as our driver spoke no Engish .So we followed his hand signalat took a little path that led to a shallow stream. Along the way we passed some ramshackle houses and a fish sauce factory.
We realized the idea was to walk up the stream "barefoot' untilwe came to a small waterfall. We decided to forgo the experience as we were a little leary about what we might step on in the water.
I heard later the view of the Red Cliffs was nice but the Waterfall was no big deal.
At the base of the White Sand dunes there is a Lake we are told is Lotus Lake.
Actually we found out later, its really a combination of three lakes and some small ponds.The name refers to the mass of lotus plant that grow in the shallower parts. I'm sure they are a sight to see when in full bloom.
On the way back to Mui Ne we stopped at e The Red Sand Dunes. These are similar to the White Sand Dunes but not quite as massive. We are enthusiastically greeted by a couple of youngsters hoping to rent us a plastic sled to coast down the hills. I guess they didn't notices my heat exhausted face !!
This time I ventured even less than at the White Sand Dunes and stayed under a tree for shade.
Not far from the sparkling white sand dunes we came to this deep creviced bright red dry river bed. The red is quite startling set against the tourqouise blue sea in the background. It resembles a mini grand canyon . We climbed down and by the look of allthe grafetti on the rock cliffs looks like others did too.I'd hate to be here when the water rushes in!!
To be honest ,our driver didn't speak English so we wondered if we were at the Red Sand Dunes....found out later we were not.
As we drive along the coast the scenery gradually changes .It becomes very arrid with scrubby shrubs and soon we come upon massive white sand dunes.It reminds of scenes fromthe Egyptian desert!
We climbed only a short way as the sun was beating down and the going got tough.
Braver (younger) visitors explored the big dunes with buggies and some even slid down on plastic boards.
Its true you smelthe Fishing Village of Mui Ne before you see.The stench comes from the drying fish used in the famed Fish Sauce. Aparently 17million liters of the stuff is produced annually and is shipped allover Asia.
We saw ( and smelled) the huge pots of it brewing when we took a walk to the Fairy Stream.
The view of the Blue Boats was beautiful from the hilltop. We were greeted by a little local girl selling pearls. She spoke perfect English and I was impressed with her keen sales ability. She wore a little Canada Flag pin given to her by a passing tourist.So endearing was she, I think of her often . I feel certain she will do OK.At least I hope.
Across the road at the top of the hill is a guy offering a boat tour around the area for $5.00 each. Depending on the boat it could be a fun thing to do.
There are lots of tourist cshop along Nguyen Dink Chieu all offering a similar tour. We booked with ASC Travel .They took us on a private tour around the area . We were picked up at our hotel in the morning around 9AM returning around Noon . Even though our driver didn't speak English it was a good trip.
We went to the Red and White Sand Dunes ,the Fishing Village ,Lotus Lake and The Fairy Stream.
The cost was $25.00 for both of us.
This is one unique and popular site, the Fairy Stream. It is just by the village of Mui Ne and require just a short walk, be sure you are with shorts and barefoot, as it is just comfy to walk by the stream...
The Lotus Lake is by the white dunes, so you cannot miss it. Just be sure that while exploring the region you visit the Lotus Lake and the White Dunes. It is one of the most beautiful places I saw in Vietnam.
The most interesting sites in this place are actually away by the sea & the countryside so the following tips are about those and the last few tips (page II) will be more of the local things to do in Phan Thiet town itself.
So the first place to visit is the Fishing village of Mui Ne, it is just about 10-15 minutes from Phan Thiet.
When you arrive to the white dunes, you have the option to walk there, I notice some uses local guide but that is not really necessary, just walk pass the woods and proceed further into the great white open.... after you climb the dune you can continue into this oasis/pond and small lake around. Reserve the 2 hour if you plan this whole trip, have water with you and you can even have romantic picnic if you wish :)