We wanted to leave Mui Ne and arrive in Cambodia the same day .This isn't possible by bus so we arranged a car rental ( that comes with a driver) to take us to Saigon and from there we had lots of time to catch the 1PM bus to Cambodis.The cost of the car was $94.00 for the two of us.The trip took about 4.5 hours .We left early ( before the buses) inorder to meet the bus.
We arranged this before leaving home with Hotels -In- Vietnam.
We booked our bus to Mui Ne before leaving home with Hotels-IN Vietnam.com.( They also arranged our bus to Cambodia and our Visa on Arrival in Vietnam.
As promised our tickets were waiting at our hotel in Saigon when we arrived.
We walked from our hotel in District 1 to the bus stop. All the tourist offices are located along this street along with bus stops for various companies.We used Phuong Trang bus company.
The bus was comfortable with A/C .The only negative was a blaring video of local shows that played most of the way.
The trip took 5.5hours including 2 stops.The second stop was for 45 minutes for lunch. We were dropped in front of our hotel.The ticket cost $8.00 including a bottle of water.
For the daily strolls, to the dunes and nature we got a jeep with a driver that can take us where ever we wanted. That was easy and also very cheap, with a cost of one taxi ride in Finland for 10 minutes we could have a friendly driver that knew all the places and took us everywhere.
Unfortunately there is not yet international airport in Phan Thiet, you will need to take a train or bus from the big city (Saigon) to get here and even if it is only 200 km (2 hours drive in Europe) it will take 5 hours to cover the distance here.
HCM to Mui Ne
1. Open Tour Bus - Book it from reputatable tour bus agencies (Sinh Cafe) at Backpack area @Pham Ngu Lao street (District 1)
2. From 7:30am @US$5
3. Transit : 5.5 hours
4. One stopover of 30 minutes for break + snack time
Around at Mui Ne
1. Rent Bicycle
2. Book a Jeep for land tour (compare prices before booking)
Mui Ne to Phan Thiet Town
1. Local Bus
I arrived here using Sinf Cafe's bus services (Please see my Hanoi page for tips on Sinf Cafe).
In order for us to travel around the town and nearby areas, there are 2 choices. 1 is to get a tour guide and another is to rent your own bike. We opted for the second because the first choices has limitation in time and also choice of location.
Bargain hard when you want to rent motorbikes. If they are not willing to budge a nickle, there are always loads of other shops down the road. Competition is stiff here because it is not a famous tourist town and so they will be willing to negotiate.
A cheaper way to make a trip to Mui Ne!
Travelers get on a bus at Mui Ne Resort to return to HCM City.
Scattered along the coastline are many resorts offering comfortable and luxury accommodations and other services for tourists to relax during their holidays. And off course, in return for the comfort, vacationers have to pay more money.
To explore the region, one can hire a motorbike or a bicycle priced at VND70,000 and VND15,000 respectively for 24 hours. There are also buses running from Phan Thiet City to Mui Ne every 30 minutes with tickets ranging from VND3,000 to VND8,000 each.
See more information at the here-under link:
Getting to Phan Tiet is not too difficult! Go to the backpackers area in Saigon and buy an open ticket at one of the tourist offices ... they will tell you everithing you need! It's just waist of time if you want to look for a cheaper opportunity! The agancies are offering the same price (even the same bus! ... one of the two)
Generally, most people stop in Mui Ne while travelling north or south along the coast of Vietnam's Highway 1. It's about a 4 hour drive from either Ho Chi Minh City to the south, or Nha Trang to the north.
There are many boats in this town and I assume it is also possible to take a boat trip... to somewhere. But my holiday was short and I didn't check if any such option is available.
I think the taxi was the easiest way to get around, was fast and easy as well as affordable. They uses meter and seems more honest to me then those drivers in some of the big cities in Europe.
The local bus is the very cheap way to get around, but not that convenience, might be crowded, hot, delay and so on, but can be interesting experience :)