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Next-Level Vietnam Travel: The Beaches, Seafood and Sand Dunes of Mui Ne

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If you’ve already exhausted all the usual spots in Vietnam, it’s time to discover Mui Ne with the fam, mama

So you’re a fan of Vietnam. You’ve done the standard trips – Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh – but want more! I give you Mui Ne – a very easy 4-hour train or car ride from Ho Chi Minh City.

If you love great food, beautiful beaches and sand dune sledging, trust me, mamas: you will love Mui Ne.

Following a long weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, we caught the reunification train from Ho Chi Minh station to Phan Thiet – then took a taxi the last 20 kilometres. There were tons of taxis waiting at the station when we arrived, all on a set meter – so very easy!

The beautiful beach strip is littered with hotels (many of which don’t look great, to be honest). The Anantara Mui Ne Resort, however, is by far the most beautiful hotel there – in a great quiet spot at the end of the beach. It’s one of those hotels where you breathe a sigh of relief when you arrive — and then immediately feel chilled!

We had a 2-Bedroom Family Pool Villa – this was really spacious and had its own beautiful private pool as well as being literally a 1-minute walk from the main pool and beach. Our kids made friends with some other children holidaying there and we were dragged to the main pool – rather than being able to make the use of the private pool! But hey, at least that meant more Kindle time for Mummy and Daddy!

The little garden around the villa was also fabulous – we were there for Easter and even managed an Easter egg hunt around it!

In true fabulous Anantara style the breakfast was awesome – vast and high quality – and the view from breakfast was really special. The kids also loved the staff, particularly how every morning the staff passed the children a basket of day-old bread to feed to fish there. This also kept them occupied and led to a chilled and lengthy (4 cups of coffee) brekkie for the parents. Perfect!

I can highly recommend the seafood BBQ that the hotel runs once a week down on the beach front – fabulous fish and an awesome setting. If you prefer to venture into town to try some of Mui Ne’s famous seafood, I would also recommend Mr Crab. Well known, and delicious!

After our spa treatments in the fabulous Anantara Spa we decided to venture out and explore the area. The hotel has some fab tour guides and we spent an afternoon in a jeep exploring the magical fairy stream, the fishing village and of course the famous Mui Ne Sand Dunes.

Perhaps Mui Ne’s most famous attraction, the sand dunes stretch to the horizon in white, gold and red. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you are in the Sahara rather than a coastal resort in Vietnam after spending the day exploring this impressive natural wonder. We all thoroughly enjoyed the sand sledging and watching the sunset – truly magical.

Anantara Mui Ne: Chill, Explore, Eat…Perfection!

Image #1 soured via Anantara Mui Ne. All other images courtesy of the author.

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