After eating and shopping our way through HCMC we took a train to Mui Ne, a coastal town four hours north. However, the train does not go directly to Mui Ne. The train station is in Phan Thiet which is about a thirty minute taxi drive from Mui Ne. It worked well for our group of four but if I was traveling solo that would have been a pricey ride. There is a bus which is a less expensive travel option from HCMC to Mui Ne but the journey is much longer and for this two week trip we have more money then time.
We stayed at Ocean Vista through Airbnb which ended up being a little outside of town. However, our apartment was beautiful and the view from the balcony was stunning, even on rainy afternoons.
The reason we went to Mui Ne was not for the beach but for the sand dunes. I lived in Vietnam for a year and never made it to the sand dunes so I was determined to not miss it this time around.
We booked a jeep tour through Ocean Vista and at 9am they picked us up. While sweating and sticking to the pleather seats we cruised along the ocean road with the wind in our hair. Our first sand dune stop was the white sand dunes where we rented ATV's and pulled out the selfie stick for a bumpy and windy twenty minute drive. From there we hiked through the red sand dune canyon and then cooled off walking through Fairy Stream. The whole day was scenic and to top it off we finished the day right before a down poor. They were right, Mui Ne does have crazy weather.