Mui Ne and Bao Trang, Vietnam are two coastal-desert cities with majestic sand dunes sculpted by the ocean winds of the South China Sea. The two cities are about six hours apart in drive time, east of Ho Chi Minh City. The white, red and gold dunes change color with the light of the sun and are an incredible sight to behold. These rare areas of Vietnam are two of the few desert areas in all of Southeast Asia with sand dunes.
Visitors wanting to experience the dunes for a few days of fun and sightseeing should travel from Ho Chi Minh City a day ahead to get situated in a hotel the night before, then arrive to the dunes area early in the morning just before sunrise. This plan gives you a full day to experience the dunes, with enough time to depart just after sunset. The incredible morning sunrise will be a memory to treasure forever, as well as the amazing colors of the sunset.
Guided tours of many types are available. We recommend choosing a group tour your first day out to familiarize yourself with the dunes and the challenges of driving without a guide. There are plenty of individual vehicles available to rent, and no special driving permit is needed. Choose from a 4WD truck, ATV, dirt bike, quad,dune buggy, scooter, or single bodysled to sand-board and body surf the dunes. Take or rent goggles and a bandana or mouth covering to combat sand in your face, and wear a helmet for all activities.
The dune areas are diverse communities with ocean-front properties where you will see people in giant baskets zipping across the water. A farmer’s market area is just ahead of the dune area, where you can find all of the fresh food, drinks and snacks you will need to purchase for your outing.
You may also want to enjoy a visit to the vast suburban farmlands with organic crops, grazing cows, pigs, goats and chickens. You will also find fresh vegetable gardens and unique botanical areas with cultivated herbs, flowers, plants and trees.
Both Mui Ne and Bao Trang are very special areas of Vietnam, full of natural beauty and activities to experience and enjoy.
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