Resort Guide: Mui Ne, Vietnam, Viet Nam

Instruction and kit hire

 

Windchimes, on the grounds of the Saigon Mui Ne Hotel, is a great place to chill out and has free WIFI and drinking water! They have a rental fleet of 50 Naish boards from 75 litre to 230 litre and 80 Neil Pryde sails from 4.0 to 7.6m.

They also offer kit storage if you bring your own and they charge $12 per rescue, if needed.

The instruction was great, but communication was not brilliant as the instructor didn’t speak much English. The instructors are very good sailors, so it is easy to watch and copy. They understand what you need to do in order to improve and are very helpful.

The owner of the centre is American Vietnamese, incredibly friendly and helpful and will also help with hotels, transfers, restaurant recommendations etc.

 

Accommodation

 

We stayed in Saigon Mui Ne Resort which is stunning and right on the beach. It is set in beautiful tropical gardens, shaded by swaying palms and has a very big private beach. We transferred to a beach-front room after initially being near the yard – highly recommended!

For those on a tighter budget, you can find a great thatched bungalow for $15-20 per night – true paradise!

 

Food

 

The food is utterly fantastic and very cheap. It is difficult to spend more than £4 for dinner and drinks! In fact, it’s worth going to Vietnam just for the food!

Specialities are spring rolls (absolutely nothing like the ones you get in the UK). There is a great selection of soups and the fish is particularly good.

Huang Vu is highly recommended – think fresh lobsters, shrimp and clams all cooked right in front of you. There are lots of other great restaurants that are worth checking out.

 

Nightlife

 

Mui Ne used to be very quiet and closed down by 10 pm. However, this is changing slowly and there is now a selection of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. Just watch out for the ‘working girls!’

The local tipple is Vietnamese beer, which is definitely very drinkable (especially after a hard day on the water).

The whole place generally feels very safe and friendly at night (as well as during the day!)

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Bored of windsurfing?

 

There are plenty of trips that can be taken.

It is worth going to see the white and yellow sand dunes – hire a jeep for around $25 or go on a tour for $5. There is also the ‘Fairy Stream’ – a 15 minute hike upstream to a beautiful waterfall.

There are also two golf courses – Sea Links andOcean Dunes.

 

Local knowledge/ top tips

 

There are some great spas around town and in the hotels where you can get a great massage after sailing for no more than $10.

 

Hot Tips!

 

There are some great spas around town and in the hotels where you can get a great massage after sailing for no more than $10.

Conclusion

 

Vietnam is a truly exciting country that has not really been affected by mass-tourism. The windsurfing is fantastic, the food is great, the people are friendly and it is cheap living!

It is a long journey from the UK, so go for at least two weeks and consider taking a short break in Singapore on the way.

Name: Bill Kendall 

Local beach: Camber Sands

How many years sailing: 20 years!

Last windsurf move you cracked: Back Loops

What you’re working on now: Forwards