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Mui Ne Getting in & out

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By bus

Most overseas visitors reach Mui Ne via "Open Tour" buses that run between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang. Most depart from Ho Chi Minh City between 7:30 AM and 9 AM. In the opposite direction, buses typically depart from Mui Ne around 2 PM or AM and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 7 PM or AM. It takes five hours at night or in the morning. Joe's Cafe is a good place to catch an outgoing night bus as it offers full service all night and you never know how late the bus will be. Outside Ho Chi Minh City, the coach will stop at a petrol station with a pretty large shop and stalls selling snacks, drinks and fruit.

The buses stop in the heart of the tourist strip in Mui Ne, so there is no need to take a taxi. The cost is about USD$6 each way, and tickets are sold all over the tourist districts of both HCMC and Nha Trang. If you are traveling to Ho Chi Minh City from Mui Ne, you will most likely be put on an already full bus traveling from Nha Trang. Since you are not assigned a seat you may not be able to sit with any traveling companions, and at some of the less scrupulous travel agents you may not even get a real seat.

Public buses

Public buses from both destinations also travel to Mui Ne, though finding the departure stations and figuring out the schedule is difficult for visitors. It's not worth the trouble unless you have a strong need to depart at a different time of day when the Open Tour bus leaves. Travel agencies play dumb because they don't earn anything from helping you find a public bus.

By train

A train runs daily from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, departing around 6:30AM and arriving five hours later. The return trip leaves Phan Thiet around 1:30PM. The cost is quite modest at around 60,000 Dong per person each way. The train station in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon Railway Station) is in District 3, about 3 kilometres from the center. The railway station in Phan Thiet is about 5 kilometres.

It costs 80,000 Dong for a  taxi ride from the beginning of the Mui Ne resort strip.

The railway also sometimes runs a mid-size bus from the station to Mui Ne for 25,000 Dong per person. Tickets are sold on the train, though the announcement might be made in Vietnamese only, and you need to watch carefully for the ticket sellers to pass by.

Overall, the train is probably less comfortable and convenient than the open-tour bus, though it has some advantages - you get a better view of the countryside and avoid the endless honking of horns and lunatic driving of the bus drivers.

By taxi

You might want to consider taking a taxi coming Saigon to Mui Ne, instead of Open Bus. Not only the departure times of the Open Buses might not suit your schedule, they are also slow sometimes, because the driver makes various stops at rather bad restaurants where he receives commission. The ride by taxi takes 4 to 5 hours, depending of the road condition, and will cost USD$70-100, depending on your ability to bargain. 

There are few paid roads on the way to Mui Ne, sot tell the driver that you want fixed price with all fees included. 

Where to go after Mui Ne

There are dozens of small travel agencies along the Mui Ne strip that sell daily excursions around Mui Ne, as well as airline, rail, or open tour bus tickets to other cities. Be sure to shop around since some unscrupulous agents will often overcharge the unwary buyer.

The bus journey to Nha Trang takes about 5 hours. Departure for Nha Trang is at about 1 PM and 1AM.

Sinh Cafe buses stop right inside the compound of a large guest house in Nha Trang.

The beach is just across the road. Air-conditioned rooms are USD$10. Rooms are spotless and even at this rate, rooms are cleaned daily.

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