Beaches North of Phan Thiet City
Rang Beach (Mui Ne Beach). Map. Mui Ne Beach is 16 km long, and a beautiful beach surrounded by groves of palm trees and miles of red and golden sand dunes.
The temperature is perfect at an average of 30 degrees Celcius. Mui Ne also has the lowest rainfall in all of Vietnam, making it a great beach (or perhaps the only beach) to visit even during rainy season. Mui Ne has the best conditions in all of Asia for water sports. Mui Ne has Asia's strongest and most consistant cross-onshore winds.
Vietnam has two wind seasons, the North East Monsoon Season and the South West Summer Season.
The North East Monsoon Season starts around November and runs until April. The windiest months are December through February. The wind is a constant 20 - 25 knots, with some days up to 40 knots. As the wind increases so do the waves. There is a one-meter beach break to practise your surfing skills.
The South Western Summer wind blows from May to October and is a consistant 12 - 18 knots, with some days up to 25 knots. During the summer months there is a ground swell up to two meters.
Banc Rivier, a coral ridge with a depth of 12.8 m, and Banc Madge, a coral ridge with a least depth of 12.8 m, lie about 18 miles SE and 15 miles S, respectively, of Mui Ne Village. However, there is no organized diving done in Mui Ne.
Ganh Beach (Hon Rom Beach). Google Map. North East of Mui Ne Beach is Hon Rom Beach. The beach runs South West to North East and is on the "back side" of Mui Ne Village. It is accessible at a restaurant and a cluster of resorts on the cemetery point of Mui Ne Village; as well as along the highway past the Red Sand Dunes.
Windspeed on shore is around 30 knots. Waves break on shore, with no coral present. For Half of the year, this beach is used as a harbor for the Mui Ne Village Boats. During this time, this beach should not be used for kiteboarding or other water sports.
The beach at the Red Sand Dunes is known as Suoi Hong (Red Spring). The most notable resorts at this point are the Pandanus and Malibu. Further up the beach is the Red Sand Canyon. Most of the beach-extending North from Suoi Hong to Hon Rom Village--is undevelopable, or at least it would be criminally stupid to do so, as the sand dunes dive steeply into the beach. At Hon Rom Village in the protected cove area is another cluster of large hotels, typically frequented by caravans of large busses full of asian tourists on weekends.
There is a lovely little islet off the cemetery point. While this beach is spectacular--the scenery is better than Rang--swimming is not recommended. There are strong rip tides and swimming can be rather dangerous. A number of locals have died here. The Mui Ne Village Harbor alternates seasonally between the protected area near the cemetery at this beach, and the more famous harbor on the other side of the point on Rang Beach.
Suoi Nuoc. Google Map. This beach is the next beach on the way to the White Sand Dunes; North East of Hon Rom Beach. There is a long strip of hotels on a small road that runs along the beach (paralell to the new main highway), but one must ask "Why?" If you stop at any given hotel on any given day, chances are it will be closed and you will find a lone caretaker sleeping in a back room. This beach is spectacular--if you enjoy isolated, desolate, windy saharan landscapes. The area is a windswept desert. The inhabitants most commonly encountered are shepherd boys hearding goats and cows across the highway or the beach.
Suoi Nuoc is as long, if not longer than Mui Ne, and extendeds North to the village of Binh Tien (the turn off to head to the White Sand Dunes). At the village there is a new resort being built. Above the village looms a large (and odd) peak. At one side it appears to be an enormous dune, but on other sides appears as a rocky mountain. Near Binh Thien there is another small island (often called "Turtle Island") which can be reached from the beach at low tide.
Ca Na Beach. Google Map. Ca Na, where the rocky mountains plunge deep into the sea, is 2 hours NE of Mui Ne and provides probably the best coral reefs and scuba diving or snorkeling in Vietnam. However, the facilities in this area are quite sparse and this is not a destination point on most tours. The vicinity is quite hot and the countriside is barren. Nearby is the Cham homeland of Phan Rang, and the Vinh Hao mineral water springs. Wind sports should not be attempted at this beach, due to the coral reefs. Click here to read more about Ca Na Beach and the Hon Cau-Vinh Hao Proposed Marine Protected Area.