Phan Thiet is the capital of Binh Thuan province, in Southeastern Vietnam. Mui Ne is a coastal city adjacent to Phan Tiet. Both are traditionnally known for their fish sauce production, but they are today tourist haven which reputation is quickly soaring. The average temperature is 27°C and the climate is hot and dry most of the year.
Bai Rang beach – Phan Thiet
Bai Rang beach is without a doubt the most beautiful in Phan Thiet. Located amidst a coconut grove, it offers a magnificent setting, together with its magical creek and the Rock of the God of Earth.
Mui Ne beach
It is a famous tropical beach. It is popular amongst windsurfers and kite surfers for the strong sea breezes.
Mui Ne Dunes
These dunes are certainly some of the main attractions in Mui Ne. The whole region is very sandy. The sand dunes are located north of the coastal road, while the red dunes are closest to the center. Further away, the site of the white sand dunes covers fifty hectares.
Mui Ne market and the fishing port
At the entrance of the town is an overlook offering a splendid view on hundreds of colorful fishing boats moored in the bay. Further away, inside the town and just off the main road, there is a small but colorful market. Nearby, you can also reach the fishing harbor, where you can purchase fresh seafood from local vendors and eat it on the spot. Walking along the beach, you will pass by fishermen sorting out their catch, or you can take a walk on the quays. At the southern end of the town, a section of beach is covered by clam shells.
Fish Sauce Workshops
The production process of the famed fish sauce, an essential ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine, is lengthy and complex. Anchovy-like fish are cleaned and then placed in large vats of brine with layers of salt. Left for eight months to a year, the by-product is drained and then bottled up.
Van Thuy Tu Temple and the Whale Museum
Built in 1762, Van Thuy Tu Temple is a special place that can be proud of its uniqueness: it is the burial place of more than 100 whales, whose skeletons are displayed, the largest being 22 meters long. Whales were believed by local fishermen to be helpful and benevolent animals, and whenever one ran aground on the beach, its body was taken to the temple.