Visiting Mui Dinh – Exploring the beauty of the white sand dunes


Vietnam has many tourist attractions for visitors to travel. “Mũi Dinh” is now one of the popular destinations. Welcome to Mui Dinh (Dinh Headland) in Ninh Thuan Province where the rare pleasure of ocean-side solitude awaits you. Backpackers “discovered” the headland just three years ago, and the difficult-to-reach beach remains pristine and unspoiled.

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Getting there

“Mũi Dinh” lies in Phuoc Dinh Commune, Thuan Nam District, 30km away from Phan Rang City and about 300km northeast of Ho Ch Minh City.

Phan Rang City

To get there, board an air-conditioned sleeper train from Hanoi to Thap Cham Station in Phan Rang City. The trip is long at 27 hours, but provides a great opportunity to see some beautiful countryside. From HCM City, the trip takes about seven hours by train.

From Phan Rang City, National Highway 1A winds its way for 15kms to Van Lam Village. Another 15km on the road takes you to Son Hai, and you can drive straight to a sand dune. Park your bike (tourists can hire a bike from a hotel on 16/4 Street) at the last milestone and walk 1km to the Mui Dinh Lighthouse.

Cheap digs

Many hotels and guesthouses are located on 16/4 Street near Ninh Chu beach, offering rooms for VND 200,000 to 250,000 ($9-12). Try bargaining to get the price down to VND 180,000. The standard room is relatively fine for the price. Receptionists can help you hire a bike for VND 150,000 a day, and tourists can take a taxi or an Uber to reach the hotel and hire a bike from the hotel.

Ninh Chu beach

In Mui Dinh, catering services are not diverse. Most of the time, tourists ask local residents to provide food for them. Aunt Sau is quite famous for her seafood and grilled spring rolls at favorable prices.

Mũi Dinh entertains

The Mui Dinh sand dune is fabulously amazing. Strong winds blow constantly, creating different shapes and lines. Right at the foot of the sand hills are immense, untouched grass fields.

Mui Dinh has two different beaches. The water is clear blue, the sand white. You can easily see fish swimming in the water. Even if you come here on a Friday, you are unlikely to see more than a few people. Here, there is only you, the wind, the sea and the sand. If you go in a small group, try camping on the beach and enjoying a quiet night on the water.

Not far from Mui Dinh, the Cham Temple Tower beckons to history buffs, a relic of Ninh Thuan’s typical style of Cham art and architecture. Nearby, the Ba Moi Grape Garden offers apples, grapes and grape syrup. Last but not least, An Hoa Sheep Farm, the largest in Ninh Thuan, provides a glimpse into the sheep herding nomadic lifestyle.

Cham Temple Tower

For those wanting a quiet beach getaway, or even a birthday party on the beach, Mui Dinh is an ideal destination. It will be a trip to remember.