Did you know that Vietnam has Southeast Asia’s top kitesurfing destination? Well, now you do. Though it’s long been popular for its busy beach bars and sand dune scenery, Mui Ne’s real appeal lies in its stupendous conditions for wind and water sports.
With over 200 blustery days per year, Mui Ne is considered by many (including us) to be Southeast Asia’s premier destination for wind and water sports. The beach is lined with sports schools offering the chance to experience everything from windsurfing, sailing and surfing to gentler sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding, but by far the most popular sport in the area is kitesurfing.
From October to March, when the wind conditions are at their best, the sky is positively swarming with kites, and as you sit and sip a cold beer on the beach you can watch some of the most talented kitesurfers in the world defy gravity on the surf.
Mui Ne is more about adrenaline and exhilaration than beachside relaxation – and that goes for the nightlife as well as the sports. Though there are a few chilled-out beach bars that are good for a quiet cocktail, the nightlife here in general is neon-lit and bass-thumping, so don’t come expecting a secluded getaway! If It’s peace and quiet you want, head to Phu Quoc or Con Dao: this one’s for sports fans who like to let their hair down.