Recently, Mui Ne has risen as one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Vietnam with long sand stretches, clean waters, and friendly locals. Mentioning Mui Ne, it would be a miss without mentioning its vibrant nightlife. A lot of interesting places like numerous bars and restaurants make the place still busy no matter if it is daytime or nighttime. If you are planning for your trip to Mui Ne, don’t miss these below fun activities to experience the best nightlife in Mui Ne – Phan Thiet, Vietnam.
I. Overview of Mui Ne – Phan Thiet
Mui Ne is a renowned coastal town in Phan Thiet – the capital city of Binh Thuan province. Just 4 hours from Ho Chi Minh city, it attracts numerous tourists to enjoy wonderful weekends and holidays. Its name – Mui Ne – is believed to have originated from the fishing people in the past. “Mui” means “a cape” and “Ne” means “hide”, so this place once protected people from big sea storms. As the town is closed to the sea, local people here mainly make a living by fishing. Right when arriving in the port of the town, you will see the bustling scene of many fishing boats.
The town boasts its pleasant warm weather which is favorable for a lot of beach activities including swimming, sunbathing, kite surfing, windsurfing, etc. Besides, it is also famous for colorful coral reefs and a diverse marine life with different kinds of fishes, crabs, birds, frogs, etc. Coming here, you will have a chance not only to admire the breathtaking landscapes but also visit impressive places like Water Tower built by a Laos Prince, Po Shanu Cham Tower – a wonderful relic of Cham culture, or amazing sand dunes, etc.
II. Activities for Best Nightlife in Mui Ne Phan Thiet
Nightlife in Mui Ne is not less interesting than the daytime. Under the night sense of the darkness of this coastal town, you can take part in night activities. They will give you a unique experience in Mui Ne. Below, we would like to share some suggestions for Mui Ne nightlife.
1. Stroll around Phan Thiet Night Market
Opened for 4 years, Phan Thiet Night Market is surely a place to go for shopaholics. It is one of the largest and most popular nightlife spots in Binh Thuan. Here, you can find a wide range of products including Cham handicrafts, embroidery artworks, sand paintings, and souvenirs. With abundant goods, this market will surely be a good stop in the evening for buying some beautiful items for your friends and family members.
Wandering around the market, it is unresistable to delicious desserts and cuisines along the streets. It is highly recommended to try Tuyen Quang fried rice pancakes. Standing out from other dishes, they are cooked in a special Cham ceramic pot. The recipe is kept confidential so no one knows about their ingredients. However, we cannot deny its aromatic and crunchy flavor. The market is surely an excellent experience to go out.
2. Enjoy a Night Squid Fishing Trip
Squid fishing is an interesting activity that you should not miss when traveling in any Vietnam coastal town. Squid fishing has become more popular these years because it brings a great feeling of floating on the sea in the middle of night.
In Mui Ne – Phan Thiet, there are many local tours operating this activity at night. The boats usually depart at 5:00 pm in the fishing village. They will take you to the sea to experience night squid fishing. There are abundant squids in the sea and local people will sail the boat and teach you how to fish. Tools including racquets and fishing rods will be provided on the boat so you can use them to catch the squids.
In the past, you may expect to pay a lot of money to experience a night squid fishing in Mui Ne. But nowadays, the activity has become a part of some private tours and you can enjoy it any day of the week.
It normally takes about 4 hours for a night squid fishing journey. You should expect to pay VND 300.000 to VND 500.000/ person for this night tour. And, it is better to try fishing squids from March to August when the squids are plenty and they come near the shores to breed. After squid fishing, you also have a chance to enjoy delicious dishes made from the squids that you caught. It sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
3. Immerse Yourself in Wonderful Live Music at Joe’s Cafe
Mui Ne nightlife will not be complete without enjoying live music at some coastal cafes. Among the popular cafes in the town, we highly recommend Joe’s Cafe. Located at the street along Ham Tien Beach, the cafe is a favorite place to enjoy nightlife by local people. Joe’s is the best place in town to enjoy a cup of coffee and listen to the sounds of the waves. Right when stepping into the cafe, you will surely be impressed by its giant grass roofs and giant green canopies. Guests can choose your seat from different types of chairs that the cafe offers. It could be beach chairs, dining tables, or deck lounges.
The place is always busy at different times of the day. There are always a wide range of activities and fun here like football, swimming pool, billiards, nice booze, etc. If you go with your kids, there will be a kid playground here so they can play with other kids. The big plus point for Joe’s Cafe is that guests can listen to beautiful voices from Vietnamese singers each night. This will help you relax after a long day of wandering and feel more excited.
4. Get a Drink at Deja Vu Bar & Restaurant
Deja Vu Bar & Restaurant gives you a chance to enjoy a drink after enjoying dinner without moving to other places. At the bar, it offers various music performances, from rock, jazz, to traditional music. Located in a tourist friendly street called Nguyen Dinh Chieu, it has a vibrant setting with some separating sections to suit any preference. On the rooftop, you can find a lounge with paper lanterns and fluorescent lights. It is a special area where you can enjoy tobaccos and shishas. There is also an indoor art room and a tropical garden suitable for travelling families with a mini playground.
Like Joe’s Cafe, Deja Vu Bar & Restaurant also offers fun games and sports events. A massive projector will give you a chance to enjoy some great movies while travelling. Because most are foreign films, it is easy to understand their content. The menu offers various drinks including ciders, wines, imported beers, liquors, etc.
5. Taste Delicious Seafood Dishes
Phan Thiet was known as a fishing community which is an abundant seafood supply for the town. As tourism gets more developed in the area, there are more and more seafood restaurants. Coming here, the indigenous cuisine are made up of different types of fish, marine life, and crustaceans brought by the local fishermen. Mentioning about its specialty, fish sauce is the most famous one that many tourists buy for their family. Besides, don’t miss your chance to try the following dishes:
- Muc mot nang: It is the fresh squid dried under the sun for a day. Vietnamese prefer grilled it with lemon and chillies and enjoy it with fish sauce.
- Steamed “bo hom” fish: The dish is well known for its nutritious, sweet, and juicy taste. Combining salty fish sauce, aromatic herbs, and sweet griddle cake, it surely satisfies any eaters’ taste.
- Mai Fish Salad: This is one of the best Phan Thiet dishes made from Mai Fish for fresh meat. The meat will be mixed with pounding roasted peanuts and different kinds of vegetables and herbs, creating a wonderful taste.
6. Join The Fisherman Show
Traveling to Mui Ne, you can experience a new creational type of Fishermen show with music stages and cultural dancing. It is an unique Vietnamese show in Mui Ne that reflects cultural features of fishing villages while combining with the arts on water and music stages. The performances are lively and highly attractive with performers dancing on the water. The contemporary dancing makes it easy for both domestic and international audiences to understand the plot of the show. The Fisherman Show mainly refers to the diligent and hardworking nature of the Sea’s sons and daughters and their wish to explore the sea.
Full of light and music, and taking advantage of LED light techniques, the lovely sights of the fishing villages and the sea appears vividly in front of your eyes. The show is a must if you truly want to see a part of Mui Ne. Just with 60 minutes, you will go through 6 chapters: Whale God worshipping festival and the Sailing Dance, the Enigmatic Ocean World, a Fisherman and a Princess of the sea, the Evil Forces of the deep sea, the defend from the Gods of the Sea, the triumph of the Fishermen. The show is a must if you truly want to see a part of Mui Ne’s landscapes and local people.
Overall, Mui Ne is a wonderful place that should not be missed on your Vietnam itinerary. The town not only has a wide range of activities during daytime but also a vibrant nightlife. Hope that this article is useful for you to experience the best nightlife in Mui Ne Phan Thiet. If you have any great moments in this coastal town, don’t forget to share with us.