Mui Ne Beach is a twelve kilometre long stretch of premium beachfront in South Vietnam. If you are looking for the best beach resort Mui Ne has to offer, ask the locals to direct you to Ham Tien Beach. Several hotels occupy prime real estate and sit amidst impeccably manicured gardens with mesmerising ocean views in the background. A mere four hour distance from Saigon, together with the allure of Anantara Mui Ne Resort, makes the former fishing village an attractive destination for travellers and residents looking for a short getaway to the beach.

Mui Ne transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a premier resort town, in just two decades. The waters in the area are not popular for diving or snorkelling but the large waves that roll in between August to December are great for surfing. The conditions are also favourable for swimming, wind surfing, kite surfing and fishing.

Fishing was and still is a big part of the Mui Ne way of life. The fishing village, located on the far east side of the beach that curves around the headland, is still active. The sea is awash with beauty at sunrise and sunset when brightly painted fishing boats bob on the waves swathed in a golden glow. The fishermen can be spotted making their way home at sunrise, after which the noisy, chaotic fish market opens for trading. Several local tour operators arrange fishing tours for hotel guests who want to test the tropical waters themselves. There are early morning excursions, as well as half day, evening and nightly outings to choose from. The tours are led by local guides who even arrange hotel transfers. Back on land, you can have your catch barbequed and enjoy the fresh seafood right on the beach.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+