Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hostel Review: Mui Ne Backpackers

The bus dropped us off Mui Ne Backpackers, our home for the next 18 hours. The place has really good reviews in Tripadvisor and it fits our budget. We were greeted cheerfully by the frontdesk staff, Dan. Dan booked our bus tickets going back to HCMC and he was patient in asking all our questions.

Got the poolside room for $25 a night. Twinbeds, TV, a safe, Wifi, Aircon, clean towels hot water – the basics. I booked the room via their website. I just had to pay 3% of the price of the room for one night: $0.75. We settled the balance when we checked in. They accept both VND and USD.

Excuse my mess.

I highly suggest that you book a room using their website. When we got there (past 1pm), all the dorm rooms and private rooms were already taken, Dan had to turn away the walk-ins. Dan said they get booked on the weekends. They do not take reservations for dorms though.

At night

Hot water was really hot, and you don’t have to wait long.  

Clean bathroom

They have a small pool. We didn't get to use it though.

The hostel has this common area with one common computer that you can use for free.

The hostel had no restaurant. Dan recommended Jive restaurant for breakfast and Bamboo Bamboo for a authentic Vietnamese dinner. We followed his suggestion for dinner.

 Restaurant's menu. Food is not that cheap, but not that expensive either.

 Quite a lot. Delish too.

We didn’t go to Jives for breakfast because we found it too expensive for our budget. We survived on our stash food and the bus had a stopover anyway. Instead of breakfast, we just took pics of the resort.

 No beach in the morning. High tide.
Be careful going down in these steps, quite slippery.

We were supposed to take the 2pm bus but Dan said they were full, so we had to take the 8:00am bus. Bus from Mui Ne going back to HCMC costs $6. The bus stops in Phan Ngu Lao street.

I highly recommend Mui Ne Backpackers Resort. They have pretty inexpensive rates for the quality of the resort. I also like that they offer group tours of the sand dunes (saved us the headache of not being able to contact our guide). Would love to stay here longer next time. 


  1. Is it clean and easily accessible via public transport.

    1. The place is kept clean. It is accessible by bus from HCMC, the public bus will drop you off right at the front yard.

  2. We stayed here too! :) It can be a pain to lock the door - it's VERY unusual. Hehe. We also hung out (and got smashed) next door at Joe's. There was a Pinoy musician performing. We said hi. :D

  3. Yes! They do have a weird lock. We had to double check that we really locked the room. Ooooh, got smashed eh?

  4. what is your bus name going back to HCM?

    1. Hello Shella - I cannot recall. We had the resort arrange it for us.


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