Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Mui Ne (L, D)
Start your day with a 4-hour drive to Mui Ne by comfortable minivan, departing your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in the morning. En route to Mui Ne, enjoy a noontime lunch at local restaurant and visit the Ta Cu tourist area.
If you’d like, you can conquer Ta Cu Mountain, which reaches 1,670 feet (509 meters) above sea level. Hike with your guide on a moderately difficult climb along a forested trail. Or for an easier trip, take the 15-minute cable car ride up the mountain. When you reach Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda, aka Upper Pagoda, a distance of approximately 1 mile, admire the 160-foot-long (49-meter) reclining Buddha statue — the largest in Southeast Asia — said to be entering the final state of nirvana.
Leaving this scenic spot with its coastal views, you’ll arrive in the resort town of Mui Ne and check in to your hotel. After dinner with your small group, enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure, perhaps strolling along the beach.
Day 2: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L)
Awaken early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise over the Mui Ne Red Sand Dunes, followed by breakfast. After a visit to the Fairy Stream and a fishing village, use the rest of the morning to relax on the beach or take in some water sports at your leisure (own expense).
Enjoy Vietnamese cuisine for lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Ho Chi Minh City and concluding your tour with drop-off at your hotel.