Chasing the Sunset at the Red Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam

“Go Go!” The jeepney driver motioned us to step off his vehicle fast. “Hurry before the sunset disappears!” He wanted us to witness the spectacle at the red sand dunes especially when this was the highlight why we took the afternoon tour of Mui Ne, Vietnam.

follow the sunset
For tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun.

We just came from the white sand dunes and we were running out of time before it turned dark. Getting a glimpse of the sun still on the sky sparked hope that we could still make it.

The driver’s statements encouraged us to run faster. We didn’t want to let the opportunity pass knowing that we still had the chance to arrive on time.

red sand dunes mui ne
could still make it

We moved as quickly as we could. At some point, Jana even let me run ahead. The sun was going down and I wanted to be where the rest of the tourists were. They were gathered from afar but it seemed already too late to run a few more meters.

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tourists already anticipating

I was already panting from where I stood and with the sun’s descent, I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it if I still were to force my legs.

So instead of heading to where the other tourists were, we opted to stare at it from a distance. It was still a sight to behold from our standpoint.

red sand dunes sunset
could only admire from afar

Slowly regaining my breath, the sun easily took it away. From an orange yellow to a dark auburn, the shade shifted in only a few minutes. I couldn’t help but gaze.

It’s such a great way to end the tour while burying your feet under the sand.

red sunset mui ne
zoomed photo

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talikodgenic. hehe

One thing that felt off were garbage on the red sand dunes. I noticed thrown wrappers and plastic bags in the area. I hope this problem gets fixed soon. It would be a waste if it would this beautiful place would be littered with trash.

sand dunes red sunset
trash on the center

After taking a few more photos, it was time to go back to our guesthouse.

red sand dunes mui ne
Red Sand Dunes, Mui Ne

We went back to the parked jeepney with contented looks as we covered all the places to visit during our half-day tour in this side of Vietnam. The driver was also glad that we were satisfied with the whole trip.

sand dunes road mui ne
the sand running on the pavement

We were on our way back to freshen up and have dinner to cap the night off. It was a long and tiring day; but it was a rich one with so many destinations we’ve visited. Beautiful places, if I might add, in a short span of time.

Passing by the fishing village again, I saw silhouettes of boats that waited for the sky to turn them into complete shadows.

mui ne shadow
Fishing Village sunset


Mui Ne is five hour by bus from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Check out my other stories of Mui Ne here:

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15 thoughts on “Chasing the Sunset at the Red Sand Dunes in Mui Ne, Vietnam”

  1. @onig: Thanks for reading! 🙂

    @docgelo: couldn't help but stare at it. very bilog! 🙂

    @mavic: thanks for dropping by. 

    @ian: thanks ian! lol sa idol. haha. 🙂 tagal ko ngang nawala. 

  2. great post! another adventure to try in ho chi minh. thanks for sharing! great photos by the way, colors so vivid. hehe

  3. so the sand turns from white to read with the setting of the sun? thats beautiful. Really, too bad about the garbage. Maybe the government can set up actual tourist “spots” on the dune so that they can set up garbage bins and they can control the garbage situation.

  4. @pajama peejay: yep, i hope they do something about it.

    @bertN: yes it is.

    @lakwatserong tsinelas: thanks sir! 🙂

    @Rizalenio: Thanks! 🙂

    @zodio: haha, no there's a white sand dunes and a red sand dunes. 🙂 great idea zodio. 

    @arlyne: thanks!

    @May: enjoy and have a safe trip!

  5. Was it because of the time constraint? Or is it far from the White sand dunes? On the tour, itself arranged were you the only people in the rented jeepney and there any entrance fees in those places you visited in the itin?

    • Hi Ian, The Red Sand Dunes is a little far from the White Sand Dunes, and also because we spent more time in the White Sand Dunes before we left for this place. Yes, we’re the only ones inside the rented jeepney. No, there are no entrance fees in these tourist places. 🙂


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