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Written by Savi, 33 Comments

Savi wears :-

Trousers – Primark

Waistcoat – Monsoon

Crop top – ASOS (still available at ASOS)

Sunglasses – New Look (wore them when we I talked about bikinis and beach-bummingย too)

Jewellery – Random market in Egypt


Vid wears :-

Tee – ASOS

Shorts – Topman

Flip flops – Adidas


The little fishing village of Mui Ne is a crazy place. There are amazing geographical oddities at every corner. Just last week, I wrote about the breath taking White Sand Dunes of Mui Neย and here I am writing about yet another peculiar (yet stunning) wonder of nature. The Red Sand Dunes of Mui Ne are right next to a strip of ocean-facing hotels and resorts. Yes, sand dunes next to the ocean – wonders will never cease!!


If you can’t tell by the tan I have going on in these photos, Vid and I spent our days in Vietnam sunning ourselves at the beach or gambolling barefoot in the dunes. Naturally outfits had to be comfortable and easy to throw on – these loose pyjama trousers work a treat in hot weather. I combined them with a crop top and a bright printed waistcoat. Some vintage silver jewellery and chilled beer later, I was ready for a getaway to the desert err sand dunes ๐Ÿ™‚


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Tribal prints and ethnic jewels


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Details – ethnic accessories


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Love the sun’s rays in this photo


Vid spent his time sliding down the dunes while I did what I do best – awkward bunny jumps by the dozen ๐Ÿ™‚


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Vid at the Red Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam


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There were jumps. But of course, what did you expect?


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I didn’t stop at one ๐Ÿ™‚


As the sky turned to a dusky purple, we excitedly grabbed a spot on the dunes to witness the sunset. But it was one of those days when the sun didn’t want to set. We waited and waited some more. I grabbed a cat nap – oo yeah!!


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Waiting for the sunset….


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The sun that refused to set!!


But then it came. A blaze of colours – crimson, ochre,orange, purple, and blue all at once. It was stunning. We continued to stare at the sun as we went to the neighbouring beach for a walk. At the beach, we saw fishermen getting ready for a night on the sea. The sky got darker as they sailed into the horizon. I couldn’t help thinking ofย Jack Kerouac’s sunset fromย On the Roadย (love that book – can you spot it in this outfit post from Cambodia?)


“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the colour of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the colour of love and Spanish mysteries.โ€ย 


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It was glorious when it finally did! See the couple sitting on the far end of the Red Sand Dunes?


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Sunset by the beach – equally spectacular


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One last look at the ball of fire – magic!! Spot the fisherman going to work?



Do sunsets make you feel poetic or is it just us? ๐Ÿ™‚







33 thoughts on “The Red Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam

  1. Beautiful, beautiful photos! The sunset photos are wonderful! Kind of funny, this is the 2nd post I’ve read this week about the red dunes in Viet Nam – looks to be an incredible place. I compare it to our recent visit to the white sands national park in New Mexico. I’m too old to do any photo jumps, but I do love yours! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Patti !

      The red sand dunes are becoming quite popular. That’s why we also visited the white sand dunes which are further away from Mui Ne which means that it attracts fewer tourists and is cleaner than the red sand dunes. It’s a bit of a trek, though ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. OMG, these photos are breathtaking! I savoured every bit of this post… It seems to be an amazing place. Dunes by the ocean!! Just wow. And the sunset! :-O
    Savi, u look oh-so-adorable in every bunny jump pic ๐Ÿ™‚ I love ur spontaneity! SO refreshing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Ramya ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed it. You can see the vast expanses of the ocean from the dunes and watching the sun set was a great experience. Very soothing !

  3. Savi, loved this post as well. The sunsets are always a delight to watch but this one, as clicked by Vid, is especially breathtaking. I was totally taken by the myriad of colors in the Sun itself. Very well done. Keep it up!

    1. Hey Surabhi,

      Thanks a ton. The sunset was one of the best we have seen so far. The only other that compares to this is the one we saw in Mirador del rio in Lanzarote

  4. Absolutely spectacular. I mean the sunset and the waves, can there be a better combination then that? Gorgeous !!!

    1. You are right, Nakul. We spent hours watching the sun go down every day. It was quite a sight ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Vini ๐Ÿ™‚ You should definitely go to Vietnam and if you get a chance, to the sand dunes in Mui Ne too ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I loved visiting the red sand dune in Mui Ne, mostly because it was so unexpected! I did have to deal with the local kids following me around demanding money from me. That was not fun but the dunes were amazing!

    1. Hey Karisa,

      Yes there were tons of kids asking for money ๐Ÿ™‚ The red dunes were quite spectacular – we never expected to see something like that in Vietnam. That said, we found the white dunes even prettier, especially because there were fewer tourists and kids ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This place looks beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Had not heard of the red sand dunes in Vietnam before, but will certainly be adding this to my list of places to check out while I’m there now.

  7. The last pic is my favorite, it sure is the magic ball of fire.. My most favorite Sunrise has been at Cocoa beach in Florida and Sunset at Point Arena, California.. :))

    1. Hey Jazz, it’s our favourite photo too. Wonder why sunsets never cease to be inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. hi Im going vietnam this november. just want to ask how much is the ticket price going to mui ne from Ho chi minh? pictures looks amazing thanks for sharing I might want to put it on my bucketlist

  9. My brother jut told me about your website and i read your article. Its great and i think you are doing on what you are best.Just i want to know if i like to know the budget / travel diaries / from your website for any place, is that available and if yes where ?

    1. Hey Sunny – so happy to hear you enjoy reading Bruised Passports. We’ve written about budgets for road trips in Iceland, New Zealand etc. However how much you spend heavily depends on which city you’re flying from and what kind of hotels you choose, so do keep that in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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