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Written by Savi, 34 Comments

Despite being less than 5 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne is off the beaten path in Vietnam. We’ve spoken so much about the beaches and sand dunes in this part of Vietnam, but it is the early morning fishing market that is the focal point of this tiny fishing village on the Eastern coast of Vietnam.


Every evening local fishermen leave for a long night of fishing. They are effectively surrendering themselves to the sea because their small boats are ill-equipped to handle bad weather or rough seas. At dawn, the fortunate ones return with seafood by the kilogram and their wives take over.


The catch is meticulously sorted, cleaned, and sold to local restaurant owners and street food vendors on the spot. The frenzied rhythm of the market is hard to understand for a mere bystander but closer inspection reveals the method underlying the madness. We loved experiencing the chaos of Mui Ne’s fishing market and wanted to share it with you. This is the story of dozens of humble fishermen and their wives that makes Mui Ne special 🙂

Mui Ne Fishing village Vietnam
At sunrise, fishermen return to the shore after a long night at the sea


Mui Ne Fishing village Vietnam
Tell-tale signs of the tiring night are everywhere to be seen as the fishermen pull into the shore


Mui Ne Fishing Village Vietnam
Fisherwomen are up at the crack of dawn and wait impatiently for the men to reach the village


As they pull into the shore, the
Sorting starts almost as soon as the night’s catch is handed to them


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Sorting of shrimps, scallops, fish, and eels continues and shells are tossed aside with abandon


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Over the years, thousands of discarded shells have been integrated into the sand making this one of the most unique beaches in the world


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Once sorted, produce is washed thoroughly – you guessed it- on the spot!! The skilled fisherwomen don’t let even 1 shrimp go waste


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Fisherwomen display their wares with pride


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Seafood is sold to restaurant owners, street-food vendors, and exporters on the spot


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Right opposite the fish market, stall owners sample fresh sea food as they BBQ scallops and other delicacies for customers


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Some prefer to absorb the chaos from a vantage point


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
Once the last of the vendors walks away, a sudden calm descends on this beach


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
The boats seem to be stuck in limbo for the rest of the day. They rest on blue waters, eagerly waiting for the sun to set


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
As evening descends, fishermen prepare their colourful but flimsy boats for another night at the sea


Mui Ne fishing village Vietnam
At sunset, fishermen set out for a night at the seas …. once again!!

Have these photos tempted you to visit Mui Ne? Read our article on the Top 10 Things To Do in Mui Ne to see how you could be spending your days in this part of Vietnam 🙂

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Don’t forget to read our tips on accommodation, street food, and sightseeing in Vietnam

Read about  a natural wonder of the world in Mui Ne – The surreal White Sand Dunes of Vietnam

Looking for a place to stay in Mui Ne? Read about our experience at Pandanus Resorts

34 thoughts on “Mui Ne, Vietnam – The story of a fishing village in photos

    1. Thanks Katie- we’ve never seen a beach quite like it. Chaotic, even smelly, but endlessly fascinating 🙂

  1. Absolutely amazing photographs and text. for a few moments, I felt transported to the life of one of the fisherfolk in Mui Ne. Please do more posts like these, giving a glimpse into the local lives of people in places that you visit?

    1. Hey Amiya – will definitely take your suggestion onboard and do more posts like this 🙂 So glad to hear you enjoyed it

    1. Loved your photos Jon – it’s amazing to see the similarities between the two countries’ fishing communities, wow!!

    1. Haha – yeah fish markets can smell rank. But there’s tons to do in Mui Ne besides the fish market too 🙂

  2. Beautiful photos. Gran Canaria’s very much a fishing community too. Let’s see if the fishermen over here give us such great access as you received in Vietnam. Thanks for inspiring us so.

    1. I’m sure the fishing community in Gran Canaria is vastly different Matthew. Have you written anything on the subject? Would love to read it 🙂

    1. Thanks a ton Katie – Mui Ne seems like a different world altogether. A lot of the amenities we take for granted in the Western world are missing, but locals seem to be happier (they’re perpetually smiling!) – food for thought eh? 🙂

  3. Lovely article and some amazing photos as always… I love the way you give us a peek into the lifestyle and routine of places you visited.. So fascinating! 🙂

  4. I love every single one of these photos! That sunset look absolutely stunning and the boats are so colourful. The beach really does look unique with all those shells dotted everywhere. You have certainly tempted me to visit Mui Ne!

    1. Thanks guys 🙂 The mighty sea is bound to make one feel miniscule. It’s amazing to see how human beings work in tandem with the sea to reap benefits in Mui Ne

  5. Hey you guys, I am planning a trip to Vietnam pretty soon-next month to be precise. I really want to take the road less travelled;p So your post about Mui Ne caught my eye but I do not have much time to spare-I am planning to visit Saigon and the Mekong Delta and then head up north along the countryside squeezing Hoi An and whatever other World heritage sites as best as I can in my schedule all the way up to Hanoi, so is a trip to Mui Ne advisable I would like to ask. Thanks and your blog is really helpful may I add, one of the few going around;p Thanks again.

    1. Hey there – thanks a ton 🙂 Since you have quite a packed schedule, just skip Mui Ne and enjoy the time you have in Saigon and Hoi An

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