- From November 20. 2020 until March 01. 2021
Welcome to Kite Camp Istria in Vietnam!
Kite Camp Istria, in collaboaration with Mana Kite Center, is located at Unique Hotel on Mui Ne beach. We will offer Kitesurf and surf lessons, kitesurf equipment rental, private storage, beach assistance and more services for you to have the best experience with us.
The team is more than happy to share with you her favorite places, restaurants, bars, spas etc… We can also organize airport transfer and accommodation for you. Feel free to contact us for any tips or advices you may need to organize your trip before and during your stay in Vietnam.
Streets in Mui Ne, Vietnam is famous for its crowded places, typical food markets, hectic streets, and the rules on these streets are a bit different than western tourists may be used to. The village of Mui Ne is a small fishing village on a cape between two famous kite beaches - Malibu and Mui Ne bay (Ham Tien). An A 15km long coastal road runs parallel to the kite beach, passing through Ham Tien and Mui Ne village. On this street, you can find everything you need: markets, restaurants, hotels, hostels, pharmacies, hospitals, souvenir shops, etc.
- The temperature of the water is approx 25°C
Mui Ne beach for kitesurfing
Choppy water with shore break, small to big, depending on the day.
The spot where we are stationed at MANA Kite Center (Unique Hotel) is one of the widest parts of the beach in Mui Ne. As a result, you will have plenty of space to take your first lesson with us and feel safe to set up, land and launch your kite without any obstacles around. It's a perfect spot for beginners and advanced riders alike. Choppy water in combination with a shore break can seem a bit challenging in the beginning but passing through your lesson plan step by step guided by your certified IKO instructor means you won't have any problems getting the experience you need to become an independent kitesurfer, riding safely for himself and others on the water.
Wind for kitesurfing
- 1.5km long sandy beach Side, Side-Onshore wind (NE)
- Wind strength from 15-30 knots
Malibu beach for kitesurfing
Malibu is a wave spot with nice flat water in between the waves. Waves can vary in size from 0.5m to 3m, depending on the day. The beach at Malibu is wide and sandy, without obstacles, and is also a great place to take your first steps into kiting.
It's also a perfect kite spot for wave riding, freeride and big air. At Malibu, we are stationed in the beautiful Nam Chau resort, at Source Kiteboarding – the Vietnamese home of North Kiteboarding.
Wind for kitesurfing
- 1 Approximately 1km long sandy beach, Side-Onshore, Onshore wind (NE)
- Wind strength from 15-30 knots
Phan Rang beach for kitesurfing
The spot is a lagoon with perfect flat water and amazing waves breaking outside the lagoon. To have enough water for safe kiting in the lagoon it is necessary to have a high tide, and for that reason that we wait for a full or new moon to organize the trip to Phan Rang. Perfect spot for beginners, freestyle, wave ride, big air, freeride.
Wind for kitesurfing
- Situated 150km from Mui Ne with a 1km long coral/sandy beach
- Side, Side-Onshore wind( NE ), 15 – 40 knots
Side-shore is the safest wind-condition!
Questions & Answers
- Why Kite Camp with us?
We are passionate about all water sports especially kiteboarding. We are IKO Certified and experienced instructors with a high level of teaching and riding. We would love to share our experience and knowledge with you.
- What languages are spoken?
We speak English, Italian, French, Portuguese and Croatian.
- Transfer from airport to Mui Ne?
After a long flight, if you feel like avoiding the complication of taking buses to Ho Chi Minh City bus station and then to Mui Ne, we can arrange a private car for you!
Depending on how many passengers, and your personal needs, we can provide you with the perfect type of car for your transfer. The price for one way journey is between 80-100$, depending on car type. We can offer a normal 5 seater sedan car, a larger 7 seater 4x4, or a minibus with 16 seats. The minibus is the best option if you are coming with your family or friends, or if you are traveling with large luggage or boardbags.
On your way to Mui Ne, you can stop several times to have a break to eat, use bathroom facilities or just enjoy the beautiful scenery for a moment and take some photos! In the end, our driver will take you directly to your accommodation safely and without delay. All of our vehicles are modern and are equipped with AC and comfortable seats.
There is also an option of taking a luxury bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne. It is a 16 seater bus which takes you directly from Tan Son Nhat Airport to your accommodation in Mui Ne. It is a more economical option than a private car if you are traveling alone. Price is 15$ one way. You can book it via this link: https://www.vietnambustickets.com/saigon-airport-muine.aspx#mui-ne
Check their online timetable for departure times, but be aware that after you land at Tan son Nhat Airport, it can take approx. 1-2h to exit the airport. If you have chosen the Visa "Fast Track" option it will be faster.
Sleeping buses depart almost every hour during the day from Ho Chi Minh City center, so it’s convenient to choose a departure time that best works for you. The last departure is around 10:30pm and it takes about 5 hours to travel from HCMC to Mui Ne. Because of the long ride, the bus usually stops at a rest stop where you can have a meal, take a break, or use the restroom. There are two types of bus: sleeper bus and seated bus. Normally the buses are clean, tidy and comfortable. You will get a blanket and a small bottle of water included in the price. AC is usually set at around 20 degrees celsius so it can feel a bit chilly on board. We recommend you take a pair of socks and some long sleeves or pants for the bus in case you are cold.
These buses have two floors and 40 beds. The passengers can rest, sleep, and have room to relax. However, keep in mind that these buses are designed for the Vietnamese, so the length of the bed is around 1.6 meters or 5.2 feet in height. If you are a tall person, you may not be able to stretch out completely. The ticket price is around 7 USD one way.
- take a private Taxi (10-15$) or
- take the yellow tourist shuttle bus from the airport. Tickets cost around 40,000vnd/1.50$ per person. If you have big board bags, check first if the bus driver will accept them!
To arrive at your accommodation via sleeping bus, just let the driver know the exact name and address of your hotel or guesthouse and he will drop you off right in front of it, or as close as possible!
If you need any additional information or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!
Here we have a few suggestions for you to choose from, according to your needs and budget. All of these accommodation options are located in different areas of Mui Ne and have different prices and facilities. Contact us to arrange the best deal, avoiding any additional online booking commission.
Unique Mui Ne Resort
If you want to be located right in Ham Tien at MANA Kite Center kite spot then this is the best place for you. Unique has an amazing rooftop from where you have a spectacular view of Mui Ne beach and you can enjoy some beautiful sunsets from up there. Also featuring a spa, pool, and restaurant.
Check online for details: https://uniquevn.com/
Thuy Thuy Cottages
This beautiful complex is situated in the middle of the Main Street of Mui Ne/Ham Tien, on the hillside. Thuy Thuy is a 3,000 square meter property with 9 private & spacious bungalows, pool and massage facility.
Check online for details: http://www.thuythuyresort.com/
Nam Chau Boutique Resort
Would you like to wake up with Malibu beach right in front of your bungalow? If yes, then this would be the best accommodation for you. The resort is set in a three-hectare tropical garden with rustic bungalows made from mostly natural materials like bamboo and thatched roofs. It also features a pool, restaurant and special discount for the spa at the next door four-star Pandanus Resort.
Check online for details: http://www.namchauresort.com
- What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel your booking for any reasons;
- 60 days before the start date: 50% refund
- Less than 60 days before start date: 25% refund
- Less than 20 days before the start date: No refund
- Do I need a Visa?
Book with us – If you have never applied for a Vietnam Visa before and you want to be hassle-free, then the right thing to do is to let us do the hard work for you...
- Send us a copy of your passport & flight ticket at least 1 month before arrival
- Choose which type of Visa you want. Pay a deposit to confirm
- Receive & print off your authorized Vietnam visa approval letter & visa application form
- Upon arrival bring your documents along (visa approval letter, passport, application form, relevant stamp fee in dollars and 2 passport photos) to the Vietnam Visa On Arrival counter
- 1 month single entry – 3 months single entry
- 1 month multiple entry – 3 months multiple entry
Important notice: During busy periods around Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, there can be a delay at the airport (up to 2h waiting) to get your visa on arrival
Book Online – It is also possible to book your Visa through some Online Visa Services. On this link, you can find all the informations needed and apply for your Visa online. There is also an option of "Fast Track" which helps you avoid long waiting times in the airport, at an additional cost.
You can apply for your Visa through this recommended site: https://www.vietnam-visa.org.vn/apply-visa.html
- What about Money?
- 1 Euro = 25 906.2791 Vietnamese dong
- 1 U.S. dollar = 23 255.814 Vietnamese dong
We are going to show you the shop in Mui Ne with the best rate exchange.
- What about Phan Rang?
Trip to Phan Rang
We organize a trip to the next kite spot (150km from Mui Ne) - Phan Rang, My Hoa beach. The trips are organized according to the conditions of wind and tide at the time.
Transfer from Mui Ne to Phan Rang and back it costs 40$ per person. Additional payments are required for use of beach facilities, accommodation, food, drinks, waterfall excursion, lessons, rentals, etc.
- stay with us directly on the kite spot
- book a room in the city of Phan Rang (17km from My Hoa kite spot)
- Do I need sun cream?
Get the best sun cream possible and we recommend to use zinc for the face, as the sun is quite strong.
- Do I need sunglasses in the water?
It is recommended to kite with sunglasses if you have sensitive eyes. We recommend getting one pair with a floating strap.
- Do I need a wetsuit?
The air and water are quite warm, we don’t use wetsuits but we use shorties in case of irritated skin from the harness and sand.
- Nearest Hospital?
5min walking from our kite beach in Mui Ne.
- Do I need mosquito protection?
There are not many mosquitos but we recommend getting some mosquito protection, for example, "Autan Tropical Repellent".
- Do I need to rent a motorbike?
The most common method of transportation in Vietnam is the motorbike. Most visitors rent a motorbike, which costs around 5$ per day for an automatic or manual bike with a 110cc-125cc engine. Although it is a fun and easy way to move around, we suggest that you should only rent a motorbike if you have experience, an International Drivers Permit, and are confident to drive in Vietnam. If not, it would be safer to walk around or use a taxi. There is also the possibility of being stopped at a police checkpoint if you do decide to rent a motorbike. But don't worry, if you decide to grab a motorbike to get around we will arm you with some useful tips and tricks to avoid hassle with the police.
- Where to eat and Party?
There are so many choices in Mui Ne when it comes to street food stalls and restaurants. We know plenty of places which we can recommend to you, depending on your taste and budget, but there are always more delicious spots to discover!
There are lots of tasty, cheap Vietnamese food but also many other choices from other Asian cuisines, and also Western-style food. There are some dedicated vegetarian and vegan places but most restaurants will have vegetarian/vegan offerings on the menu.
Mui Ne is a fishing village so fresh seafood is very common here, Pho (Vietnamese soup) and Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) are must-tries at one of many local places - Sau Sau, where a lovely Vietnamese lady serves you delicious street food and on the side a Vietnamese Cafe Sua Da (Coffee with sweet milk and ice). If you need a break from Vietnamese food, you can grab a Kebab, Burger or a Pizza too, at one of Mui Ne's many Western-style places, no worries about that!
A list of some recommended places
- Food Court / Dong Vui – Serving all types of cuisine, including vegetarian, Indian, Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish, and a full bar serving craft beers and cocktails.
- Bia Hoi – A local place, famous for crocodile meat served in a delicious white sauce, where you get your own BBQ and grill on the table. The ultimate BBQ experience with amazing local food. For carnivores only!
- Tropic Hostel – Serving Serbian cuisine, including amazing burgers with home-made buns (Pljeskavica) and all kinds of different Balkan specialities
- Sau Sau – street food
- LuBu – Vietnamese cafe with a nice relaxed ambience, perfect for breakfast and first morning coffees
Nightlife in Mui Ne is located in a fairly compact area, comprising hotel bars, late-night restaurants, and chill-out lounges set along Mui Ne Beach. Exuding a relaxed ambience, these establishments feature charming interiors, friendly service, and not forgetting lots of booze and food at affordable prices – a perfect combination for a fun night out with locals and fellow surfers. Most of Phan Thiet and Mui Ne’s most popular nightlife spots are also great for catching vibrant parties, cultural nights, movie screenings, bonfires, dance performances, and guest DJs from all across Vietnam and many other foreign countries.
- Night Clubs – Dragon Beach, Line-Up, Chameleon Bar
- Live music bars – Joe´s cafe, Cargo Remote
- Sundowner after the kite session – Unique rooftop bar
- Bars – Mooneys Irish Bar, Hills Burgeria, Portside, Bar17