Most buses leave around 0730. The journey can take up to 6 hours because of traffic, rest stops and the annoying habit many bus companies have of stopping at their own cafes when they get to Mui Ne, further delaying your arrival.
I would advise you to take the train - it's cheap and takes less than 4 hours to Muon Man or Phan Thiet, from where you can take a motorbike or taxi to Mui Ne.
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Come & Go
Is it pretty straight forward to get the train? And do you know if they run regularly? I tried to look it up online and their website doesnt seem to work!
This site has all the info you need about taking the train in Vietnam:
Any tour operator can book train tickets for you. The best one to take is the Golden Train to Phan Thiet. The other trains stop at Muon Man which is a few km out of Phan Thiet so more expensive by taxi.
Unless you're travelling tet week (14-20 February), you can just pick up your ticket at the train station just before you leave. The Golden train that ComeandGo mentioned leaves Saigon at 06:50 and arrives in Phan Thiet just before noon.
It isn't just that buses take longer, which they usually do, but the trip by train is much nicer without the incessant horn honking, better scenery along the way and, as ComeandGo says, the bus companies' maddening stops at company stores and restaurants just before you arrive in Phan Thiet.
Hi just got back from vietnam traveled from Ho Ch Minh City to Phan Thiet on 29th dec & back again on7 th jan booked with sinh tourist (was sinh cafe) good coach allocated seats comp btl of water 5hr drive one comfort stop halfway no complaints from this pair of 60+ travelers would do it again ours was the first drop off @ the victoria beach resort picked us up at the hotel again on the return journey mick & lilian
Bus will take 5 -6 hours and departure early on the morning , GOlden Train is nice but can not go directly to your resort ( Train stop at Muong Man Train station). If you had budget , then choosing private car ( van ) is the best . Price for 2 ways ( SGN - MUI NE /MUI NE- SGN ) about US$ 150 . Event , car( van ) will pick you up from the Airport and directly to MUI NE ( don't stop at central SGN ) or another way pick up from MUI NE then drop you up at Airport for departure.
Just ideal for comfortable if you will have budget .
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How was the weather in Dec/Jan????