MUI NE BEACH
Mui Ne beach is part of Phan Thiet district, and Phan Thiet is the capital of Binh Thuan province. Mui Ne is a fishing village that actually located on the Mui Ne peninsula, and Mui Ne beach is not there. Phan Thiet is a fairly young town, with the town’s 100th anniversary only celebrated in 1998. 100 years ago, Phan Thiet was a small fishing village, which today has grown into one of the main beach resorts in the southern part of Vietnam. The city of Phan Thiet is divided into 18 districts and Ham Tien is the Mui Ne Beach Resort District where can be found hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants on both sides of the road.
The beach area on the other side of Phan Thiet is called Tien Thanh (Golden Coast), and also Ke Ga beach where there are also many hotel resorts. It is more suited to the peace and tranquillity-loving holidaymaker and probably too quiet for the more active holidaymaker. The city of Phan Thiet is located between Ham Tien and Tien Thanh beaches. To go to the other beach area you will have to drive through Phan Thiet and probably need to change hotel. Mũi Né – Wikipedia
Mui Ne beach (Rang Beach – Ham Tien) was only discovered by foreigners in 1995 when Mui Ne was the ideal place to watch the sun eclipse. Decades ago, Ham Tien had a small sandy beach road where fishermen lived with their families, their huts not even having addresses. The Mui Ne peninsula has always been a good hiding place for fishermen’s boats to shelter from storms.
Phan Thiet has a typical coastal climate where the sun shines all year round. The average annual temperature is 29°C with two main seasons: a completely dry season (November to April) and a wet season (May to October). Phan Thiet – Mui Ne is also the poorest place in Vietnam in terms of rainfall. Rainfall occurs mostly in the evenings when the sun goes down and more so in August. The best time to visit Mui Ne is between September and April when there is a nice cool sea breeze.
PHAN THIET HISTORY
The areas of today’s Phan Thiet city and Binh Thuan province were inhabited by the ancient Champa kingdom (NAGARA CAMPA (VN: Chăm Pa) from the 2nd century BC where Phan Thiet was under the rule of the Champa metropolis of Panduranga (Phan Rang-Tháp Chàm). The Champa people called Phan Thiet “Hamu Lith”. “Hamu” refers to the village and “Lithit” to the seaside. Throughout the centuries, the Cham culture has been influenced by Cambodia, China, and India. In 1471, tired of wars, the Cham empire finally collapsed in surrender to the Annam (Vietnamese) emperor Thanh Ton. The region was completely conquered by the Nguyễn Dynasty (Đại Việt Empire) in 1692 and renamed Binh Thuan Dinh. In 1825, Emperor Minh Mang transformed the region into Binh Thuan Province. During the Vietnam War, Phan Thiet and Binh Thuan Province were the base for several military installations.
Traditionally, fishing and the production of fish sauce have always been the main source of income for Phan Thiet. In the 1990s, when tourism development gained momentum, and tourism has taken over from the fishing industry as the main employer in Phan Thiet.
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