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“Private Rooms are Great, Bunk Rooms are Really Hot” 3 of 5 stars
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Mui Ne Backpackers Resort
88 Nguyen Dinh Chieu | Ham Tien, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet, Vietnam   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Private Rooms are Great, Bunk Rooms are Really Hot”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Myself and the girlfriend had the opportunity to stay two nights at Backpackers. Our first night was in a private room. Second night was in the shared bunk since the rooms were booked. Rachel the temp manager was very kind upon arrival and throughout our stay. Although she definitely works too many hours.

Overall a nice place was nice and we had a great stay. It was a bit pricey for Vietnam standards but understandably with a western run place in a good part of town.

The one major complaint is in regards to the dorms and lack of air-con/fan. The air con is only on for the night time and shuts off around 8am? I woke up extremely hot with no fan or air con option. This also removes the option for a mid day nap. It is an excuse to get outside but sometimes it's nice to break inside for part of theday especially when prices are closer to western prices. My recommendation for Backpackers is to spend a few dollars for a fan in the dorms.
The private room was great! On the water with round the clock air condiioning.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for writing a review and acknowledging the effort that Rachel expends. She works the hours that are necessary to help run a Backpackers in Vietnam. The dorm rooms are airconditioned, however, on occasion a guest may mistakenly turn off the electricity as the switch is beside the door. The AC is turned off at 9 am in the dorm rooms. This is common practice in many hostels around the world. The AC is turned off around this time as guests are leaving or moving around so inevitably doors are left open. We try to be environmentally responsible by conserving energy where we can. We hope our guests share our concerns about the future of our planet. We will certainly implement your suggestion of fans in the dorm rooms. We trust that you will enjoy the remainder of your travels in Vietnam.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This is a great place to meet other independent travellers. It's clean, friendly and close to everything. The dorms have big enough lockers to store all luggage. Rachel was great and was always very helpful. Thank you

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Hi Amanda,
Thank you for your great review and very kind words !!! (from Rachel). Enjoy the remainder of your trip !!!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Mui Ne Backpackers resort has a good location on the strip in Mui Ne, close to most of the good restaurants and bars. The dorm rooms were clean and well maintained, with very decent, modern and clean bathrooms by SE. Asian standards. Large lockers in the rooms. Sands dunes tour booked from the front desk was pretty decent, which included jeep transport to the Fairy Stream, White Dunes and Red Dunes. The resort as a whole is well-kept and maintained too. The staff were fine - the manager, Rachel was friendly but also came off as a bit surly - perhaps because she appeared to be running the place by herself, so I will let her off for that.

For all the positives though, I take issue with the fact that they call themselves a backpackers resort. They have a pool, but there were no sun-loungers or seats. Consequently very few people used the pool while I was there - nice for a quick dip but no place for socialising or hanging our during the day. The beachside area was nice, but there was a serious lack of sun-loungers, and an area which looked to accommodate a bar but was empty. There is no social gathering space to speak of, except for the few seats in the reception area, which I consider essential to resort geared towards backpackers. They also offer no food, coffee, breakfast e.t.c, although they have a small selection of drinks by the reception.

All of these things mean that while the accommodation and resort in general are of a high quality and decent value, there is no atmosphere to speak of. However you are likely to meet other travelers by virtue of the fact that a lot of independent travellers to Mui Ne end up here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Ashley,
Thank you for writing a review. Agreed, we have a great location right in the middle of the Mui Ne Beach and tourist strip. When we acquired the property in 2008 it was a very run down guest house. The property has since undergone extensive renovation. When we bought the property we understood that we would be limited by the physical size. The Beachfront has seventeen sun lounges, we are unable to fit any more into the space that we have. However, there are soft mats or beach towels that can be used to to lay on the grassed area.. There are also chairs and tables that are available around the pool. Our biggest pool is out the back ... it's called the South China Sea !!! Over 5 years at Mui Ne Backpackers we have found that most guests find the establishment to be very friendly and a great place to meet other travellers. We don't have a bar due to the physical size of the property, there are many bars close by and we ensure that our guests have good sleep quality. Rachel, our current manager is a very friendly, obliging young lady. She has been managing the hostel in my absence and she organizes group dinners at night for those guests that wish to go. She is ably assisted by Lien, Giang, Thanh and a number of other Vietnamese staff. Enjoy your travels around our beautiful and friendly country.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Booked for 3 nights and stayed for 6! Loved the location right on the beach. Booked a private with ocean view. Clean with good AC and showers. Rachel and her team are super nice and friendly.
Could use a few more beach loungers as some days you have to fight for the few available. But there is also a grassy area to put your towel down.
Would go back there anytime!!!!
Go and have a Döner Kebab at Sindbad's - you won't be disappointed!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
From Rachel, our manager !!!

Traveltussi- Loved having you guys stay! You three were a great group to have- either bumping into you in Sa kara for an evening cocktail or seeing you guys relax in the back property through out the day. Thank you for your wonderful review and safe travels!!!
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This place is without doubt the best place in Vietnam to stay. Had an amazing time with my mate (unfortunately he's Canadian). Even that couldn't have put a downer on how good it was. We were meant to stay for 3 nights but ended up staying 8 or 9. Rooms were brilliant we tried out many. Beach front was also amazing a nice chilled out place to sit and drink yourself into a frenzy. The manger Rachel gave second to none service and was an absolute laugh. Probably the best part about it. Absolute legend. Thanks again Rach. Your drunken mate. Pete

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
From Rachel

Pete- You and Tom were my daily dose of laughter. I never got sick of seeing you two bobbling around the pool or splashing around in the waves, then coming back up for a beer (or several). I'm so happy you two stayed for as many nights as you did, it was my pleasure/goal to keep you on the property!! Hope all's well back in the UK and take it easy on the Grandpa's ol' cough medicine! Keep in touch!! xxxx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Mui Ne Backpackers was a perfect destination for my week trip in Mui Ne. The beachfront property report has clean rooms right in the heart of the town. You can enjoy the beach during the day and the city at night. In addition to the location and clean rooms, the staff was beyond helpful. The girl at the front, Rachel, made a lasting impression during my stay. She went out of her way to make sure we had a nice stay. She recommended places to eat and places to go at night. Her laughter and high energy is contagious. I highly recommend Mui Ne Backpackers!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
From Rachel our Manager during your stay !!!

Justin- Such a blast having you stay! Thank you for your awesome review and your kind words. You definitely scoped out all the pockets of Mui Ne well and will be missed! Wishing you safe and happy travels in the coming months!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I had a great stay here! The rooms are nice, secure and clean. I arrived a bit late but had no problems getting checked in. The manager Rachel does an awesome job of creating a comfortable, friendly and fun atmosphere. This helps make for a great place to meet other travelers, especially while hanging out at the pool or on the front deck/patio overlooking the beach. The location on the beach is great and there are plenty of good places to eat nearby. Overall, this is a great place to stay and I definitely recommend Mui Ne Backpackers Resort.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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johnjenkinsMuine, Owner at Mui Ne Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Dear Richard,
Thank you for your glowing review. It's a great spot, Rachel is also glowing from your review !!! She works hard to ensure that all our guests are comfortable. Enjoy the remainder of your travels in Vietnam and thank you again !!!
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Address: 88 Nguyen Dinh Chieu | Ham Tien, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Binh Thuan Province > Phan Thiet > Ham Tien
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Ham Tien
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mui Ne Backpackers was one of the first guesthouses to open in Mui Ne, back when Mui Ne was a little-known coconut grove with a few woven huts along the beach. From those early days until now, this family-run property has been one of the most popular budget alternatives to the big resorts that have popped up along the main road. Mui Ne Backpackers has long been recommended by Lonely Planet and other reliable travel guides. ... more   less 
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