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Kite surfing Mui Ne – Vietnam

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We did not know much about Mui Ne before we decided to go there together with my brother and his girlfriend. So we were a bit surprised when we discovered that this place was one of the best and not least the most popular place to go kite surfing in South East Asia! The Mui Ne beach, not the beach we stayed at (White Sand Beach), was packed with kite schools and kite surfers, from beginners to pros.

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The Mui Ne Beach packed with kites and kite surfers.

It so happened I had my birthday while we were in Mui Ne. We did not have any plans for the day, except to go out to a nice restaurant for dinner in the evening for a little celebration.

The day started at the White Sand Beach, relaxing in the sunbeds when all of a sudden my brother came walking to the beach with a birthday cake! Iiiiihaaa, what a nice surprise! The cake was beautifully decorated with white and blue meringue flowers, and tasted delicious! 🙂

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Me and my birthday cake at White Sand Beach.

The surprises didn`t stop there, oh no! It turned out that Espen, Christer, and Mari had arranged for us to take a Kite Surfing course!!! Wooow!!! I have for a long time wanted to learn kite surfing, so I was so happy to finally try it out! It was my best birthday present ever!

We took the introduction kite surfing course (level 1 of the education of http://www.ikointl.com/) at Surfpoint Kite surfing School. Many of the kite surfing schools in Mui Ne were Russian and only took in Russian people. This was one of the few that spoke English and took in Kite Surfing students from all over the world.

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Surfpoint Kite Surfing School at Mui Ne.
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Me at the Surfpoint Kite Surfing School.

We had a fantastic kite instructor, Adam, who explained everything we needed to know. After a short theory lesson at the beach (explaining the wind window and so on), we started out with a small training kite.

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We started with a small training kite.
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Me steering the training kite.
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My brother Christer steering the training kite.
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Espen with the small training kite.
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Christer practicing with the training kite.
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After a while, we continued with a big kite. Our instructor Adam, Espen, and me having fun at the kite surfing course.
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Me practicing with the big kite (to the left). Christer helping me launch the big kite (to the right).
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Me steering the big kite, under the supervision of our instructor Adam.
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I was so happy about this birthday present! One of the best birthday presents I have ever got!

After this introduction course, we all were caught by the kite surfing bug. Espen and Christer went back to take the kite surfing one step further. They both did body dragging in the sea. It turned out, however, that the waves were really big this day, so it was difficult and not ideal for beginners.

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Espen walking back after a body dragging trip in the water, together with his instructor Peter.
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Espen doing body dragging (he is the little dark spot to the left in the sea).
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Christer on his way back from body dragging in the water, together with his kite instructor Adam.
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Pretty crowded at the Mui Ne Beach.

I really enjoyed my birthday kitesurfing Mui Ne, it was perfect! Even though we only took the three hours introduction course, we were all caught by the kite surfing bug! The instructors Adam and Peter at the Surfpoint Kite Surfing School were great and very professional! We felt very safe.

Mui Ne is however not perfect for beginners, in my opinion. The waves are too big, and the beach is so crowded and full of kite surfers that people crash into each other once in a while. But the wind is constant.

Espen and I later went to Sri Lanka, where we took some more kite surfing lessons at Kalpitiya. Kalpitiya is perfect for beginners, with a shallow lagoon and no waves, and not that many other kite surfers.

PS! Thank you so much, Mari, for taking all the photos of us kiting!


Where To Stay In Mui Ne

White Sands Resort – We stayed at White Sands Resort and loved it! The bungalows are located right on the beach, and this resort has the best private beach in Mui Ne, with no other hotels using it. It is very relaxed and quiet. The resort is located a little out of Mui Ne town, but you can easily walk or take a taxi into town. Read our review of White Sands Resort HERE.

  • Address: Km 8 Nguyen Thong Street, Phu Hai Ward, Ham Tien / Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
  • Price: from 77 us$

Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Vietnam travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below:

Vietnam Lonely Planet   Vietnam Guide Book   Vietnam Rough Guide   Vietnam LP


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Written by Maria Wulff Hauglann

Maria is a Norwegian travel nerd who has explored more than thirty countries on four continents. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, as well as an MBA. In 2014 while on a year-long trip across South East- Asia, Maria co-founded the travel blog Nerd Nomads to help others get out and explore the world. In 2018 she left her day job permanently for a life of full-time travel. See our about page for more about Maria.

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  1. Maria, loved the pictures you’ve got of Mui Ne. That first image below the main one is pretty epic. I just love the scene that you captured there. My wife and I probably won’t be making it to Mui Ne but I’m definitely going to float the idea past her, after seeing this photo. It seems like a doable day trip from HCMC. Is that what you did or did you stay there for a while? I notice you’ve got a few posts on Mui Ne in general. Maybe I should go look and find out myself, lol.

    Thanks for sharing this. I love reading through your stuff here. Take Care Maria.

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