Kitesurfing in Mui-Ne, Vietnam

Since winter is coming fast to Sweden I decidec to pack up my kites and find a warm windy place to kitesurf. With so many different option it was really hard to choose. I ended up choosing between Philippines (been there already), Brasil(really expensive plane tickets), South Africa(not really into sharks 😉 ) and Vietnam. The last option won.

I really like Asia and their food. Also plane tickets from Sweden are pretty decent price. On top of that Vietnam is the new big thing in kitesurfing world.

Some facts I was able to dig out so far (with help of this guys):

Kitesurfing in Mui Ne

Mui Ne, located in the South of Vietnam, is quickly building a reputation as one of the best destinations for kitesurfing worldwide, especially for wave riders. It is blessed with the most consistent winds in all of SE Asia, which is side-onshore at most spots and accelerated by the sand dunes in the region, and it has the lowest rainfall in the country. Since the 1990s, when Vietnam opened its borders for tourism, the facilities have been upgraded as well, so you will have no problem finding a good hotel, restaurant or one of the many kitesurf centres.

Kitesurfing hotspot: Bay of Phan Thiet

When kitesurfers talk about Mui Ne, they usually mean the Bay of Phan Thiet. This bay features 17km of wide sandy beach, with predominantly choppy water and several great beach breaks to be found along the coast, allowing for excellent wave riding and downwind kitesurfing. There are several flat water spots as well for beginners and freeriders, for example near the harbour wall at the edge of Phan Thiet.

Kitespots east of Mui Ne

On the east side of the Mui Ne peninsula, there are several further great spots, although these are for the more experienced kitesurfers only. These spots are fully open to windswell from the Northeast, fuelling the big waves at ‘the Graveyard’ and in front of the hotels Pandanus and Malibu. Further east, waves are equally high at Suoi Nuoc Bay and at Bac Binh, which are both relatively quiet. In between of these two spots, conditions are more easygoing at Turtle Island (at the right wind and tide), where you will find a sand bar and relatively flat water conditions. If you have the skills, we recommend doing a downwinder from here all the way to ‘the Graveyard’.

When to go

The main season for kitesurfing in South Vietnam is November to April, when wind speed is around 25 knots most of the time. Due to the venturi effect of the sand dunes, the wind can be accelerated to even 35 knots though at several spots! Small kites will therefor usually be the preferred choice. The first months of the season, November and December, are the best for big swell. After January, the higher waves are replaced by better odds for sunshine. Water temperature hover around 28°C (82°F) all year.

 

With all that in mind and a act that I was able to find a kitesurfing job instructor in no time with great guys from C2Skykitecenter there was really not to hard to choose where to go.

I will be there 1 week from today and staying for 4 months. Woo hoo. I will escape most of Swedish darkness and cold. And change my working clothes to flip flops, board shorts and sun cream.

Will keep you posted on how its going. And one picture for the end ….

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