Located along the coast on the west side of Mui Ne, the Fairy Stream, also called Fairy Spring or Suoi Tien, is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting this part of Vietnam. This one-of-a-kind environment is the perfect place to do a day hike on a peaceful morning or afternoon and ends with a beautiful waterfall after a soothing stroll in shallow water.
Due to its stunning scenery and serene ambiance, Fairy Stream has been regarded as one of the most relaxing places to visit in the Mui Ne area. Many tourists have likened the stream to be a miniature version of Arizona’s Grand Canyon with its winding and weaving path through whimsical red rock cliffs, jungles, giant rocks, and bamboo forests.
How to Get There
There are a few ways to reach Fairy Springs, the most popular one being on a jeep tour that stops there. Many of the organized tours of the area will cover the Red Sand Dunes and White Sand Dunes on the itinerary, with a stop to Fairy Springs.
The main downfall of going this route is you will have limited time to hike up the stream instead of renting a motorbike or a private tour guide that allows you to stay as long as you want in these places.
The Stream & Waterfall
The best way to enjoy the stream is to walk it, and it’s roughly 1 km (0.6 mi) long, or about two hours out and back. On one side of the stream, you will be met with jagged and colorful rock walls, with a lush jungle and trees on the other. At the most shallow point, the water is about ankle-deep on an adult and up to the knee at its deepest.
Because of the wet rocks and terrain in the stream, it’s ideal for hiking it barefoot. Often, you can leave your footwear with the man who collects the fees or stow them away in a backpack while you’re on your journey. The colored clay and limestone surrounding the foliage create a peaceful ambiance, perfect for connecting with nature.
Wear old clothes or clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. Even if you don’t immerse yourself in the water, a passerby or youngster will likely splash you as they cross paths with you. If you haven’t brought any snacks with you, there are plenty of food vendors on the banks with a decent menu to offer foot travelers.
Your reward for making it to the end of the stream is a small but picturesque waterfall, which also serves as your turning point. The water depth at the falls is still very shallow and only covers past someone’s ankle. It’s recommended that if you can, try to plan your trip during the weekday to avoid the crowds.
Additionally, it’s best to visit from November to March, when there isn’t much rain, or before 10 am during the warmer months.
Know Before You Go
- There’s a ticket booth at the beginning of the stream where you can pay your entry fee.
- The local name for the Fairy Stream is “Suoi Tien” in Vietnamese and is one of the top-rated attractions in the Phan Thiet region.
- If you are a photographer, bring your camera. The stream is a popular destination for aspiring and established travel photographers.
Address: Huynh Thuc Khang, Ham Tien, Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan,Vietnam
Season: Year-Round | Best from November – March
Cost: Entrance fee