First of all, we do not recommend to travel from Mui Ne to Hoi An in one leg. Instead, make a stop in Dalat or Nha Trang to split this long journey.
If you don’t have extra time to include Dalat or Nha Trang in your itinerary, you have a couple of options to complete this route in 16 to 17 hours.
The bus is not the safest option, but a lot easier than taking the train. The advantage of the bus is that they leave from Mui Ne center and drop you off in the center of Hoi An.
The train offers more comfort and is safer than travelling by bus. But this is not the easiest option. You have to travel to Muong Man railway station and also from Da Nang to Hoi An. Bear in mind that the taxi from Mui Ne to the railway station already costs $33.
There is no airport close to Mui Ne. This means you first have to travel to Ho Chi Minh or Nha Trang if you want to fly from Mui Ne to Hoi An. This won’t save you any time compared to the train or bus.
The Sinh Tourist is one of the most popular bus companies in Vietnam. They also receive fewer complaints compared to other bus companies.
The best option you have is to take this Sinh Tourist bus at 13:00 from Mui Ne. This bus will make a short stop of 1.5 hours in Nha Trang and then continue its journey to Hoi An with Hanh Cafe. The bus drops you off at 6:00 in the morning close to the center of Hoi An.
You think you can only find good banana pancakes in Thailand? Wait till you get them for breakfast at HaLo HomeStay. This homestay has it all: The high-end standard of a hotel combined with the family feeling of a homestay. The owners serve a lovely breakfast and will do everything to get most out of your stay. You can explore Hoi An with their free bicycle rental and reach the Old Quarter or beach within 5 minutes.
When Halo Homestay is already fully booked, there are still several other great options to stay in Hoi An. Flame Flowers Homestay is one of them. Expect a very warm welcome from the owners. They will feel like family from the moment you meet them.
Looking for a more luxurious experience right next to the beach? This little villa is within walking distance from the beach and is a perfect place to stay when you want to escape from the busy city life. Chill at the beach, relax at the pool and have a great night of sleep in a comfy bed.
The online activity platform Klook offers many tours in Hoi An at great prices. I used it now for a couple of times and had great experiences. And the prices are often even lower than when you book with a local travel agent!
And most important, by booking the activity in advance, you avoid the problem of fully booked tours.