On a tiny island, a mere gondola ride away from Vietnam’s high rise, high-energy beach resort of Nha Trang where you can indulge in watersports and shopping by night and indulge in spa experiences and rooftop cocktails by night, lies Vietnams answer to Disney World: Vin Pearl Land. Hon Tré Island, home of Vin Pearl Land, was formally used as a prison – but it couldn’t possess more of a different vibe today. The island hosts an array of entertainment; There’s an amusement park, a waterpark, an arcade, a 4d cinema, an aquarium, an orchid garden, a shopping town, a variety of restaurants, a private beach and an alpine coaster which sees you sledding through the mountain top past the Hollywood-esque sign, giving you a panoramic view over Nha Trang.photo credit: vinpearl.com
We had such a fun day at the park – we visited on Halloween when there were costumed entertainers and face painters also to add to the equitement! We arrived at around midday and stayed til about 5pm which was plenty of time as queues were minimal to non-existant. Where to stay: There are a few accommodation options on Hon Tré itself, however, they are all rather fancy and aimed mostly at Russian holiday makers over your average budget backpacker. We chose to stay in Backpackers House hostel, which was cheap, reasonably clean, in a good location and had a BBQ every night – YUMZA). It also meant we had access to the many buzzing bars, shops, restaurants and spas in the coastal town past dark, unlike the Vin Pearl hotels.photo credit: vinpearl.com
Getting there: We bought our VinPearl Land ticket at a local travel/tour agent for 550,000VND (around £17) which included the return bus journey to the cable car, the cable car journey itself(return) and entry to the whole of VinPearl Land for the entire day. The bus took less than 10 minutes, and the cable car, which is actually the longest over water cable car in the world (fun fact!) measuring in at an impressive 3,320m long, takes around 12minutes.
There are also options to travel via water; a speedboat takes seven minutes, a taxi canoe five minutes and the ferry takes 20 minutes and runs every half hour.
What to wear: a bikini/trunks, sunscreen, something comfortable!
There are lockers and shower rooms for you to change and store your belongings.
What to take: sunscreen, water, little bit of cash (there is a small charge plus a deposit charge for the lockers), waterproof camera, towel and a change of clothes. You can take food and drink with you although it’s pretty reasonably priced there. There’s a Lotteria – Vietnam’s answer the Maccy D’s, as you disembark the cable car, which is really really cheap!
Overall verdict: Perhaps slightly pricey for Asia, but totally worth it for a full day of fun!
- The Amusement Park rides were actually pretty awesome, despite not looking particularly scary.
- The Under Water World houses almost 300 different species from spiders and lizards to sharks and turtles and was awesome!!
- The Water Park rides were adrenaline pumping and vary from solo riding to a 6 person tube!
- The Alpine Coaster, despite looking like it’s gonna be a walk in the park was madness from halfway where you get free reign over the speed you fly down the mountain at! (don’t take the handbrake safety lesson for granted – you’re gonna need to know how to slow down!)