Monday morning, 28 September, and it is my third day in the beachside town of Nha Trang, Vietnam. I am travelling on my own again today as my “sometimes” travelling companions (my brother and his girlfriend) have left this morning to move on to Thailand.
Today I head to Hon Tre Island, otherwise known as Vinland (Vinpearl Island/Vinpearl Land/Vinpearl Amusement Park) with the big Hollywood style sign “VINPEARL”on the hill.
Vinpearl is an island just off Nha Trang, accessible by boat or by cable car. Several luxury hotels have been built on the island including Vin Pearl Resort Nha Trang and Vin Pearl Luxury. Also on Vinpearl are some nice beaches, a water park, an aquarium and the relatively newly built buddhist sanctuary that is the Truc Lam Pagoda. Given that I am only going for the day, I won’t have access to the hotels but I am looking forward to visiting the island
This is the description of Vinpearl Land amusement park on their website.
“Designed to be an independent recreational area harmoniously linked with the five-star international Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang, Vinpearl Amusement Park is built on an area of approximately 200,000m2 and consists of many modern and unique large-scale facilities comparable to the leading entertainment parks across the region and the world:”
Just sounds like fun right ?
To get to the island I catch the cable car. Sorry, my bad; what I mean to say is, based on the Vinpearl Island website description, I catch the “means of conveyance” which is:
“A Guinness record 3,320 meter (sic) long sea -crossing cable car system”
To my surprise there are no queues at the cable car entrance and I enjoy a cable car all to myself on the way over to the island. I admit I hate queuing but I begin to wonder why there are no queues and if this could be a sign of things to come? Perhaps it is the off season for Vinpearl Island, or because it is raining, or given it is a Monday morning; maybe just because it is what it is. Anyway, the lack of people in the cable car queue should have told me something…
Vinpearl Island is like an amusement park…well technically it is an amusement park.
I wander around, it is raining, not much seems to be happening and all this paving is super slippery which means I am nearly slipping in my thongs every second step which is driving me crazy! I venture into a few of the shops. Where is everybody? I have only seen about 6 other people today total and one was the guy I bought my ice cream from. Certainly nobody comes here on their own…. except me of course. What an idiot!
I head to the aquarium with crossed fingers.
The aquarium is actually quite good and I am happy to wander along the exhibits, or let the conveyor belt take me along, tapping the glass as I go (kidding.. I know you aren’t supposed to tap the glass).
The aquarium, on the Vinpearl Island website, is described as:
“The Vinpearl Under Water World covering an area of 3,400m2, which houses nearly 300 species of precious and rare sea lives.”
I have to say, the “sea lives” were pretty cool.
Once I had seen the aquarium the rest was… well…vacant so I decide to head up the hill to the pagoda.
The hill is a semi decent incline but I am glad I made the effort as the view is nice and it is peaceful… well, as peaceful as the amusement park actually, maybe just in more a respectful peaceful way…hmmm.
I had imagined spending longer on Vinpearl Island but, with not a whole lot going on, and with the occasional tumbleweed rolling by, I decide to cut my losses and head back to Nha Trang. As obvious as it might sound, an amusement park is probably not the most “fun” place for a solo traveller but I did enjoy the island for its cable car, underwater world and pagoda and am happy to leave the water park and “rides” of Vinpearl Island, Nha Trang to the non solo travelling families to enjoy.[showmyads]
For previous Vietnam post see Nha Trang beachside, recovery day after the AFL Grand Final
For next Vietnam post see Mui Ne, Vietnam – beach, beach bungalow and whole lot of relaxing