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Asia's best-kept tropical secret: Vinpearl Land

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Vinpearl Land is on Hòn Tre Island off Nha Trang City in Vietnam's south-east. It is said to be one of the most beautiful bays in the world, a tropical paradise and one of Asia's best-kept secrets. It has a one-kilometre white sand beach, backed by a range of hills and lush greenery. It enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year with a comfortable average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.

The five-star Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa is ideal for those who like to check in and not leave the compound. It has 500 beautifully designed guest rooms, 17 suites and two presidential suites. All have balconies with rattan furniture and views of the sea or mountains.

The resort has a great choice of restaurants and bars. Lotus Café is in the lobby area. It has open kitchens so diners can watch chefs prepare meat and fish on charcoal grills, sushi and sashimi, pizzas and kebabs and Asian noodles and soup. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The air-conditioned terrace serves international cuisine between 6.30am and 11pm.

Asiana stands on a promontory overlooking the South China Sea and serves regional dishes and fresh seafood for dinner only. Guests may enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in the bar.

Beachcomber Bar overlooks the bay and has a casual ambience and modern music.

Seaview Bar overlooks the sea and pool and has live music.

The resort pool is 5000 square metres and surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. There is a Shiseido Salon and Spa with a full range of treatments. Guests can work out at their own pace in a modern gymnasium.

Vinpearl Land has just opened a 3320 metre cable car system, the world's longest over water. Its nine pillars have the shape and structure of the Eiffel Tower (it was built by a French company) and can carry up to 1500 people an hour. The 10-minute ride makes it very simple to reach the island and the views of Nha Trang Bay are an added bonus. At night the whole thing is laser lit.

The cable car takes you to Vinpearl Amusement Park, which has a variety of indoor and outdoor games and rides, a food village and shopping street. Every night a musical fountain with laser effects entertains visitors and a 5000-seat amphitheatre with moving stage has shows and concerts.

There are loads of rides, including a swing carousel, merry-go-round, crazy bull, jet elephant, 3D and 4D movies and video games.

Location

Vietnam's south-east.

Cost

Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa has rooms starting at $231 a double a night. Breakfast is included.

Vietnam Airlines has flights to Nha Trang.

From fare
Sydney
$1234
Melbourne
$1216
Adelaide
$1251
Brisbane
$1235

The Spring Special fares are valid for sale until October 31, 2007, and for travel until November 30, 2007. All prices are based on 35-day tickets.

Cable car rides are around $4. They run between Phú Quý Tourism Pier to Hòn Tre Island between 8am-10pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 10.30pm on weekends.

For more information

Vinpearl Land
Vinh Nguyen
Nha Trang
Vietnam
Ph: +84 58 598 123
Fax: +84 58 881 666
Website: www.vinpearlland.com
Email: info@vinpearlland.com

Sofitel Vinpearl Resort & Spa
Vinh Nguyen Ward
Nha Trang
Vietnam
Ph: +84 58 598 188
Fax: +84 58 598 199
Website: www.sofitelvinpearl.com
Email: info@vinpearlland.com

Vietnam Airlines
Website: www.vietnamairlines.com

Vietnam It is recommended travellers to Vietnam see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Vietnam. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.welltogo.com.au

User comments
Vietnam is an amazingly beautiful country, with wonderful people, beaches and sites to see. Nha Trang and Vinpearl are the ONLY places in Vietnam I found to be completely soulless, dirty and unappealing. Avoid this tourist *** hole at all costs!
why anyone would want to travel to another country to watse good money on 5 star accomodation is behond me. i have traveled through about 45 countries in my life time and if i had money to burn, i would rather give it to a good NGO that educates the poor. please think twice about 5 star waste. realise you are just lining the pockets of some rich person. if doing little in a compound with sandy views is your thing, you can find it in you own land. happy travels
We visited Vinpearlland in December, lovely cablecar ride over, but the amusement park is like an empty Disneyland, expensive meals and shops and not many rides open, the most alarming discovery was a monkey bike riding spectacle. These poor animals were made to ride bicycles dressed in dirty silk pyjamas and if they fell off they were whipped by their trainer who also could of been dressed more smartly. I will never forget the look on their faces, SCARED, it made me feel sick, especially to see the audience enjoying it so much, we were also about the only westerners watching....
Was in Vietnam a few years ago, hired a boat from Na Trang and tried to swim onto a beach from boat- about 100 metres. Half way there jetski started buzzing me, actually attemping to run me down while I dived under it as it raced overhead. Mangaed to get back to boat (just). Driver told me this is a private beach owned by this resort-no problem with that, but I do have problem with a *** on a jetski trying to stop me step foot on a private beach. Avoid this resort at all cost full of motorised water toys, and tacky kitch ***. Not to mention the staff try to kill people swimming on 'thier' beach.
What a disapointment Vin pearl resort was. we planned this part of vietnam to be our five star relaxation and found "wally world" instead. They are not five star or family friendly. You are isolated on the island and have to travel across to the mainland by boat. We even tried to find accom off the resort but all was booked out. The service is appalling and of three star standard. We are an Australian family and were one of the only western families there. I watched in horror as the guests at the breakfast buffet pick food from the platters with their chopsticks. They are about to open another wing to the resort (500) extra rooms.Imagine breakfast with that many people.. I can't see how they will manage this when they are already suffering. My recomomendation is go past Nha Trang and head for Hoi Ann and Hue. We travelled for 3 weeks with children and found Vientam a great place and the people friendly.Vin Pearl is a big waste of time . So many other lovely places to see in Vietnam
We were lucky enough to stay at this resort earlier this year. Certainly worth a visit and the beach is great and superior to many Asian beaches.
I stayed at Sofitel Vinpearl resort in March and loved it! It was very relaxing and the staff were fantastic. All the resturaunts were great, especially Asiana. Mountain biking trips through local farms and Villiages can also be arranged on the mainland and are well worth it. I would recommend the resort as the perfect place to relax before returning home from your trip to Vietnam.
The guy who presented this segment of the show is a MEGA HOTTIE

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