We’re Off To Nha Trang and Vinpearl Resort!
It’s the second day in Vietnam, and we’re already getting back on an airplane. This time though, the flight is shorter than 45 minutes. We travel north a bit to Nha Trang, a stark contrast in scenery from Ho Chi Minh City (I’ll have more photos of the countryside posted later). Nha Trang is a coastal city and capital of Khánh Hòa Province, on the South Central Coast of Vietnam. Just off the shore, is Vinpearl Island, an amusement park and resort offering a sort of tropical paradise to visitors from around the world. That’s where we’re going.
The plane from Vietnam airlines offered a bit of an archaic throwback in terms of entertainment offerings. While there were movies in the headrest monitors, the screen resolutions are a bit on the low-side in comparison to what Delta offered. The screens are also controlled with a remote, instead of being touch-based. However, the remote control was quite versatile as well, since it also works as a telephone to make outgoing calls. I think it would also be cool if it could be used to call people in other seats as well, although I don’t have any information supporting that as a possibility. Aside from being used as a movie remote and a telephone, it’s also a credit card reader and game controller. I played Reversi a bit on the way.
The flight went well, and we walked out of the gate to a beautiful morning full of sunshine and warm weather. From there was a drive out into the countryside for the east coast of Vietnam. The mountains were great to see again (photos coming soon), and my family loved the views as we drove up to the beach city of Nha Trang, and then on our way to Vinpearl Island.
Vinpearl Land lies on the Hòn Tre island which was originally used as a jail in the past. It is now a resort island with a water park, amusement park, and a large 5-star hotel. The resort company is operated by Vietnamese billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong.
There are two ways to get to Vinpearl Island from Nha Trang. The most standard of the two, is a 3300 meter long cable car system hanging about 115 meters up at its highest point. This is the method we used to get there, but had it been a stormy or an excessively windy day, we could have taken the ferry as well. In my opinion though, the view is much better from high up on the cable car.
There’s lots to do on this island, so stay tuned for more updates about the activities we’re doing here! :)