In my last post I talked about Vinpearl Safari and Conservation Park and what a great time my family had there during our trip to Phu Quoc Island. Vinpearl Land (an amusement park and water park) is located right next to the Safari Park. You can find their official website here.
We had such an unexpectedly good time at Safari Land that we had high hopes for the amusement park as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t think this park was worth all the hype it had received.
Getting There and Away:
As I mentioned in my last post, the two Vinpearl parks are located pretty far away from most other attractions on the island, but there is a free bus that runs between the Vinpearl parks and Duong Dong Town (where many resorts are located). Catching the bus is an easy way to get to the park.
Though it’s also easy to catch a taxi to go to Vinpearl Park from Duong Dong Town, be careful getting a taxi from Vinpearl. There was a line of taxis waiting when we wanted to leave, but when we tried to ask if it was a “regular taxi with a meter,” a man (not the driver) hurriedly ushered us into us into a taxi and assured us that “of course the driver would use a meter.” We knew he was dodging part of our question, but we gave it a try anyway. Once we started our trip, we knew it was indeed a “luxury taxi” with the meter set at a rate that would make the ride double the price of what a normal taxi would be. We asked the driver to please take us back to the the park. We were very polite with each other and when the driver understood that we wanted to return because we wanted a “cheap taxi,” he called his friend. We sat in his car until the regular taxi arrived. We paid the fair that had accrued in the distance the first taxi had taken us and then transferred taxis.
Everyone was very friendly and the driver understood and helped us call a different car, but it’s something to be aware of if taking taxis from the park. The Vinpearl parks really are in the middle of nowhere. There aren’t any other attractions in the area, so when it comes to transportation to return to your hotel in Duong Dong Town, either use the bus or be prepared to pay extra for the taxis.
Entrance Fees and Opening Hours:
The ticket prices to get into Vinpearl Amusement Park were 500,000 VND (about 22 USD), 400,000 VND (about 17 USD) for kids from 1.0 to 1.4 meters, and free for children under 1.0 meter. There is also a more expensive combination ticket that can be used for entrance into Safari Land and the Amusement Park, but these tickets were only valid for one day. My kids were too young to comfortably do both parks in one day, so we opted to forego the combination ticket and do each park on separate days.
The Amusement Park is open longer than Safari Land. The Amusement Park opens at 9:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm.
There weren’t any crowds in the park at all, which meant that if the kids found a ride they liked they could go several times without waiting in line. It also meant that we didn’t have to fight crowds or worry about our kids getting swallowed up in a mass of people and getting lost (sounds crazy, I know, but crowds in Asia are pretty unbelievable sometimes and this nightmare scenario has run through my head on several occasions). The bad side about so few people in the park was that some of the rides weren’t running.
There were quite a few rides my children (ages seven and five) weren’t big enough to ride, but we still found lots to do. There was a mini-aquarium which they enjoyed. We spent a lot of time in a game castle filled with video games they could play without any additional cost.
Part of Vinpearl Amusement Park is a water park, which is what my children were most looking forward to. Unfortunately the water park was a disappointment. There were too many restrictions on who could go on which slides. It seemed as though all the water slides were restricted on an either/or basis—the slides were either for people under 1.4 meters or over 1.4 meters, which meant the slides my kids could go on, hubby and I could not (and vice versa). We were looking forward to playing with our kids, but the rules in this park made it very difficult to do that.
In addition to the restrictions on who could go on which slides, we found that the slides (at least the ones that hubby and I were allowed to do) weren’t very good anyway. We both got stuck in the ones we tried. For me, I was going so slow (and had to keep wiggling to keep myself going even at a snail’s pace) that I was getting a bit claustrophobic by the time I got to the end. Hubby went on a bigger one that was pitch black inside, and when he got stuck, the water kept flowing by and he couldn’t tell if he was stuck or still moving (since he was going so slow in the first place). When he finally got to the bottom, he said it was “very unpleasant” and didn’t want to do it again.
All in all, I’m glad we spent a day here. There was a lot of hype surrounding Vinpearl Amusement Park, and had we not gone, I would have wondered if we had missed anything special. Now I know that the amusement park isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I loved Phu Quoc enough that I imagine we’ll be coming back someday, and when we do, we will not be going to the amusement park again. It just wasn’t worth it.
That being said, my seven-year-old and five-year-old did enjoy the day there with us. I just don’t think it was worth the cost and the hassle. We probably could have found a better way to enjoy our day.
So my advice to friends with small children who are headed to Phu Quoc: Be sure to go to Vinpearl Safari Land, but skip the amusement park.
If you’d like to read previous posts from this Vietnam series or would like to see what’s coming next, visit my introduction in which I list all the posts in this series.