VinPearl Land Hoi An Theme Park

VinPearl Land is a brand new amusement park, not far from Hoi An, which officially opened on the 28th April 2018. Since then, the theme park has brought in even more tourists to Hoi An and also attracts locals from Da Nang and beyond. This cleverly designed amusement park mimics the beautiful riverside scene of Hoi An’s Old Town. With the yellow buildings, the lanterns and the river, along with a massive water park, roller coasters and a river safari it’s a dream come true for theme park enthusiasts!

VinPearl is a 15-year-old company, owning Vietnam’s largest international five-star hotel and resort chain. The company is now the owner of 43 facilities, with 17,000 rooms and villas nationwide. After successfully opening a theme park in Nha Trang, the company then built VinPearl Land in Hoi An. Located about 15km from Hoi An’s Old Town, VinPearl Land is built in an up and coming region with the Hilton, Hyatt and other big hotel chains arriving in the area.

In this article, Hidden visits VinPearl Land Hoi An and gives you all the details on how to get there, prices and what’s on offer. Including our suggested route and hidden hints to make the most out of your visit to this spectacular theme park.

Hidden Quick Guide: VinPearl Land

Location: 15 km from Hoi An’s Old Town – a drive there takes 20 minutes.

Ticket Price: 550,000 VND (24 USD) for an adult and 450,000 VND (19.60 USD) for a child. Children under 100cm tall are free. Arrive after 5 pm and pay just 200,000 VND (8.70 USD) for an adult and 100,000 VND (4.30 USD) for a child.

Hours: VinPearl Land is open from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day. Last admission is at 7 p.m.

How to Get to VinPearl Land Hoi An

Taxi/Grab

VinPearl Land is around 15km from Hoi An’s Old Town. So, it is an easy taxi or Grab drive away, costing you approximately 200,000 VND (8.70 USD), taking around 20 minutes. 

Self Drive

It’s a mostly straight and easy route from Hoi An to the amusement park and the parking is free. Just follow Cua Dai Road to the brand new roundabout, turn right on the newly laid road and over the giant Cua Dai Bridge. Keep going straight along the empty road until you see VinPearl Land Hoi An on your left, popping up out of the otherwise pretty barren horizon. There is a large parking lot including a covered area for motorbikes. Parking is free, just don’t lose your receipt. 

Holidaymakers share a sun umbrella
Holidaymakers share a sun umbrella during a stroll at VinPearl Land waterfront. Photo: Anna Jamieson

Free Bus to VinPearl Land

The amusement park offers a free shuttle bus service travelling to and from Hoi An as well as Da Nang. To get the free shuttle bus to VinPearl Land Hoi An just look for the brightly coloured bus shelters!  

There are bus stops at the entrances to both Cua Dai and An Bang Beach and on Hai Ba Trung just outside the Hoi An Water Puppet Theatre. 

Buses depart from 9 a.m – 1 p.m daily and return every hour from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. The locker counter at the front gate has free bus tickets for the bus back to Hoi An (just contact them an hour before you leave) and the bus stop is near the main gate.

The Hoi An timetable is below. Call 1900 6677 – press 5 or 094 258 1212 for more details. Hidden advises calling (or asking your hotel reception to call) to confirm the bus is running before relying on it.

Hoi An to VinPearl Land Bus Timetable

RETURN VinPearl Land - Hoi An17:0018:0019:0020:0021:00
Station 1: Vinpearl Hoi An Resort & Villas9:0010:0011:0012:0013:00
Station 3: An Bang Beach9:1010:0011:1012:1013:10
Station 2: Cua Dai Beach9:0510:0511:0512:0513:05
Station 4: Hai Ba Trung street9:2010:2011:2012:2013:20
Station 5: Vinpearl land Nam Hoi An9:5010:5011:5012:5013:50
The free bus will be applied until December – 31st.
RETURN ROUND: Before the departure time – 1 hour, please contact the Locker Counter at the Front Gate to receive the free bus ticket for getting the bus.

 

The entrance gates at Hoi An’s VinPearl Land amusement park
The entrance gates at Hoi An’s VinPearl Land amusement park. Photo: Anna Jamieson

When to Visit VinPearl Land

VinPearl Land Hoi An is mostly all outdoors, so if you don’t mind the heat – we recommend that you pay the full price and arrive early to make the most of the plethora of the facilities the amusement park has to offer. VinPearl Land changes a lot throughout the day, with it being quite early on and then lots of Vietnamese visitors arriving at 5 pm after the ticket price drops. 

Be aware that a lot of the amusement parks facilities close around 6 p.m., including the river safari, waterpark and the crafts village. Therefore, we advise against arriving after 5 p.m. You need a full day here otherwise you will struggle to fit everything in. Note that some of the roller coasters don’t open until after 5 p.m., simply because the seats get too hot to sit on! If you are going solely for the roller coasters, save yourself some money and time – arrive after 5 pm.

Make sure to look at the weather forecast before leaving. If there is a chance of thunderstorms, we recommend to go another day. The waterpark and many of the roller coasters are out of use during thunderstorms for the customers’ safety in case there is a lightning strike. Read our guide to Hoi An Weather here to pick the best season to visit.

VinPearl Land Opening Hours and Prices 

VinPearl Land Hoi An is open from 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. every day. Last admission is at 7 p.m. The river safari and waterpark both open at 9 a.m. If you arrive before 5 pm, the ticket price for a day will be 550,000 VND (24 USD) for an adult and 450,000 VND (19.60 USD) for a child. Although, if you bring a child who is under 100cm tall, they get free entry. 

Hidden Hint: Wanting to avoid the midday sun? Arrive after 5 pm to pay just 200,000 VND (8.70 USD) for an adult and 100,000 VND (4.30 USD) for a child.

What is at VinPearl Land?

Entering VinPearl Land, you are greeted with a wonderful view of a beautiful canal surrounded by stunning architecture mimicking that of Hoi An’s Old Town. The grand scale of this place alone blows you away. 

As VinPearl Land Hoi An is just over a year old, the amusement park is very clean, well maintained and well thought out. There are plenty of toilets, showers, shops, restaurants and vending machines readily available. This included a well-run locker system. There is a locker desk just before you enter the park and another in the water park. It costs 20,000 VND (0.85 USD) for a locker and you get a key chain for your neck to keep it safe. Therefore you can then ride roller coasters, hop on the river cruise and swim through the waterpark confidently knowing that your items are safe.

Rides on offer at the Funfair
The impressive rides on offer in the Hoi An Funfair. Photo: Anna Jamieson

Water Park

The water park includes a substantial children’s water playground in knee-deep water with an array of slides. So parents can perch themselves in the pool and watch their children run riot. Or grab themselves some popcorn from any shaded ‘Happy Snack’ and watch the family have the time of their lives.

There is also a number of large waterslides, including ones with rafts that hold four people, kamikaze-style high drops and even a ‘Big Tornado’. However, to relax, hop on the lazy river and enjoy the scenic tour as the current dreamily pulls you around. There is something for absolutely everyone. 

Hidden Hint: The larger waterslides have a height restriction of 120cm/140cm and some slides also have weight restriction. So check their website prior to your visit to avoid disappointment. 

The waterpark gets very busy from 5-6 pm. because of the cheaper price after 5 pm. and the waterpark then closes an hour later at 6 p.m. We recommend that if you’ve bought yourself a full day pass, try and be out of the waterpark by 5 p.m. and grab yourself some dinner before heading to the funfair.

Long slide down the VinPearl Land
Lifeguards supervise the many pools and play areas in the water park. Photo: Anna Jamieson

River Safari/Zoo

The River Safari takes you around the zoo section of VinPearl Land Hoi An on guided boats. Among the animals In this safari are rhinos, white tigers, white lions, giraffes and even some elephants. Go on the safari in the morning to get a chance to hand-feed some giraffes or if you’re there in the afternoon, you can hand-feed elephants.

Aviary

This large aviary is right next to the River Safari. On entering, you find yourself amongst the stunning Green Wing Macaw, Blue and Gold Macaw, Scarlet Macaw, Sulpher-Crested Cockatoo, White Cockatoo and the Electus. Take some incredibly colourful photographs amongst these beautiful birds as you observe them in their natural element. Seeds and fruit available for purchase to hand feed the birds here.  Some even land on your arm or your cap!

A Blue and Gold Macaw
Blue and Gold Macaw in the VinPearl Land Safari and aviary. Photo: Anna Jamieson

Fun Fair 

Find big rides for all ages at the incredible fun fair. There is a small kids area with many rides including ‘Elephants in the Sky’, ‘Cinderella’s Carousel’ and a ‘Spinning Coaster’. Or enjoy the family-friendly ‘Bumper Cars’. If you’re feeling daring, hop on the ‘Desert Twister’, ‘Tree Swing’ or even ‘Twiss Tower’ – the highest drop tower in Vietnam, not for the faint-hearted. 

Note that many of these rides don’t open until after 4 pm. because of the heat of the sun on the seats. We recommend you come to the funfair as the sun is setting, for cooler temperatures, a festival vibe and wonderful views of the sunset while you’re high up in the sky.

3D Art Museum

Visit the 3D Art Museum anywhere from 9 a.m. – 8:30 pm. This awesome gallery has dozens of wall art paintings that look like they’re jumping out at you!  Most paintings need a real-life human to complete their masterpiece. So make sure you’ve got someone assigned to take your picture amongst this clever artwork. Pieces include an elephant bursting through a wall, penguins on ice and Marilyn Monroe.

Hidden Hint: Visit the 3D Art Museum and soak up the air conditioning, escaping the heat on your walk from the river safari back to the water park.

4D and 5D Cinemas

VinPearl Land Hoi An houses a beautiful “Disneyland-like” castle. Inside is a 4D interactive cinema.  Its most recent film is a 15-minute long movie called ‘Return To The Lost World’ screened every hour on the hour from 10 am. – 6 pm. This beautiful, air-conditioned castle is a great place to escape to from the heat but still have lots of fun.  Therefore all you need to do is put on your provided 3D glasses and enjoy the journey.

If a 4D cinema isn’t quite good enough for you, there’s a 5D cinema in the games building. This cinema screens 10 different movies frequently throughout the day.

Late Night Water Fountain and Laser Show

Once you have visited as many different parts of the park that you can, head to the late-night water fountain and laser show at 7:40 p.m. The choreographed water fountains move quickly shooting bursts up very high in the sky. The beautifully created water movements, the laser lights and the music, make this water fountain and laser show one not to be missed. The performance is an incredible way to end a fun-filled day.

Hidden Hint: Get to the laser show early and sit at the front. You get a great view along with some refreshing water sprays, cooling you down after a long hot day.

VinPearl Land Suggested Route

A day out at VinPearl Land Hoi An requires that you be clever and manage the heat. So to help Hidden has a suggested route plan for you to follow. Therefore helping you to avoid the midday sun and also escape the crowds as best as you can.

Hidden suggests that you begin your day at the river safari. It opens at 9 am so hop on the cruise early before the crowds arrive and while it’s still cool. You’ll get a chance to hand-feed the giraffes at this time. Following the cruise moves on over to the aviary to feed the birds and get some colourful photographs. 

Once you’ve spent time with the birds, stop at the 3D art gallery on the way to get more awesome photographs as well as cooling yourself down at the hottest part of the day with the air conditioning. Midday is a great time to get some lunch and slap some more sunscreen on. 

After that check out the shops en-route to the waterpark – there are lots of outlet bargains to be found here along with decent swimwear shops that you won’t find in the Old Town.

Following the map at VinPearl Land
Make a plan for your visit and don’t forget to follow the map. Photo: Anna Jamieson

It’s the water park for the afternoon then if the sun gets too strong, go into the indoor game building to enjoy some trampolining and free arcade games. After your gaming hit the amusement park for the afternoon or head back to the pools.  In between grab some dinner and then catch a 4D movie while your food settles. Head back on over to the funfair before finishing off your day at the water laser show.

Where to Eat in VinPearl Land Hoi An

VinPearl Land Hoi An doesn’t have the typically overpriced basic meals you find in similar establishments around the world. Surprisingly, most things are fairly priced. Many restaurants are open just until after lunch or close at 6 pm. However, there are still many options to choose from right up until closing time.

Lotteria

Lotteria is a fast food restaurant set up very similarly to McDonald’s. This restaurant has everything you would typically expect, including burgers, fries, chicken wings and even rice dishes. These meals range from 31,000 VND to 114,000 VND (1.35 to 4.95 USD). So come here for a fast, easy and cheap meal.

VinPearl Land Foodcourt

If you’re travelling in a large group and you all have different preferences, the best place for you to go is VinPearl Land foodcourt. This food court has many different stalls offering noodle soups, a rice station, sandwiches, grill BBQ, pizza, noodles, rice pancakes, wrap-rolls, desserts and refreshments. With all of these options, it’s bound to please everyone.

A fairytale castle
A fairytale castle houses the 4D cinema. Photo: Anna Jamieson

Deli Land

Deli Land is our family favourite because it has so much for everyone. Situated at the entrance, this conveniently placed restaurant has everything from a fruit bar to a soup bar and loads in between. It’s open from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and offers a buffet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. costing 250,000 VND (10.90 USD) per adult and 175,000 VND (7.60 USD) per child. This slightly higher market restaurant will not disappoint.

Shopping

If you’re missing shopping at international branded clothing stores, VinPearl Land Hoi An is your go-to. With many different stores such as Ripcurl, factory outlets, Alibaba and Gustavo Gano Italy, come here to shop as you will not find these stores in the Old Town. These stores are also a lifesaver if you forget to bring your bathing suit.

Hidden Hint: Buy non-slip swim shoes in the gift shop or bring plastic flip flops. The ground is searing hot in between the slides and pools!

Hidden’s Thoughts

VinPearl Land Hoi An is an absolute must-see while you’re in the Hoi An area. The cleverly designed scene of Hoi An’s Old Town by the river is an amazing place to visit after spending some time in the Ancient Town. This amusement park is great for a memorable day out with the family or large groups of travellers. Even if you’re not a ‘thrill-seeker’ there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Arriving at 5 p.m. is a good budget option if you just want to spend an hour in the water park and then enjoy the funfair afterwards. However, if you want to enjoy everything that the park has to offer, we strongly recommend arriving early on a dry day, with plenty of sunscreens.  Take many air conditioning breaks and drink lots of water. But most importantly, have fun. – it’s what this whole park is built for!

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