Vung Tau (beach) – located 2 hours (94 km.) southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau is one of the most popular beach resorts in Vietnam and it tends to get very crowded during the months of December through May. This beach doesn’t compare to others in Vietnam, but its close proximity to HCMC makes it a popular summertime destination.
Vinpearl Golf (Hon Tre island, Nha Trang) – located near Vinpearl amusement complex, Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang is situated on its own picturesque valley along an 800 meter stretch of pristine white sand beach at Vinpearl’s destination complex on Hon Tre Island, Nha Trang Bay – named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 most beautiful bays on earth. Designed by IMG Worldwide, this impressive 18-hole, par 71 championship masterpiece is Vietnam’s first international standard golf course, offering unique island golfing experiences with blue ocean views
This picturesque gem of a golf course provides a challenging layout of 6787 yards stretching over 180 hectares, meanders through the valley along the lake banks and seashore with soothing breezes flowing through the palms. White sand bunkers compliment the serene beach as it fades into the clear blue bay. Most tees are elevated to give golfers an excellent view of the challenge ahead. The varying challenges and degrees of risk/reward have been specially created to test both professionals as well as amateurs. See the Vinpearl Golf website for more details: http://vinpearlgolf.com/
Vinpearl (Hon Tre island, Nha Trang) – opened in 2006, this amusement park (located in Nha Trang –9 hours, or 440 km. northwest of Ho Chi Minh City via car) offers a wide range of entertainment attractions and amusement rides – modern, unique and comparable to many leading countries in the region and in the world. Water-based activities are offered at both the amusement complex itself (such as water rides), and by the beach. So far, Vinpearl Land has been appearing in many major cities across the country and becoming the Entertainment and well-known for millions of customers at home and abroad: Vinpearl Land Royal City and Vinpearl Land Times City (Hanoi); Vinpearl Land Ha Long (Quang Ninh); and Vinpearl Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa).
Note: there is a cable car ride that takes visitors from the mainland to Nha Trang. It is viewed as an attraction unto itself. With a length of 3320m, this is the longest Cable-car system in Vietnam that has 9 pillars similar to the Eiffel and lighted by laser at night. It is 40m higher than the sea on average and the highest point is 60m. The Cable-car system is not only a regularly used means of transport but also considered to be a wonder of Nha Trang tourism industry. From an ideal height, sitting in the cabinet, visitors can enjoy the panorama of pretty Nha Trang city embraced by meandering beaches and the paradise-like beauty of Nha Trang bay, one of the world’s most beautiful and famous bays.
See the Vinpearl website for more details (including updated entrance fees, schedules, etc.): http://vinpearlland.com
Vietnam Golf & Country Club (the Club House Long Thanth My, Ward District 9, Ho Chi Minh City) — this is the first 36-hole golf club in Vietnam and is widely regarded as Vietnam’s premier golf and country club. Located just 20 km. from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Golf and Country Club is also the nearest golf club to the city.
Set amongst 300 hectares of land, two great golf courses have been carved out of the existing woodland with minimal land movement, leaving you feel that the land was always destined to be a golf course, so natural is the lay-out and design.
The West course first opened in December 1994, and was designed by Taiwanese architect Chen King Shih. The Par 72 Championship Course hosted the Vietnam Open (Asian PGA Tour Event) in both 1995 and 1997. The course winds its way through the trees offering challenging tee shots to the tree lined fairways before playing to the softly contoured Bermuda Tif Eagle greens, which provide beautiful putting surfaces all year round. See its website for more info: http://vietnamgolfcc.com
Tuan Chau Island – located three hours (167 km.) east of Hanoi, Tuan Chau Island is an island on Halong Bay and about 4 km. far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the southwest. The island is connected to the mainland by a 2 km road built in 1998. The name “Tuan Chau” comes from two words: “linh tuan” (patrolman) and ‘tri chau’ (district) because in the feudal period, Tuan Chau Island was a guard station in the national defense system.
Tuan Chau Island has the original size of 2.5 square kilometers and it now covers an area of 4 square kilometers. On the island, the weather is cool all around the year. It’s featured with 2-square kilometer green pine forest, white sand beach stretching 6 kilometers. These all features make Tuan Chau Island an ideal place for visiting and relaxing on Halong Bay.
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (Trang An, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh) — Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by seasonal hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to major climatic and environmental changes, especially the repeated inundation of the landscape by the sea after the last ice age.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater (Hanoi) — Water puppetry is a form of folk arts originating in the Red River Delta in the north of Vietnam, dating back in the 11th century. Many town and villages in Vietnam have communal ponds that are perfect stages for these impromptu performances, enhancing the widespread development of the art form. Presently, water puppetry is showed in a pool of water with the water surface being the stage. Admission: VND 100,000 to VND 200,000. Hours vary – see its website for an updated schedule: http://thanglongwaterpuppet.org/en/
Suoi Tien Amusement Park (120 AH1, Tân Phú, Quận 9, Ho Chí Minh City) – this is a theme park that evolves around Vietnamese folklore (the park’s name is from a story about 7 sacred girls who died and became fairies in this country). Tourists visiting Suoi Tien can learn about the legendary history of Vietnam’s people. What’s more, cultural festivals are periodically held within the site, when interesting Vietnamese traditional activities and features are there for visitors to enjoy, such as the Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and Hung King Anniversary.
Along with that, Suoi Tien offers numerous kinds of game, from scary, thrilling to adventurous ones such as: Mystery of the Forest, 4D Theatre, Roller Coaster and Air Bicycle. No one would be disappointed when they visit this theme park, especially children, as there’s a specific area called The Children’s Kingdom. This place has a lot of funny and attractive games from superman electric car, children train to ball house.
Admission: VND 120,000 (adult), VND 60,000 (children). Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Monday-Friday); 8:00 am – 6:30 pm (weekends).
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden (2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Mihn City) — the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is famous not only with Vietnamese but also with foreign visitors. It is the home for many rare orchids, ornamental plants, and over a hundred species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a cultural place of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It was ranked eighth among the oldest zoos in the world. Admission: 50,000 VND (adult), 30,000 (children), free for children under 1 meter tall. Hours: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm (Monday-Saturday), 5:00 am – 12:00 pm (Sunday).
Saigon Skydeck (36 Ho Tung Mau Street, Ben Nghe ward, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City) – located on the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City (and the third-tallest in all of Vietnam), the Saigon Skydeck is located on the 49th floor of the Bitexco Financial Tower (six floor below an elaborately-designed helipad). Designed by Venezuelan architect Carlos Zapata, this tower was inspired by the country’s national flower, the lotus, with a futuristic design that captures the imagination.
Obviously, visitors coming to the Skydeck take advantage of the panoramic view of the city and its outskirts that it offers. Along with that, there is also a selection of exclusive shops, a food court, a cinema complex, fine dining options with magnificent views on floors 50 and 51, and the HelioBar on level 52.
Admission: 200,000 VND (adult), 130,000 VND (children 4-12 years, seniors and disabled). Free for children 3 years and under. Hours: 9:30 am 9:30 pm daily.