I'm heading to Vietnam/Cambodia and possibly Thailand for 19 days in July/Aug with my partner and 11yr old daugher. Wondering if VinPearlland is worth the trip. We were intending to stay 1-2 nights, taking the overnight train from Ho Chi Minh City. (approx. $16US each for a soft sleeper -though not too certain how "soft" it will be). At a rate of $167/night including 3 meals daily, is it worth making the trip here or should we stick to the smaller local beaches and more creative/authentic trips/sites?
We're fully capable of and intend to stay in small guesthouses for the balance of our trip, however we heard about this place and thought a brief stop might be worth it... maybe a 1/2 day trip there instead???
Also, depending on the situation in Bangkok in the summer, we may not go. That being said, where else should we go in Vietnam if we have approx. 5 days total for the country? I'd like to ride an elephant for my birthday. Any recommendations for this experience in Southern Vietnam?
All advice welcome!