Lao Island or Monkey Island sits about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) from the shores of Nha Trang. It's named after the thousand or so monkeys that roam its beaches and woodlands. Visit to interact with the macaques roaming free throughout the island. Be aware that there are several monkey circuses on the island.The Basics
While monkeys are the main attraction, Monkey Island is also home to gardens with bonsai trees and tropical plants, a coconut forest, and white-sand beaches. Monkey Island is only accessible by boat and is best visited on an island-hopping tour. On such a tour, you typically stop at other islands off the coast of Nha Trang, are allowed free time to explore the beaches and woodlands independently, and often receive lunch. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Be aware that the monkeys on Monkey Island can be aggressive, particularly where food is involved; it's best not to touch the wild animals.
- There are several shops and restaurants on the island; however, prices may be higher than on the mainland.
- From the main beach, you can rent loungers, kayaks, and Jet Skis.
- If you plan to explore on foot, wear sturdy footwear and apply sunscreen as some parts are unshaded.
Ferries to Monkey Island depart from the North Jetty in Nha Trang. In general, boats depart regularly, and the journey takes around 20 minutes. To avoid having to arrange your own transport, visit as part of a tour.When to Get There
Unlike northern Vietnam, Nha Trang enjoys consistent high temperatures. To avoid peak crowds, visit between February and May. Diving enthusiasts should visit between January and October for the best visibility.Experience the Thrills of Vinpearl Land Theme Park
Also off the coast of Nha Trang is Vinpearl Land, one of Vietnam’s best theme parks. To reach the park, you take a record-breaking 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) cable car across the South China Sea. Once on the island, you can experience an abundance of thrill rides, visit the water park, and explore an aquarium that hosts more than 300 marine creatures.