The island of Con Dao (Vietnam): tourist information

General information about the island of con Dao

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The island of Con Dao (Con Dao Island) – an island in Vietnam, located in the South of the country, about 100 kilometers from the coast in the waters of the South China sea. In fact, despite the well-established name "Con Dao island", actually is a group (archipelago) of 16 Islands with a total area of 76 sq km the largest island of the archipelago, with an area of 51 sq. km. It is also sometimes called the old Conson (Con Son, was renamed in Con Dao, 1977). Previously, the island was a place where they kept political prisoners.

Con Dao is one of the popular island resorts of Vietnam along with the Islands of Phu Quoc and cat BA (in Halong Bay ). Guests of the island provides a great beach vacation and opportunities for diving and snorkeling (see diving in Vietnam). Given the remoteness and inaccessibility of the island, staying here is quite secluded, tranquil and exotic. Tourists here, and while you can still see wild undiscovered places. Currently on the island the construction of tourism infrastructure, so if you want to see the island, not yet densely populated with tourists, you should hurry.

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Most of the territory of the archipelago since 1984, is a National Park area where you can interact with exotic animals, plants, and underwater world (scuba diving on the island is considered the best in Vietnam). To visit the Park independently, in conjunction with a group tour or hiring a private guide. Another attraction is a visit to the small Islands of the archipelago, where you can even spend the night camping. On one of the Islands (Hon Bay Canh), is a lighthouse that tourists can visit as attractions.

Also the island has some historical sights. The most important of them is political prisoners prison (Phu Hai prison), which killed 20,000 prisoners. Now this place turned into a Museum. Another memorable place is the cemetery (Hang Duong Cemetery) dedicated to those who died in prison. To visit both of these places can be, hiring a tour guide in the Museum of the revolution (Revolutionary Museum), which is also worth to visit. Of course, on the island on the hill there is a temple.

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The island's tourist infrastructure is still rather poorly developed, which is probably a plus for this place than a minus. Besides hotels and restaurants there is almost nothing, although the construction of new facilities is underway. The center of the island is only newly built town of (Con Son Village) with excellent roads, new buildings, but even there you can find only the most necessary. Buy something only possible in the markets, no shopping malls here. All very expensive, so better buy everything you need to relax, even on the mainland. There are diving centers and travel agencies that are ready to send you to the nearby Islands or a tour of the National Park. In the evening on the island to do nothing.

Weather in Con Dao, seasons

The climate in Con Dao is tropical, warm and round. As usual, stands out the dry season and the rainy season. The temperature during the year varies little.

The dry season from December to April. This is the best time to relax. Almost no precipitation, the temperature is moderate, not too hot.

The rainy season is from may to November. It's not the best time to visit, but to cancel the trip at this time do not have. Rains are not as many as on the mainland, and they are short.

However, in some cases it is necessary to bind the time to the island not for seasons. So, if you want to see turtles, which crawl ashore to lay eggs, you should come here from may to November. The best time for diving and snorkeling, when the water visibility reaches 20-30 metres, is the period from February to July.

Seasons on Con Dao months*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

*best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

How to get to Con Dao island

On the plane

On the Con Dao island has an airport (Con Dao Airport), were the flights operated by VASCO (Vietnam Airlines subsidiary) and Air Mekong (temporarily suspended in 2013) from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city and Cantho (Can Tho).

Most often (several times a day) run flights from airport Ho Chi Minh city. The price of such flights and promo fare starts from 750 000 VND (about$ 35, see Vietnam currency, exchange rate). From Hanoi and Cantho flights are operated 4 times per week. The frequency of flights varies depending on the season.

From airport Con Dao, the hotel can be reached by taxi or minivan (about 3$).

On the ferry

The island can be reached by night ferry (12 hours, departs at 17:00) from Vung Tau. Cost 250 000 VND. To Vung Tau, in turn, can be reached by boat from Ho Chi Minh city.

Than to move on

The island has no public transport. You can also rent motorbikes and bicycles (see motorbike rentals in Vietnam). Also quite a lot of car taxis and minivans.

Hotels Of Con Dao

Hotels con Dao quite a bit, but among them are budget accommodation. However, given the shortage of affordable accommodation, would highly recommend to book your hotel in Con Dao in advance, even better in a few weeks or months. At the moment the island is built of several large hotels, and when you open them, the situation may change. At worst, on the island you can stay in a camping in tents, of course, money.

Using the suggested search form booking system you can choose a hotel on the island of Con Dao, to read descriptions and reviews of guests to see the exact location of hotels on a map, but if you want to book a hotel.

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
egorbrel 08 May 2016, 15:41
3. I advise you to take a picture of the passport that was not just xero-, and the electronic copy, which you can show from your phone\tablet.
If You are leaving from Hanoi, why pay to stay in another hotel?
4. We toured the Bay of Ha long 3 days\2 nights (01-02-03 may 3016). The first night on the ship, the second in a Bungalow on a small island in the Bay, where they themselves arrived on Cat BA and spent the night there too. Cost as much as a week in a very decent hotel in Hoi an.
Here Hoane met guys who from Hanoi came to the Cat BA and got a personal tour for the day. Them with Cat BA in the morning and took the evening brought. Paid three times less than we drove across the Bay so as not to overlap with other groups. In addition there was a personal guide and a kayak. In my opinion (after the fact) the night on the ship is absolutely a waste of time, and besides, you can have a front row seat to a very loud karaoke concert. ...
PaZan 25 Dec 2016, 21:32
I advise you to visit Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Very interesting and allows you to get acquainted with their culture and ethnic groups. ...
ElenaSergeevna 03 Jan 2017, 21:26
We booked on the Booking. Found a hotel in the heart of the city near the lake of the Returned sword. Was given a room with no Windows and doors. It turned out to be for the best, because until we almost did not hear the street noise. And there, believe me, VERY noisy!
Before leaving Nha Trang we took a hotel right near the airport (10 minutes by taxi) is also in Town. All very cool! There, like Russian, though the language no one knows! ...