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Travel guide

Enchanting dawn on Con Dao island

If you are fed up with beach site where is teem with people or have to deal with rip off services during vacation then Condao island is a perfect hide-away for you.

This primitive beach is listed among one of the most 10 beautiful beach in the world according to vote of Lonely Planet in 2011.

The Con Dao Islands, also known as Poulo Condore, situated at about 185 km from Vung Tau, and 230 km from Ho Chi Minh city ; the group includes 16 mountainous islands and islets. Con Dao Island is famed for its grizzly past: due its remoteness, the French used the main island of Con Son (the largest island in the group) to keep anti-colonial protestors prisoner. The South Vietnamese continued the tradition, sending political dissenters and activists to the 11 prisons which were also used in the American War. One third of the current 6,000 population are Vietnamese soldiers based in barracks dotted around the island.

Only known for a brutal history and prison system during the war time, there are , however, more about Con Dao that you could see. A fierce history is still exists but the peaceful feeling is also noticed as the way time fly slowly everyday on this island.

Peacefulness is the first impession for anyone as soon as they set their foot on the island .

There is no demand for a vehicle keeping lot on the island because there is no crime nor theft here. You can pull your vehicle over the side of the road without concerning of receiveing a fine from police. There is no one wearing helmet on driving either.

Speed boat to Con Dao from Cat Lo port (Vung Tau)

How to go:

By air:
Vietnam airlines and Air Mekong operate frequent flights between Ho Chi Minh city and Con Dao island. It takes about 45 minutes to get there by air

By sea:
Con Dao 9 and Con Dao 10 speedboat, each with capacity of 200 passenger on board, is another means of transportation to the island . The boats depart from Cai Lo port at 17.00 and arrive Con Dao at 5.00am the next morning. The best time for traveling by sea is from March to July when the sea is calm.

What to do?

The Con Dao island have a history of repression: The French, Vietnamese and Americans have all used the island as a place to keep 'enemies', and so it's only fair you commence your stay with a round-up of the island's brutal past. Start at the museum on Ton Duc Thang and be sure to ask for the guided tour and also Phu Hai Prison, Hang Duong Cemetery and the 'Tiger Cages' -- cells used to keep prisoners in brutal conditions. All of this can be completed in a couple of hours leaving plenty of time for adventuring. If you're had your fill of Vietnam's wartime attractions, don't fret -- there's a lot more on offer. The islands offer an escape into the great outdoors, taking you from the noise, pollution and people of the city into a world of deserted beaches and peaceful countryside. With 16 islands such as Con Lon, Hon Bay Canh, Hon Cau, Hon Trung, Hon Vung, Hon Ngoc, people have said that Con Dao is as attractive as Ha Long Bay. Traveling to Hon Tai islet, tourists can climb the mountain, watch monkeys, bathe in the sea and dive to view coral reefs. Going over a wooden bridge into Con Dao Natural Reserve, tourists have a chance to take tiny turtles on their hands. This season, tourists should stay overnight on the island to see turtles giving birth. Con Dao Island is also famous for its nice beaches shaded with evergreen trees, fresh air, clear blue waters, and primitive forests. Some of those beaches include Dam Trau Hang Duong and Phi Yen where visitors can relax and enjoy the warm temperature. Clean, smooth sand banks, blue sea, dolphins jumping and racing after boats, tropical almond trees swinging in a cool sea breeze, peaceful narrow roads, and forest covering most of the island, make Con Dao seem like heaven to visitors from far and wide.

When to go?
The best time to travel Con Dao Island is from March to June, when the sea is calm. Some of those beaches include Dam Trau, Hang Duong and Phi Yen where visitors can relax and enjoy the warm temperature. The ocean around Con Dao Island is a heaven for sea life and the splendid forest cloaks the land. This is ecotourism at its best.

Transportation on the island:
There is no taxi company on the island so car renting is the most popular option for traveling. Rental company charge their daily rate from 800.000 VND/ 1 day by car or 120.000 – 150.000VND/ 1 day by motobike.

Pictures from Con Dao island:

Seascape from port in Vung Tau 


Rainbow on the island


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