Con Dao – The muse of the ocean

A tiny archipelago off the southern coast, only a small number of travellers wind up in Côn Đảo. Though the trip requires extra effort, those who commit to the journey are rewarded with some of the country’s most blissful beaches and best snorkelling. Much of the island is covered by the Côn Đảo National Park. Its dense jungle will give you ample chance to uncover a paradise of your own.

Cẩm nang du lịch Côn Đảo từ A đến Z | VIETRAVEL
Con Dao beach, Photo by Vietravel

Top things to do in Côn Đảo

Go beach-hunting

Côn Đảo travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to secluded beaches. Take a hike to Bãi Ông Đụng, a stony coastal spot where you can snorkel close to shore, or head to Đầm Trầu Beach or Đất Dốc Beach for sunbathing.

Sign up for a day trip

Snorkelling and diving excursions on Côn Đảo reveal some of Vietnam’s best underwater sightseeing. On land, hikers can arrange a guide through the national park office or set off on their own with a national park map.

Visit the Côn Đảo Museum

Côn Đảo is home to one of the most infamous former prisons in Vietnam, which was an incarceration facility for the French as well as the Americans. You can get a solid background on the island’s history at the newly built Côn Đảo Museum. 

Have a wellness retreat

There are few places in Vietnam that are more peaceful and relaxing than Côn Đảo. The Six Senses Con Dao is a stunning, sustainable resort in a private bay, complete with nourishing meals, yoga sessions, and an award-winning spa.

Get on two wheels

The coastal roads of Côn Đảo are a dream for cyclists and motorists alike. Within the town you can ride under ancient trees and past colonial buildings, and just outside are windy beaches, rocky coastline and jungled-covered slopes.

Tourists cycling in Con Dao, Photo by Taucaotoc
Con Dao Weather

Côn Đảo’s coolest weather arrives between September and January while its hottest months are June, July and August. Given the island’s location, Côn Đảo is also prone to strong winds in December and January. Turtle-hatching season takes place from mid-August to early December.

Con Dao Transport

Flights depart daily from Ho Chi Minh City and land at the island’s modest airport. Your other option from Ho Chi Minh City is to take a bus to Sóc Trăng and take the two-hour Superdong Ferry to the island. The main town of Côn Sơn is flat and small, making it easy to explore by foot or bicycle. Major sights just outside of town are also accessible by bicycle, including the prison museum and Vân Sơn Pagoda. The rest of the island is best seen by motorbike. Small boats are also available for snorkelling trips.

Published by Australian Hospitality Alumni Network Vietnam (AHA Vietnam)

The Official Platform for Australian Hospitality & Tourism Alumni and Professionals in Vietnam.

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