Vietnamese people visit Con Dao solely for religious purpose. Besides, Con Dao is a good place for learning the history of Vietnam (by visiting the chain of prisons and museums).
Religion aside, the island offers beautiful beaches and islands where you can go scuba diving and outdoor activities. If you are here to relax, choose a resort (Six Senses, Sai Gon Con Dao, Con Dao resort or ATC) to maximize the pleasure of your stay. Otherwise, a small hotel would be more affordable.
You should rent a motobike to discover the mountains and beaches. Trekking in the national mountain to enter to Dam Tre beach is cool.
This was a perfect end to our 4 week holiday in Vietnam. The island is beautiful and very quiet - we were brave enough to hire a motorbike to explore as there was very little traffic.
the beach by the airport was amazing.
Grab a moped...fill it up and ride everywhere....beautiful scenery. Lovely people, felt safe. Infinity restaurant / bar excellent for westerners.
Great beach near the airport to spend the day with couple local restaurants. Rainbow dive provided an excellent service...two awesome dives included seeing a sting ray, moray eel, various coral and fish species. Black squirrels and monkeys in SoRay rainforest....pay a small fee to national park....and explore the beach.
Con Dao is interesting from a historical point of view, i.e. the prisons for political prisoners during the French clonial period, during the South Vietnam government and the American war.
The prisons were converted into a tourist attraction after installation of communist rule in the South of Vietnam in 1975.
No shopping area/sports... Only nature. Beach/sun/mountain..etc. I recommend this area for whom enjoy rest at beach.
Liten ö med inte så mycket att göra. Bra om du vill ha lugn och ro. Dock väldigt dåligt utbud på restauranger.
Inte alls utvecklat för turism som det är nu men de håller på att bygga på ön så det blir säkert bättre med tiden.
Although this island is nice to visit it is NOT the pristine area that you hear about! Most of the beaches are littered with garbage and difficult to access without transportation.
The diving has nice corals but beware that if you have a medical emergency while on the island you must have $5000 US in cash before a helicopter will come to evacuate you- even if you are insured.
The beaches are beautiful and peaceful. You can enjoy sun bathing and cheap and fresh seafoods. People here is lovely and honestly.
It is worth your time and money to visit this island. However, be careful about the rainy season as many tropical storms and hurricanes will appear and ruin your trip. Even you would be stuck in the islands for several days as no flights and boats can work.
For now, Con Dao is still a sleepy island with a few nice beaches and green hills covered with jungle.
Aside from the expensive Six Senses Resort, most of the hotels and resorts on the island cater to Vietnamese tourists who come to the island to visit the historic sites. The island has alot of potential for nature lovers with good diving, snorkeling and jungle trekking potential. There is already a good scuba diving company on the island called 'Dive! Dive! Dive!'. The island has an interesting history which includes royal visits and a dark period when the island housed horrific French and later American prisons. It's worthwhile to spend a day visiting the museums/prisons to understand Vietnam's turbulent history (especially the grave of national hero Vo Thi Sau, a 19 year old female freedom fighter, executed on the island by the French). The town's museum is simple but has interesting old photos. The beaches are pretty but not as nice as Phu Quoc island. Overall, Con Dao is a nice/interesting, history and beach break from Saigon/HCMC (45min. by plane).
Con Dao Island is the most beautiful beach we have ever been to, even though we have traveled around the world.
The town is quiet and romantic, we were there during the vietnam holiday but it was not overcrowded like other places. The food was great, the people was honest and friendly. It is absolutely safe on the island, you can leave your motorbike unlocked and no one would touch it. You can see sunset and sunrise on the island, discover different beaches and the national park. This island is absolutely beautiful and breath-taking.
A must-visit historical site if you are intersted in Vietnam history. Besides you can enjoy sight-seeing and fresh seefood.
1. must go-We rode scooter to the only bar in the city center. The cocktail tastes the best after diving during daytime.
2. must do-(Try) diving in condo is the best. The coral reef and many beautiful fish will surely amaze you 3. must eat- seafood in Nam Hai restaurant and Triky restaurant
it's deader than a ghost town and there are only about 3 good restaurants. the beaches on the far side of the island are nice but hard to get to without a motorbike.
a lot of good hiking trails and i hear the diving is decent.
The island is beautiful, the beaches are awesome and deserted. But do not go during the windy season.
The hiking is ok, nothing out of this world. The food is expensive. The diving is more expensive then anywhere i've been before. But the views around the island are amazing. It's just sad that a lot of the island is starting to get developed and it will soon be destroyed. Go now before it's over run with houses and buildings that have no consideration for the beauty around them.
beautiful island with great country sides and beautiful views. Not much to do but relax on the beach if it is not raining.
make sure you check the weather report to avoid rainy days. lovely local atmosphere!
These islands are very small so people coming here are either looking for quiet relaxation or to hop to the different islands for diving or trekking.
Con Dao archipelago is an unspoiled gem. This is not the place to go if you are looking for nightlife, western food, or western-style hotels, unless you shell out for Six Senses.
This is a real Vietnamese town that does not necessarily cater to tourists, let alone western ones. That said, it is wonderful for relaxing, nature sightseeing, and diving/snorkelling. It is an important historical place too. It is more expensive than other places, but bear in mind that everything must be shipped in, so it costs to do that. Lovely place to unwind and recharge.
There are not many resorts around yet. Still very peaceful and natural. Hardly any traffic. Beautiful beaches and very clean and clear water.