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  • Con Dao Island

    One of Vietnam’s most promising ‘up-and-coming’ destinations in our opinion, Con Dao is actually an archipelago of 15 islands located in the South China Sea, just 45 minutes by air from Ho Chi Minh City. The archipelago makes up one of Vietnam’s most pristine Marine National Parks, with miles of undisturbed beaches, wild jungle and turquoise waters.

    Con Dao also has a few ‘aces’ up its sleeve – firstly there’s the small matter of the turtles that come ashore between the months of June and September, and the large dis-used French Penal Colony–cum-American POW complex that housed political prisoners during the various 20th century conflicts.

    The main island of Con Son was once known as ‘Poulo Condor’ and is the largest island in the archipelago. Until recently there was only a couple of mid-range hotels to choose from. The recently opened, super-deluxe Six Senses Con Dao has set tongues wagging however, and is rated amongst the finest resorts in Asia. Whichever you choose, or your wallet allows, your stay on Con Dao is more likely to be about as much about the incredible wildlife and spectacular beaches as the standard of your breakfast!

    War History Tour
    It’s difficult to believe that such a beautiful island had such a violent history. Formerly a prison camp, the Con Dao Museum’s photographs, artwork, and relics depict the brutal conditions on the island before its liberation, when the French, Vietnamese, and Americans all used Con Dao as a place to keep “enemies.” Trai Phu Hai Prison, with its looming guard towers and thick, high walls, is one of many former prisons around the island.

    Visit a “tiger cage,” where, from 1940 to 1955, prisoners were kept in open pits and monitored from above by their jailors –just like tigers at a zoo. Additionally, there is also a cemetery which honors the nearly 20,000 Vietnamese who perished in the struggles against the French and American governments.

    National Park Wildlife
    Con Dao’s National Park extends from forested hills to vibrant coral reefs. Macaques and black squirrels abound, as do more exotic animals including the white-rumped shama, greater racket-tailed drongo, the rare pied imperial pigeon, and the even rarer red-billed tropical bird.

    Diving
    Dive off Con Dao for a glimpse of its stunning coral reef – generally considered to be the best diving in Vietnam. Here, divers can find sea cows, once thought to be dolphins by the locals. There are rays, cobia, cuttlefish, turtles and giant barracuda, as well as a wide variety of tropical reef fish.

    Cycling
    Enjoy a tour of the island via bicycle as you set your own pace over a mix of flat and hilly terrain.

    Jungle Walk
    Hike and trek your way through the jungle. Some of the longer hikes require guides, who can point out some of the indigenous wildlife. Pause for lunch as you breathe in the fresh air and enjoy this unspoiled corner of Southeast Asia.

    Turtles
    A vital turtle breeding program can be found on Bay Canh Island, which lies near Con Dao Island. Watch the turtles as they hatch, and cheer them on in their subsequent race to the ocean. Overnight stays can be arranged.

    Culture & Beach Holiday (11D)

    Culture & Beach Holiday (11D)

    11
    Days
    Saigon → Can Tho → Con Dao Island
    This 11-day programme contains a choice of five very different destinations – the only common features are sunshine, warm sea and sandy beaches. Whether you prefer lazing with your toes in the water under palm trees, trekking through the jungle or something in between...
    Vietnam’s Southern Charms (12D)

    Vietnam’s Southern Charms (12D)

    12
    Days
    Saigon → Can Tho → hoi An Da Nang → Hue → Con Dao Island
    This luxury tour of Central and Southern Vietnam allows travelers to see a different side of this fascinating country. From elegant colonial cities to pristine beaches to bustling floating markets on the Mekong, this exciting 12-day luxury itinerary gives visitors a comprehensive overview of...
    Six Senses Con Dao

    Six Senses Con Dao

    Occupying a one kilometre space of white sandy beach and surrounded by vivid mountain landscapes, Six Senses Hideaway Con Dao is the ultimate Vietnamese beach getaway. The property's remote island location and beautiful natural surroundings provide a sense of peace and privacy that will...
    Saigon Con Dao Hotel

    Saigon Con Dao Hotel

    Located in the heart of Dao Con Son, the archipelago’s central island, the Saigon Con Dao has direct views out across the East Sea (China Sea) to several of the archipelago’s smaller islands. Whether you're a tourist or traveling on business, Saigon Condao Resort is a...
    Con Dao Resort

    Con Dao Resort

    Well-positioned in An Hai Beach, Con Dao Resort is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Con Dao Islands. With its location just 2 km from the city center and 13 km from the airport, this 3-star hotel attracts numerous travelers each...
    Con Dao Sea Travel Resort

    Con Dao Sea Travel Resort

    Designed for both business and leisure travel, Con Dao Sea Travel Resort is ideally situated in An Hai Beach; one of the city's most popular locales. The hotel lies 1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its...