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Explore Con Dao for a short time

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec2,2023 #explore #short
Explore Con Dao for a short time 1
Explore Con Dao for a short time 1

From March to September is the appropriate time to explore Con Dao, at this time the sea is calm and the wind is favorable for traveling to the island.

Con Dao is most beautiful around March – May, there is little rain, the sea is calm.

Traveling to Con Dao you can go by plane and ship.

If you go by air, it only takes about 50 minutes to get to Con Dao airport from Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho, the flight is operated by Vietnam Airlines with prices ranging from 1.5 million – 2.5 million VND one way.

Traveling by ship is most convenient if you depart from Tran De port (Soc Trang), travel time is about 2.5 hours with ticket price 320,000 – 520,000 VND each way for one passenger.

On the island, you can travel by taxi for about 11,000 VND/km, or rent a motorbike for 100,000 VND a day, or a 12-16-seat car for 1.5 million VND a day.

When diving to see coral, you need to rent a boat or canoe with a capacity of 6 – 20 people for 2 – 5 million VND round trip per day.

Con Son town center has many options for accommodation facilities for tourists such as motels, hotels, homestays, and resorts.

Explore Con Dao for a short time

In a short time, you can choose to visit the locations below.

The island cluster of Hon Bay Canh – Hon Tai – Hon Cau – Big Hon Tre – Small Hon Tre – Hon Ba: is a marine eco-tourism route with experiences of diving to see coral, visiting mangrove forests, and learning about conservation activities.

Dam Trau beach: calm sea water and fine golden sand.

Cape Tau Be: located on the unique road from the airport to town.

Bai Nhat, Shark Cape: the pristine beach that many tourists stop to take pictures of because of the beautiful scenery with the road curving around the mountainside, with a clear blue beach on one side.

The central beaches of Con Son Bay have fine white sand, calm sea and many locals come here to swim.

Con Dao Prison: known as `hell on earth` is still almost intact with statues recreating scenes of torture of prisoners.

Con Dao Museum: formerly the residence and working place of 53 generations of Island Lords for 113 years.

Hang Duong Cemetery: where the grave of female martyr Vo Thi Sau and more than 2,000 other martyrs is located, is considered very sacred.

An Hai Lake: located in the center of the big island, is the second largest freshwater lake on the island.

The roads on the island also have many beautiful spaces such as roads lined with almond trees, yellow cassia flowers and red poinciana in the summer, pink bougainvillea bushes along the road, old houses, wharves reaching out to the sea,

Con Dao specialties you should try to enjoy are Nang’s breast snails, cone snails, elephant ear snails, palm snails, red lobsters, shrimps, moon crabs, king crabs, red groupers, and sea bass salad.

Explore Con Dao for a short time

Nang breast snail is a famous and delicious seafood in Con Dao.

There are also floating rafts for tourists to eat and drink with an average price of about 200,000 – 500,000 VND per meal, you spend about 10,000 – 30,000 VND more to take a small boat to the rafts.

If you need to buy specialties to take home, go to Con Dao market, where a variety of fresh, dried specialties and souvenirs are sold.


Train or flight schedules may be rescheduled or delayed due to bad weather.

The cost for a 2-3 day trip to explore Con Dao is about 2,500,000 VND including transportation, accommodation, and meals.

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