Things To Do In Con Dao And Useful Tips Before Arriving

The current hot weather is a good reason to have a trip to the blue sea will be more wonderful than ever. Besides, if you want to stay away from the bustling town, search for a peaceful island, leave behind all your upsets, Con Dao is an ideal choice for this summer. Even if you do not know what to play in Con Dao, with many sports games or lying on the beach, Con Dao is still very spoiled for all your requirements. Here are the things to do in Con Dao so you can hit the road without having to worry about anything during your stay here.

Con Dao is a place that you can not ignore when coming to Vietnam, you can learn about history and enjoy a peaceful time on this beautiful island. Source: Winwintravel
Con Dao is a place that you can not ignore when coming to Vietnam, you can learn about history and enjoy a peaceful time on this beautiful island. Source: Winwintravel

About Con Dao

Con Dao used to be the most hellish hell in the world when it came to shivering. From the middle of the 19th century to 1975, Con Dao was turned into a giant prison, holding hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese patriots. Here, more than 22,000 elite soldiers of the country have fallen because of the country’s independence.

Tourism here is also an interesting natural experience that Con Dao is fully integrated with the elements of the majestic landscape because the island was formed from an archipelago of 16 different small islands, each island has its own characteristics that will surely bring tourists many different feelings, the most obvious is the interesting difference when exploring Hon Tai, Hon Bay Canh, Hon Cau or big Tre island.

Con Dao was honored to be voted as one of the "12 most peaceful islands in Asia" according to the famous CNN newspaper | Source: Saigonstartravel
Con Dao was honored to be voted as one of the “12 most peaceful islands in Asia” according to the famous CNN newspaper | Source: Saigonstartravel

There is a common point of the islands, which are extremely rich coral reefs from table corals, deer horns, cotton vases, hard-bodied corals, mollusks and vividly colored marine algae.

How To Get To Con Dao

Planes

There is only Vietnam Airlines in conjunction with Vasco to implement Con Dao flight route. You can fly straight from Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho to Con Dao. If from Hanoi, you have to transit in one of the two places mentioned above. In particular, from Ho Chi Minh City every day has 4-5 flights, guests can bring up to 20 kg of checked baggage and 7 kg of freehand luggage. Flight time is about 55 minutes.

Flying will save a lot of time when traveling to the Con Dao
Flying will save a lot of time when traveling to the Con Dao

Express Boat

In addition to airplanes, visitors also have a more economical means of transporting passenger trains from Cau Da port (Vung Tau) to Ben Dam port (Con Dao) and vice versa. Express Boat carrying passengers and goods are compact, and can also carry motorbikes.

However, there is a point to note when you decide to choose this vehicle, which is the possibility of being seasick when traveling. In the calm sea season (from April to August every year), taking the train to Con Dao is an interesting experience. However, from September to March, the train ride will be a torture, especially for those with motion sickness.

Ship is a quite popular of transportation for those who are passionate about sightseeing, as well as want to enjoy the floating time at sea
Ship is a quite popular of transportation for those who are passionate about sightseeing, as well as want to enjoy the floating time at sea

The ship departed at 8:00 am and about 11:30 am arrived at Ben Dam port – Con Dao and vice versa. There is a small food court on the train serving drinks. The main food is instant noodles and boiled eggs. From Ben Dam port to the center of Con Son town about 12 km.

Ticket price: $25 per trip (departing in Vung Tau)

Tel: +84 82 232 0178

Where To Stay In Con Dao

In general, Con Dao hotels are not many, so you will not have to take a lot of work when choosing yourself affordable Con Dao accommodation. Most of Con Dao hotels are located on the beach, or near the beach, the center of the island.

Note when booking hotels in Con Dao:

3-star standard: 3-star hotels and resorts in Con Dao have always been a compulsory choice because there is no other option, however, if you really expect a beach vacation, These hotels are the choice for you. 3-star hotel room rates usually range from 1,300,000 VND / night for standard rooms.

2-star standard: The recent launch of a series of 2-star hotels is a great choice for the most economical trip to Con Dao. The dependence on 3-star hotels has completely changed, now you can choose 2-star hotels to rest at Con Dao without having to pay too much attention to the cost. Con Dao 2 star hotels are popular as Con Dao Cabanas, Quynh Anh hotel, Red Hotel hotel, Hoang Ngoc hotel, Anh Dao hotel, etc.

Room rates range from 500,000 VND / night for standard rooms. In addition, motels like Thanh Ngoc and Thanh Xuan with spacious rooms, near the beach are also options that can be considered for your economical Con Dao trip.

The whole view of Six Senses Con Dao Resort | Source: Tanphatlong
The whole view of Six Senses Con Dao Resort | Source: Tanphatlong

In addition, if you have enough expenses for a vacation in a luxury resort, you can refer to Six Senses Con Dao Resort, Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa. They are typical 5-star Resorts, with a price range of around $500 for one night.

Things To Do In Con Dao

Visit The Historical Sites

Con Dao is a place where combining vacation and sightseeing is extremely meaningful. Monuments such as the Con Dao Prison, a place is known as the earthly hell, which was once held from political soldiers and death row inmates, typically the infamous “tiger cages”.

Con Dao Prison is the place where the whole scene of war is fierce | Source: C-Vietnam
Con Dao Prison is the place where the whole scene of war is fierce | Source: C-Vietnam

Hang Duong Cemetery is a spiritual tourist attraction attracting many tourists to visit and offer incense to commemorate the heroic martyrs, including heroes Vo Thi Sau, Nguyen An Ninh, and Le Hong Phong.

Dive Into Coral, Conquer The Seabed

This is one of the fun activities that foreign tourists love most in Con Dao. At Hon Tai, Hon Bay Canh, Hon Tre, Hon Cau, and Hon Trung, there are many professional diving equipment rental services. You will be free to swim among the clear blue water like the legendary fishermen and watch the beautiful coral reefs, colorful fishes and a diverse and rich ecological environment.

The ideal time for snorkeling and diving is from March to September. At that time it was sunny and the sea was soft. The cost for a person can range from $25 to $50 depending on the diving equipment included.

Coral diving is the activity you should do when you are in Con Dao | Source: Vietnamguide
Coral diving is the activity you should do when you are in Con Dao | Source: Vietnamguide

It will be great if you have experience and diving skills, you will be extremely confident to enjoy this experience. However, if you have never dived in the sea, reputable tool rental services will have someone to guide you in the skills and they can also join you in diving to support you in the journey to conquer the ocean.

Fishing In The Open Sea

Con Dao is also a familiar destination for many anglers. Seafood will be processed on the spot and you will enjoy the freshest taste on the salty sea itself. The ship will take you to the middle of the sea to release the fishing rod, wind, sunshine, and quiet, cool when fishing is the most favorite space.

What is more amazing than after fishing, you can eat the fresh fish that you catch | Source: Lonelyplanet
What is more amazing than after fishing, you can eat the fresh fish that you catch | Source: Lonelyplanet

Drive Motorbike Around The Island

Car rental prices are also reasonable, only about $6 per day. It should be noted that there is only one gas station on the island, so get a motorbike then go ahead and fill it up. Bicycles are cheaper and perhaps more romantic, with nearly $2 per day. Normally, people will rent motorbikes at the hotel they live in.

Drive into the residential areas and fishing villages to learn more about the lives of the island people, visit the market, visit the cafes where you can eat and drink without worrying about the time.

Con Dao is a quiet and peaceful place, you can drive around the island by motorbike or bicycle | Source: Hanoimoi
Con Dao is a quiet and peaceful place, you can drive around the island by motorbike or bicycle | Source: Hanoimoi

Con Dao nightlife is quite peaceful, there is a public park near the beach, there are many locals gather for chatting, and having a good time, there are not too many food shops and amusement parks. Con Dao or Phu Quoc is an ideal place for travelers who want to have time to be immersed in the beauty of nature.

Summary

Things to do in Dao Dao are not about parties or crowded entertainment places, this is a good place for sightseeing and peaceful times. The service in Con Dao also depends heavily on the supply of land so it is quite expensive and the most limited is the night entertainment activities. Therefore, you should be prepared that this is a vacation and discover an island that is still very wild, the service is not as complete as the mainland. Hopefully, the article will bring you useful information before coming to this beautiful island.

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