Located just off the southern coast of Vietnam, the mostly uninhabited Con Dao islands have a lot to offer to visitors who are looking for a place where they could escape the daily routine and try something completely different.
While all the islands have beautiful beaches and unforgettable landscapes to offer, the island that certainly cannot be missed is Con Son.
- Quick Information on Vietnam
- Where is Con Dao islands?
- Best Time To Visit Con Dao Islands
- Things To Do On Con Dao Islands Vietnam
- Explore The Phu Hai Prison
- Visit The Revolutionary Museum
- Admire The Van Son Temple
- Visit Island Spirit Palace
- Go To The Beach and Try Fishing
- Go Diving
- Try Birdwatching
- Explore The Rainforest
- Where to Stay in Con Dao Islands
- Wrapping Up
This is the main, the biggest and the only inhabited island out of the group of 16 and it has a great variety of activities to do and places to visit.
Quick Information on Vietnam
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong
- Language: Vietnamese
- Population: Over 92 million
- Capital City: Hanoi
- Best time to visit Vietnam: Visit north Vietnam regions is between March and May and from September to November Between. And south Vietnam regions is between December and April.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Cambodia, Laos and China. Or fly into Vietnam as there are flights to most major cities in Vietnam.
Where is Con Dao islands?
Con Dao islands consists of 16 islands and has an area of about 76 square km.
Best Time To Visit Con Dao Islands
In Con Dao, the rainy season is between June to September. And between November to February are the driest months.
March to June would be the best time to visit the Con Dao Islands.
Things To Do On Con Dao Islands Vietnam
Con Dao Islands is an interesting place to visit and if you are getting tried of the crowded beaches elsewhere, then consider visiting the Con Dao islands.
Here, are some of the fun things to do on Con Dao Islands while you are there.
Explore The Phu Hai Prison
This historical site is the biggest of the 11 prisons on the Con Dao islands.
It has not been used since the 19th century but one can still feel the terrifying spirit of what has been a true hell on Earth in the air.
This was a place where thousands of prisoners were all kept naked and chained together during the French era.
Nowadays, mannequins, abnormally thin just like the prisoners of the past, recreate the frightful spectacle.
Indeed, this place of horror is a must see for anyone who is interested in Vietnamese history.
Visit The Revolutionary Museum
Despite the fact that this museum does not offer any information about its exhibits in English.
It does provide a lot of background to the horrifying past of the Con Son island.
More specifically, it displays such historical events as the Vietnamese resistance against the French, the treatment of political prisoners and the communist opposition to the Republic of Vietnam.
The exhibit leaves everyone speechless is the painting of Vo Thi Sau, a young Vietnamese heroine and martyr, who is portrayed facing her death, yet with her head held high.
Admire The Van Son Temple
This temple, located on the top of the hill. Starting from a long steep staircase that leads to the pagoda structure on wooden columns.
And ending with the inspirational landscape around, the Van Son Temple is a true masterpiece.
Whether you find temples particularly fascinating or just search for a place with exceptionally beautiful nature and views, you will not be disappointed.
Visit Island Spirit Palace
Though it has been built only over a decade ago, this is probably one of the most important historical sites on the islands.
It commemorates those who sacrificed themselves for the national liberation of Con Dao and exhibits the Revolutionary Relics.
The layout of the main palace is done in accordance with the traditional temples and the bonsai garden of fruit trees around the temple represents the diversity of the three regions of the country.
It is not at all surprising that the Island Spirit Palace, a sign of the local dedication to history and spiritual culture, has found a place in both Vietnamese people’s and travelers hearts.
Go To The Beach and Try Fishing
No matter how big of a Vietnamese history fan you are, at some point, you would want to take a break and do something else.
Fortunately, Con Dao has a few beaches (such as Nhat beach) where you can go fishing both professionally and for fun.
If you are looking for a serious and authentic experience, you can join a group of professionals who share a passion for fishing.
One more great Con Dao activity is snorkeling and scuba diving. You can enjoy the incredible underwater world by booking a dive.
And, if lucky you will see hawksbill turtles, cobia, batfish or even a whale shark!
This might sound scary but is, without a doubt, one experience that you should try and will not regret.
This might not be the most exciting thing to do for most travelers, yet it is a fact that Con Dao is home for various species of birds, many of which can only be found on these islands.
Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to spot rare birds that you will not see either in your home country or anywhere else.
The Nicobar pigeon and the pied imperial pigeon are just two examples of birds you might encounter.
Explore The Rainforest
Though many travelers enjoy exploring the unknown by themselves, it is best to book a guide from the National Park Office for doing this.
A local guide will not only keep you company but more importantly, will show you trails that you will not find on any map and guide you to the most beautiful parts.
Experience hiking through the unspoiled rainforest and seeing astonishing waterfalls. If you are traveling during the rainy season, will certainly be one of the most refreshing experiences of your life.
Where to Stay in Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands has a decent supply of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Con Dao Islands Vietnam.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Motel Tien Minh
Rating 9.2, Prices start from $21 for Double room
Motel Tien Minh offers rooms with air conditioning and a private bathroom in Con Dao. Free WiFi available. The property is non smoking.
Rating 9.1, Prices start from $25 for Double room
IN House features accommodation with private balconies. All rooms boast a kitchen and a private bathroom. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
Ngoc Anh Hotel
Rating 9.0, Prices start from $29 for Double room
Ngoc Anh Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom. Offers free WiFi.
Finally, this is a small paradise with a dark history and unknown to many but loved and cherished by those who were lucky enough to visit it and see everything it has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the fun things to do on Con Dao Islands Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.