It is isolated from the mainland and is belonging toBa Ria Vung Tauprovince. It’s also known as the national park with 16 mostly uninhabited islets just off the southern coast of Vietnam, each of which offering expansive beaches shaded with evergreen trees. Great for savvy travelers looking to escape bustling city life.
The main islandCon Sonwas once the site of French-run prisons for Vietnamese involved in the independence movement. Most of the derelict prisons are located in Con Son town, where you can visit the prison cells and infamous tiger cages. Many locals and foreigners visit Con Son to pay their respects to the revolutionaries.
When to go?!The best time to visit Con Dao islands is during the dry season (November to February) but if you are looking for turtles nesting on the islands, visit between June and September. February till July is ideal for driving excursions as the water around Con Dao has visibility average between 20 to 30 meters.
Where to visit on the islands?!
Con Dao was used as a prison by French colonialists. Captives were anti-French fighters. Evidence of this dark past can be seen all over the islands including several prisons right in the Con Son downtown. A free visit to the Con Dao Museum is an excellent history primer. Learn about the methods of torture, the female prisoners, the several attempted escapes and uprisings and how prisoners secretly created newspapers.
Eat and Meet.
Aside from seafood, some vegetables and meat, everything is imported to Con Dao when it comes to eating, so the price of a good meal here reflects that. Food is more expensive than on the mainland, but there are some very tasty eats to be had.