Con Dao Islands
The crystal blue sea of Con Dao Islands.

Con Dao is 97 nautical miles off Vung Tau City and 120 nautical miles off the coast of HCM City. It is in fact an archipelago with 16 islets. Among them, Con Son is the largest, covering 51 square kilometers. Other smaller ones are Hon Bay Canh, Hon Cau, Hon Bong Lan, Hon Tai, to name but a few.

The islands feature mesmerizing beaches with crystal blue water and white sand. Islanders of Con Dao are hospitable, who can make tourists feel at home. The untapped beaches on the islands allow visitors to enjoy an action-packed day of sunbathing, swimming, and food tasting.

Con Dao Islands
Tourists on a floating eatery enjoy seafood.

Adventurous travelers should make a trip to Mui Ca Map (Shark Cape) and Nhat Beach by motorbike to enjoy fine white sand beaches and azure ocean views. Furthermore, tourists can go fishing on Bong Lau Island, take a night trip to catch squids, go snorkeling or diving on Tre Island, or, if they are lucky enough, watch turtles laying eggs at night on Bay Canh Island. They can also explore Ong Dung and So Ray forests, which have abundant flora and fauna.

 
Con Dao Islands
A poetic road on the island. – Photos: Le Dan Nam/SGT

Last but not least, Con Dao Museum is a must-visit destination to travelers interested in history, which exhibits photos showing the history and artifacts of the archipelago.

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Con Dao most mysterious island on planet

Con Dao most mysterious island on planet

Travel magazines Lonely Planet (Australia) and Travel and Leisure (USA) have voted Con Dao off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province to be the "most mysterious" and "sexiest" island on the planet.

A peaceful view of Con Dao island

A peaceful view of Con Dao island

When mentioning Con Dao island, people often remember Con Dao prison, once considered "Hell on Earth" during the war against the foreign invaders. 

Con Dao named among most beautiful island destinations for winter travel

Con Dao named among most beautiful island destinations for winter travel

Prestigious magazine Vogue Paris has named Con Dao island in Vung Tau province among the nine most beautiful secret islands which travelers should visit this winter.