In the past, Con Dao was known as “hell on earth”- the most notorious prison at one time in Vietnam—but today, Con Dao is voted as one of the most attractive destinations in Asia. As island tourism has become a new trend, people have discovered the pristine and majestic beauty of the beautiful island region of Ba Ria, Vung Tau. Con Dao attracts tourists with beautiful, pristine white sand beaches, primeval forest systems, and many diverse rare creatures.
Ideal places to stay when traveling to Con Dao
1. Six Senses Con Dao
Address: Co Ong Town Street, Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Phone: 028 3823 2229
- Ocean View Duplex Pool Villa: 22,397,413 VND/night
- Beachfront Duplex Pool Villa: 27,241,941 VND/night
- Beachfront 3-Bedroom Pool Villa: 90,101,399 VND/night
Set in a national and marine park in Con Dao, Six Senses features a white-sand private beach, two on-site restaurants, two bars, a swimming pool, a spa, and a fitness center. Free WiFi can be accessed. Featuring contemporary design reflecting the essence of a traditional fishing village, the resort comprises 50 villas and residences with private infinity pools and unobstructed sea views. Guests have different choices of one, three, and four-bedroom configurations along the beachfront or with an ocean view and a large seating and dining area. Added amenities include DVD players and a flat-screen TV.
2. The Secret Con Dao
Address: Con Son Island, No. 08 Ton Duc Thang Street, Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Phone: 0254 3837 888
- Deluxe Double Room with City View: 2,130,700 VND/night
- Deluxe Double Room with Balcony: 2,551,500 VND/night
- Double Room with Garden View: 2,704,590 VND/night
Located in Con Dao, The Secret Con Dao has a fitness center, garden, terrace, and restaurant. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk, an airport shuttle, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a work desk, kettle, fridge, safe, flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with shower.
The property serves American breakfast, Asian breakfast, and vegetarian breakfast daily.
3. Poulo Condor Boutique Resort
Address: Con Son Island, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Con Dao
Phone: 0254 3831 500
- Junior Suite: 3,436,141 VND/night
- Colonial Suite Villa: 6,406,000 VND/night
- Poulo Condor Villa with Swimming Pool: 15,400,000 VND/night
Set in private gardens, Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa offers accommodations in Con Dao. The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, and guests can dine at the on-site restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa is 11.5 km from the American-style Tiger Cage Prison, 12 km from Con Dao town center, and 4 km from Con Son Airport.
4. Orson Hotel & Resort Con Dao
Address: Ben Dam, Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Phone: 0254 6526 688
- Twin Room with Mountain View: 1,874,879 VND/night
- Premier Deluxe Room with Mountain View: 2,280,000 VND/night
- Family Room with Sea View: 3,300,000 VND/night
Located in Con Dao, 2 km from Ben Dam port, the Orson Hotel & Resort Con Dao offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a garden, and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a restaurant, a free shuttle service, room service, and free WiFi. Some rooms have balconies with sea views. Air-conditioned rooms at the hotel include a desk, kettle, fridge, minibar, safe, flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with shower. spray/bidet. Rooms at Orson Hotel & Resort Con Dao come with bed sheets and towels.
5. Tan Son Nhat Con Dao Resort
Address: 6 Nguyen Duc Thuan, Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Phone: 0254 6274 999
- Double Room with Garden View: 1,749,774 VND/night
- Standard Double Room: 1,850,000 VND/night
- Double Room with Sea View: 2,400,000 VND/night
Facing the beach in Con Dao, Tan Son Nhat Con Dao Resort offers 3-star accommodation and features a garden, terrace, and restaurant. This 3-star resort offers a bar. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms at Tan Son Nhat Con Dao Resort are air-conditioned and feature TV. satellite flat screen, fridge, kettle, shower/bidet, free toiletries, and work desk. Some rooms also have sea views and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Rooms are furnished with bed sheets and towels.
Top experiences worth trying when traveling to Con Dao
1. Visit Con Dao National Park.
- Address: Con Dao, Ba Ria – Vung Tau
- Operating hours: 7:00 am – 19:00 pm
- Ticket price: 60,000 VND/adult, 20,000 VND/student, 10,000 VND/child.
Con Dao National Park belongs to the special-use forest system, one of thirty-three national forests in Vietnam. With a total land area of nearly 6,000 hectares and an underwater area of nearly 14,000 hectares, it is home to 1,077 species of higher plants, 155 species of vertebrates, and 6 endemic animal species, including Con Dao long-tailed monkeys and Munch squirrels, Con Dao black squirrels, Worm lizards, Round-eye lizards, and Con Dao snakes, along with 29 other rare animal species. Because human activities have not had much impact on the ecosystem here, the National Park of Con Dao still retains its inherent wildness. Surely those who are interested in exploring the world of animals and plants will be very interested in the rich number of species here.
2. Explore Ong Dung’s Primeval Forest
Ong Dung’s primeval forest belongs to Con Dao National Park, with its wild beauty of blue sea and white sand. Just seeing the image of pebbles stacked on top of boulders, you will definitely think of this place. With the economic potential of tourism, people here have developed many types of entertainment activities and sightseeing tours on neighboring islands. Tourists’ favorite activities are trekking in the forest, canoeing combined with fishing, and coral diving in harmony with the sea.
3. Scuba diving to see coral at Bai Lo Voi
Towards the northeast of Con Dao town, Lo Voi Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches located at both ends of the island. The fresh air, fresh water of the sea, and inherent wildness are the reasons why, when traveling to Con Dao, you definitely cannot miss this place.
4. Hon Tre Lon
According to the people here, Hon Tre Lon is the home of sea turtles during the main breeding season. You will have the opportunity to see the herds of baby turtles directly at close range, which is extremely realistic and interesting. In addition, the vegetation on Hon Tre Lon is extremely diverse and rich, contributing to adding green color and wildness to the Con Dao tourist area. To get here, you will travel by train from Con Son.
5. Con Dao Prison System
- Operating hours: 7:00 am – 17:30 pm.
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND per person.
For more than 113 years, this has been called the “school” for all generations of prisoners. Everyone should visit because they will be provided with knowledge and historical stories related to the old prison system. In Con Dao, there is a policy for former prisoners who have been imprisoned here; they are supported and provided with tours to visit the island. This policy shows gratitude for the noble sacrifices of revolutionary soldiers.
What should you taste when visiting Con Dao?
1. Oyster porridge
The specialty, nutritious oyster porridge here is a dish not to be missed by new visitors. Ingredients include rice and fresh Con Dao oysters. Sprinkle with a little pepper, cilantro, and fragrant fried purple onions to give you a nutritious bowl of oyster porridge.
- Address: Cay Bang restaurant, the intersection of Pham Van Dong and Nguyen Van Troi, Con Dao.
- Opening hours: 09:00–24:00
- Price: from 35,000 to 50,000 VND.
2. Oc Vu
This is one of the special dishes that attracts tourists to Con Dao. Prepared as boiled, grilled, or salad, visitors will usually choose boiled snails served with salt and lemon pepper to fully feel the fresh flavor of the snail, the sweetness of the meat, moderate chewiness, and a little extra spicy taste of the dipping sauce.
- Address: Phuong Hanh restaurant, 38 Nguyen Hue Street, Con Dao, Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
- Opening hours: 9:00–21:00
- Price: from 70,000 to 100,000 VND.
3. Shark salad
Shark salad is one of the dishes considered a specialty in Con Dao. Fresh ingredients are directly processed with fresh shark meat, star fruit, pineapple, peanuts, apricot leaves, and chili.
- Address: Sang Tuyen restaurant, Nguyen Hue Street, Con Dao
- Opening hours: 6:00–22:00
- Price: about 100,000–150,000 VND.
4. Moon Crab
It is impossible not to mention the moon crab; this is a rare seafood species. On the crab shell, there are many dark red circles mixed with a little orange and yellow that look very eye-catching. Crab meat is most commonly prepared and enjoyed steamed, and served with lemon, salt, and pepper. The sweet taste of crab meat blends with the spicy taste on the tip of the tongue, and the strong flavor of pepper will maximize your taste buds.
- Address: Tri Ky Restaurant, Nguyen Duc Thuan Street, Con Dao. (propose)
- Opening hours: 9:00–23:00
- Price: about 200,000–300,000 VND.
5. Half-Dried Mackerel
Known as a famous specialty of Con Dao, tourists often buy a lot as gifts for their family, friends, and relatives. Mackerel is harvested fresh from the sea, washed with salt water, and does not need to be marinated with any other spices. It is then dried in the sun once. People here often prepare it with braise, tomato sauce, and, most especially, deep-fry it and eat it with ginger fish sauce.
- Address: Coastal Market
- Price ranges from 200,000–550,000 VND/kg.
Traveling to Con Dao is a journey to an archipelago located off the southern coast of Vietnam in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, a beautiful island that is both pure and wild like a sleeping princess waiting to be awakened. Con Dao has now become an attractive destination as one of the 10 most mysterious and charming islands in the world. Going to Con Dao to learn about Vietnamese history is ideal for you if you want to explore pristine nature away from the hustle and bustle of urban areas. Come to Con Dao to find a peaceful place and experience a life in harmony with nature in the true sense.