Con Dao

Con Dao

A group of 16 mostly uninhabited islands making up Con Dao National Park. Con Son is the only inhabited island and offers an excellent, quiet location to visit.

February to June is the best time to visit Con Dao with a low chance of rain and pleasant temperatures. Winds are also relatively calm which means that conditions are best fro scuba diving and snorkeling. Weather is similar in December and January apart from higher winds which can close the port for short periods of time and affect water sports.

Rainfall is most light, if any, apart from July to September when overnight storms can hit.

It is possible to watch, from a distance, turtles nesting on the beaches from around May to October.

Getting There

Vietnam Airlines are the only airline flying direct from the UK to Vietnam, with flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam Airlines fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao Airport.

Con Dao Sunset, Vietnam. Credit Hai Nguyen Thanh on flickr
Con Dao, Vietnam. Credit Solewalker on flickr

Getting Around

Con Son Town is easy to get around by foot or on bicycle, the terrain is less suited outside of town however.

Taxi – Available in Con Son Town. Most taxis should have and use meters. Many drivers can speak at least some English.

Xe Om (motorcycle taxi) – An excellent way of exploring but expect to bargain hard for a price which can fluctuate depending on the time of day, distance and weather.

Where to Stay in Con Dao

We like the Poulo Condor Boutique Resort and Spa (****), The Secret Con Dao (****) and Tan Son Nhat Con Dao Resort (**+)

Photo credit Frederick Pecheux on flickr

What to do in Con Dao

Reputed to have the best scuba diving and snorkeling in Vietnam, Con Dao is a must for divers of all abilities.

The islands have a number of stunning beaches both close to Con Dao and through an island hopping trip

Photo credit Far East Tour Vietnam on flickr

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