Time seemingly stops on Con Dao Island | Cruise Mekong River

Time seemingly stops on Con Dao Island

Con Dao Island in the sunset

Con Dao Island, about 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau City, is considered a beautiful pearl of Vietnam’s sea tourism and is endowed with smooth beaches shaded by evergreen trees, fresh air, clear blue water, primitive forests and abundant wildlife as well as its historical relics.

Con Dao Island in the sunset

Con Dao Island in the sunset

Con Dao has about 16 islands in varied sizes and 20 beautiful sandy beaches, plus mountains and primitive forests that create a poetic landscape under the shade of malabar almond lines. Empty streets, giant trees and mossy house lines make people think about peaceful places of ancient towns. It’s hard for them to think that the place used to be a horrible wartime prison. The tranquility and peace of the surroundings inspire people to live at ease. On the island, tourists can soak in the cool water, and go around to take snapshots. Moreover, travelers can hire a fishing boat to go fishing or cruise to Bay Canh Islet to make a furtive glance at turtles laying eggs into the sand. Getting to Con Dao If you want to go by boat there is a hydrofoil service from Vung Tau to Con Dao twice a week at 350,000 VND each way, and also one departing from Tra Vinh in the Mekong Delta which is run by Greenlines. The fares and timetable are no longer advertised on the Vietnamese language version of their website though, so it is worth checking before making the trip to Vung Tau. Flights are run by VASCO but are unfortunately not bookable online. An alternative may be to book online with Isango who are currently advertising an all inclusive two day tour to the island including flights which departs from Ho Chi Minh City. Feedback on this service would be appreciated.

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