Vietnam – Getting to know Con Dao

One of Vietnam’s most promising ‘up-and-coming’ destinations in our opinion, Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands located in the South China Sea, just 45 minutes by air from Ho Chi Minh City, and defined by miles of undisturbed beaches, wild jungle and turquoise waters.. The archipelago makes up one of Vietnam’s most pristine Marine National Parks, put in place to protect Sea Turtles which nest each year on the region’s uninhabited islands.

What to do in Con Dao

  Con Dao used to be infamous as the location of a Colonial French penal colony, which imprisoned Vietnamese nationalists and political prisoners and became an American POW during the region’s later conflicts. The Con Dao Museum is home to sensitive and informative exhibitions about this painful history.

    One of the prison’s most famous inmates was a teenage girl known as Vo Thi Sau, who resisted the French occupation and ended up imprisoned at 14 years old, and executed at 19. She’s since become a folk hero and national martyr, and her grave at the Hang Duong cemetary on Con Son (Con Dao’s largest island) is much visited by devotees from across the country.

    The super-deluxe Six Senses Con Dao resort on Con Son set tongues a-wagging when it opened, and is rated amongst the finest resorts in Asia – but there are also a couple of mid-range hotels to choose from. Whichever you choose, or your wallet allows, your stay on Con Dao is just as likely to be about the spectacular beaches as your proximity to a fancy spa! There’s also the small matter of the turtles, which come ashore to nest between June and September. 

Speak to one of our Concierge specialists

Start planning your tailor-made trip by contacting one of our Concierge specialists
Tailored Itineraries with Con Dao Island Tours

One of Vietnam’s most promising ‘up-and-coming’ destinations in our opinion, Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands located in the South China Sea, just 45 minutes by air from Ho Chi Minh City


Vietnam ⟩ Phan Thiet & Mui Ne

Vietnam ⟩ Dalat

Vietnam ⟩ Quy Nhon

Vietnam ⟩ Central Highlands

Vietnam ⟩ Hoa Binh

Vietnam ⟩ Nam Cat Tien National Park

Vietnam ⟩ Cuc Phuong National Park

Vietnam ⟩ Chau Doc

Vietnam ⟩ Can Tho

Vietnam ⟩ Con Dao Island

Photos of Con Dao Island

Discover Asia with our multi-day cycling adventures, suitable for riders of any skill level. Count on our quality bikes, knowledgeable guides, and excellent support for an incredible experience.

Tailor-made design

Create cherished memories that will last a lifetime through our exceptional and inspiring travel experiences.

True experiences

Embark on an enriching journey to explore the world, where every sight, sound, and encounter offers valuable insights and learning opportunities.

Connect people

Reconnect with nature, engage with diverse cultures, and rejuvenate your senses through immersive travel experiences.

Connect with a certified specialist to begin planning your trip.

Feel free to call one of our experts or schedule a video appointment for personalized ideas and advice.

    • James
    • Asia Specialist
    • Linh
    • Thailand and Asia Specialist
    • Loc
    • Vietnam Specialist

Get the latest from Absolute Asia Tours: Sign up to our newsletter

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Give us a call: +1 315 998 1998

Send an email:

Or fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch