Con Dao is a name of the offshore archipelago in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. It is also the name of the largest island in this archipelago.
Con Dao is a tourist island with a lot of stunning wild beaches, the cool clear water and the smooth sand. It is also one of the tourist attractions in Vietnam which is reached by daily flights, of just 45 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City.
Con Dao island is praised as a paradise of resort, ecotourism and discovery. This place has a wild beauty and biodiversity. Over 80% in the area are National forest and sea reserve. It is a place to research and explore not only for the scientists but also for the tourists.
The 12 kilometers road from Ben Dam (the largest port in Con Dao) to the town passes one of the wildest and clearest beach called Bai Nhat. You will definitely be fascinated be The simple beauty of Bai Nhat at the first sight. The blue water is clean as the cloudless sky. The surf wave covers the stretch of sand. However, the limpid water and the smooth sand are not enough. You can freely breathe in the rare pure air.
Con Dao is a place where a famous prison was situated with the cruel tiger cage system under The French colonial and American empire. It known as a “hell on earth”. There is still much evidence of a woeful but noble period of Vietnamese history on Con Dao islands today.
However, if you think that there is only the huge prison on this island, you just know a haft of Con Dao. Six Sense resort which is the first 5 star resort in this archipelago has turned the“ hell on earth” into a tourist paradise in Vietnam. This stunning island has a community of 6,000 people.
In this mysterious island, you can walk on the coral beach in Bai Dat Doc, contemplate the sunrise in Shark cape ( Mui Ca Map), wait for the sunset in Bai Nhat even sleep on the beaches under a starred firmament. You should never compel yourselves in a hurry way but let everything drift slowly. As setting foot on Con Dao island, you are able to enjoy tranquil and peaceful days unexpectedly.
Furthermore, the whole island is covered by primary rainforest, with elements of diversified fauna and flora in forests. This is a Wonderful place to explore and have walking tours through forest.
Every year, there are hundreds of individual mother turtles laying eggs on beaches in Hon Bay Canh. In 2009, Center for the Book of Vietnam record recognized Con Dao National Park as a area rasing and releasing the most number of small marine turtles.
Con Dao island was listed in top ten of The world’s best secret islands by The Lovely Planet in 2011. Furthermore, The Travel and Leisure has announced the list of Top 20 islands contain many mysteries in the world. Unexpectedly winning name of Vietnam Con Dao.
The New York Times used to comment :” Con Dao- the island located in the Southeast of Vietnam is one of the impressive destinations in the Southeast Asia”