Con Dao is an archipelago, consisting of 16 islands and they are mostly unoccupied. These islands are located just off the southern coast of Vietnam. These islands not only offer great beaches, surrounded by greeneries but there is also great historical importance on them. The biggest island in the archipelago, the Con Son, was once a prison during the French colonial era. The prisons were for the political prisoners such as the Vietnamese that were involved in the independence movement. Today, the derelict prisons have become a tourist attraction apart from the great natural beauty of the island.
The airport that serves for the archipelago is located on the biggest island, Con Son Island. Con Dao Airport is a small airport, located on the far north end of the island and it is solely served by Vietnam Airlines. Flights from Con Dao only go to two destinations; Ho Chi Minh City that has 27 flights weekly and to Can Tho with only four flights per week. Con Dao Airport is connected to the city in Con Son in several ways. It is recommended to pre-book an airport transfer with a hotel. This is to ensure hassle-free to get to the hotel although the price might be a little steep compared to using public transportation. The cheapest option will be using the shared shuttle van available. Taxis are aplenty at the airport, but they are very expensive. None of the drivers, both taxis and shared shuttle vans, can speak English and this can make the conversation very hard.
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Generally, Con Dao is good to visit all year round, as it is located in the Asian monsoon climate. The weather on the island is influenced heavily by the ocean climate. There are only two seasons; dry and rainy season. The rainy season in Con Dao started from May and lasted until November while the rest of the months are considered as the dry season. An average temperature, during the dry season, is around 27°C. The peak tourist season is in February as it has the best weather and the coolest month at 22°C. The hottest month on Con Dao is in May where the temperature is often reaching 30°C or more.
Con Dao is a great destination for swimming, relaxing and plenty of activities, including exploring. There are not many celebrations happening on the island other than what is celebrated in the whole country such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Vietnamese Independence Day.
1. Con Dao Prison System – This is one of the important parts of Vietnamese Independence history. Here, visitors can learn how the Vietnamese were tortured as they fought for their country independence from the French colonial. The prison system on the island was the reason for Con Dao to be known as ‘the Devil’s Island of Indochina.’
2. Con Dao Museum – A must-visit while on the island. A museum is a great place for those who want to know more about Con Dao’s horrible and cruel past. Entrance is free.
3. Con Dao’s Beaches – This island is surrounded by beautiful, white sandy beaches. The waters are crystal clear, and most of them are suitable for a swim. Relaxing by the beach is something not to be missed.