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Located off the Southeast Coast of Vietnam, sat peacefully isolated in the South China Sea, is the stunning Con Dao Archipelago. Made up of 16 mountainous, craggy islands, this remote part of Vietnam feels like a truly forgotten corner of the planet.

With a population of roughly 7000 people and a relatively small number of tourists, the deserted beaches and deep thick jungles make Con Dao an alluring destination. Visitors to the island are greeted with phenomenal views of the rich green, jungle which covers the mountainous islands before fading off into sandy beaches and crystal waters. The islands’ isolation and dark past mean these islands have been beautifully preserved and mostly untouched by the rapid development which has stormed across Vietnam’s holiday destinations.

Best time to visit

When it comes to traveling, good weather also plays a vital role in order for your trip to be successful! Here is something you should know about the best time to visit Con Dao:

March to September

From March to September is the ideal time to go to Con Dao. At this time, there are not many big waves on the ocean so the beach is calm and perfect for swimming. Even though sometimes there will be rain when it comes to the rainy season (occurs in May to November), the rain in Con Dao doesn’t last long and there is still sunlight for you to sunbathe in. If you are lucky enough, you will even see the turtles laying eggs as this is the turtle breeding season. Besides swimming, you can also join a diving/ snorkeling tour to make the most of the great weather.

October to February

Some beaches in the east of the island will have big waves at this time. Nevertheless, the beach to the west and southwest of the island will be calmer. You can also visit Phu Quoc from October to February. However, you should choose to fly there instead of going by boat if you easily get seasick.

Check the below table for the general idea of Con Dao Island weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 27.9 25.6 24.1
Feb 28.7 26.1 24.2
Mar 30.1 27.3 25.1
Apr 31.4 28.5 25.9
May 32.1 29.1 26.3
Jun 31.4 28.7 26.1
Jul 30.7 28.2 25.7
Aug 30.9 28.2 25.9
Sep 30.4 27.9 25.6
Oct 30.4 27.8 25.5
Nov 29.7 27.5 25.6
Dec 28.7 26.7 25.4

Con Dao Island’s current weather and 7-day forecast

CÔN ĐẢO WEATHER

For many travelling to Con Dao, the idyllic beaches and quiet shores are the main allure. Although the beaches are thin, and some only accessible at low tide, there are plenty to choose from and dotted around the perimeter of the island.

Bai Dam Trau

Possessing an untouched nature with light waves, blue water, white sand, and colorful coral reefs, Dam Trau is one of the most gorgeous beaches that visitors should not miss out on when traveling to the island. Not only can tourists enjoy comfortable moments of swimming and sunbathing but you can also get to know a little bit of its history and culture.

Bai Suoi Nong

Bai Suoi Nong is located near Dam Trau. To get there, tourists are required to go through a road tunneled by forest. Thanks to this geographic separation, the beach is nearly unspoiled with white sand and lush mangroves, creating a heaven that anyone coming to this island needs to spend some time exploring.

Bai Lo Voi & Bai An Hai

Lo Voi Beach and An Hai Beach are located along Ton Duc Thang Street, offering a great place to play with waves and do some camping. These two beaches are suitable for guests traveling with family and kids since it is easier to reach than others. Lo Voi Beach is famous for its long white sand covered strip of beach shaded by numerous poplars, meanwhile, An Hai beach is surrounded by many majestic mountains. An Hai is also the largest scale beach in the central area of the island.

Bai Dat Doc

Known as one of the most attractive beaches of Con Dao, Bai Dat Doc also brings tourists to an unspoiled natural scenery covered with bushy woodland and rocky mountains. Besides, there are some nice hotels and resorts near this beach, so it is quite convenient in case you want to stay over for a couple of days.

Con Dao Museum

The Museum is the repository of many precious items and artifacts collected from the painful time of war. The gallery is divided into four spaces referring to these topics: Con Dao – Country & People; Con Dao – A hell on earth; Con Dao – Battlefield and School and Con Dao today. Also, a special corner is saved to display the images and objects of female heroes of the war, like Vo Thi Sau – the girl who died heroically. By visiting the museum and having a look through some 2,000 pieces and antiques displayed here, foreigners can partly see the fearless fighting spirit of the patriotic soldiers during the 113 years of war that Vietnam participated in.

Con Dao Prison

Formally put into use in 1982, this Prison is classified as one of the oldest and largest relics in Vietnam built by the French. During its years in operation, this place held the most haunting memories of prisoners being tortured. Now, Con Dao Prison and its tragic history have become a demonstration of how good people will overcome the evil and violent actions of others. This overpowering feeling radiates throughout this entire establishment connecting one receptive soul to another, no matter where they may be. For this reason alone, this place is well worth visiting.

Con Dao National Park

Established in 1993, Con Dao National Park is the only place in the country where both forest and marine life are conserved. Famous for its wild beauty, the floral system in Con Dao National Park is extremely rich with over 882 species of plants and 150 species of animals. A trip to Con Dao National Park will allow you to experience all kinds of relaxing recreational activities, from sightseeing to fishing, boating, biking, etc.

There are a lot of choices for accommodation and hotels on Con Dao ranging from 10 – 200 USD. However, in the busy traveling season of Vietnam (national holidays and summer), it is better to make a reservation two days in advance. Here are some of our recommendations:

Budget options

Hoàng Gia Hotel Côn Đảo 

Add: Le Duan Zone 6, Con Dao district, 790000 Con Dao, Vietnam

Set in Con Dao, within 2.8 km of Dat Doc Beach and 800 m of Ben Dam Port, Hoàng Gia Hotel Côn Đảo offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 2-star hotel offers room service and a concierge service. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and ticket service for guests.

All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

Hoàng Gia Hotel Côn Đảo offers a terrace. Activities such as hiking, snorkelling, diving can be enjoyed in the surroundings, and guests can relax along the beachfront.

Red Hotel 

Add: 17B Nguyen An Ninh, Con Dao, Vietnam

Red Hotel is just 100 m from Con Dao Beach and Vo Thi Sau Monument. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi access and private parking.

Local Vietnamese and seafood delights can be found within 100 m away. The hotel is 500 m from Hang Duong Cemetery – a memorial cemetery for those who died at Con Dao Prison. Con Dao Museum is 600 m away.

Air-conditioned rooms feature cable TV, an electric kettle and a minibar. The en suite bathroom comes with shower facilities and slippers.

Hotel Thảo Lợi 

Add: Le Van Luong Street, Quarter 7, Con Dao, Vietnam

Hotel Thảo Lợi is located on the beachfront in Con Dao, 2.5 km from Dat Doc Beach and 700 m from Con Dao Museum.

This 2-star hotel offers room service and a concierge service. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shuttle service, a shared kitchen and free WiFi.

The hotel offers a terrace.

Mid-range options

Maya Hotel 2 

Add: Nguyen An Ninh, Khu 7 Con Dao, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Con Dao, Vietnam

Set in Con Dao, within 2.2 km of Dat Doc Beach and 300 m of Con Dao Prisoner, Maya Hotel 2 offers accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is close to Phu Son Camp, Phu Hai Prison and Hang Duong Graveyard. The hotel has family rooms.

At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All guest rooms at Maya Hotel 2 feature air conditioning and a wardrobe.

Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.

Speaking Vietnamese and English, staff are ready to help around the clock at the reception.

ConSon Bluesea 

Add: Nguyễn Đức Thuận 9, Con Dao, Vietnam

Located in Con Dao, 80 m from An Hai Beach, ConSon Bluesea provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 1.5 km from Ben Dam Port and 2.2 km from Con Dao Prisoner, the property offers a shared lounge and a garden. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi.

All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel each room includes a wardrobe and a private bathroom.

A buffet breakfast is available daily at ConSon Bluesea.

The accommodation offers a terrace. The area is popular for cycling, and car hire is available at ConSon Bluesea.

Con Dao Resort 

Add: 8 Nguyen Duc Thuan, Ba Ria, Vung Tau, Con Dao, Vietnam

Located along Nguyen Duc Thuan Street, Con Dao Resort offers 10 bungalows with free Wi-Fi and private parking. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant and rooms with satellite TV.

Each air-conditioned room at the Resort Con Dao comes with a minibar and electric kettle. A hairdryer and slippers are provided.

Sport facilities at the resort include beach volleyball and tennis.Tour services are also available.

A variety of local dishes are served at the resort’s restaurant. There is also an on-site bar.

Deluxe options

The Secret Con Dao 

Add: 08 Tôn Đức Thắng, Con Dao, Vietnam

Situated in Con Dao, a few steps from Ben Dam Port, The Secret Con Dao features air-conditioned accommodation and a fitness centre. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The hotel has a garden and offers a terrace.

The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV.

Guests at The Secret Con Dao can enjoy a buffet breakfast.

Six Senses Con Dao 

Add: Dat Doc Beach, Con Dao, Vietnam

Set in a national and marine park of Con Dao, Six Senses features a white sand private beach, 2 on-site restaurants, two bars, swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. Free WiFi can be accessed.

Featuring contemporary design reflecting the essense of a traditional fishing village, the resort comprises of 50 villas and residences with private infinity pools and unobstructed sea views. Guests have different choices of one, three and four-bedroom configurations along the beachfront or with ocean view with large seating and dining area. Added amenities include DVD players and a flat-screen TV.

Six Senses Con Dao uses vegetables harvested from their organic garden. Vietnamese By the Market Restaurant serves tempting authentic Vietnamese cuisine, while By the Beach Restaurant offers contemporary international cuisine. Different dining experience can be arranged upon request.

A range of leisure activities are at guests' disposal, including water and beach sports, hiking, and turtle turtle hatchling release experience.

Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa 

Add: Suoi Ot Site, Con Dao District, Con Dao, Vietnam

Nestled within private gardens, Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa offers accommodation in Con Dai. It features and outdoor pool and guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

American Tiger Jail is 11.5 km from Poulo Condor Boutique Resort & Spa, while Con Dao city centre is 12 km from the property. Con Son Airport is 4 km away.

All rooms have air conditioning and are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. Certain rooms include views of the sea or mountain. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Now Con Dao has many eateries serving tourists and selling fresh seafood dishes. You can also save some money by going to Con Dao Night Market to have snails, fish, shrimps, or noodles for around 90,000 VND/ dish (3.94 USD). Some suggestions for the seafood lovers:

Thu Ba Seafood Restaurant

Address: Vo Thi Sau, Con Dao

Phone number:  098 480 15 05

Business hours: 9 AM – 11 PM 

Price range: 60,000 – 300,000 VND (2.3 – 13.5 USD)

Ot Seafood Restaurant

Address: Nguyen Duc Thuan Street, Con Dao

Phone number: 088 817 56 78

Business hours: 8 AM – 10 PM 

Price range: 50,000 – 300,000 VND (2.3 – 13.5 USD)

There are only two ways to approach Con Dao: by boat or by plane.

Travel to Con Dao by boat

It will take you 12 hours to travel by boat from Cat Lo Harbor in Vung Tau to Con Dao. The boat will leave at 5 PM and arrive at 5 AM in the next morning. You don’t have to worry about sitting on the boat for half a day as it is also equipped with beds. They also provide food and beverages on board. However, the canteen will be closed at 12 AM. If you travel to Vung Tau by bike and wish to carry your “baby” with you to Con Dao, you can buy a ticket for your motorbike and bring it on board.

Booking information:

Ticket office: 1007/36, 30/4 Street, Ward 11, Vung Tau city

Hotline: 064 3 838684 (Vung Tau) – 064 3 830619 (Con Dao)

Booking site (in Vietnamese)

Departure – Arrival hour: 5 PM – 5 AM

Price: (can rise during holidays and peak season)

Seat: 400,000 VND (18.1 USD)

Bed: 535,000 VND (24.4 USD)

In the past, boat is the only way to travel to Con Dao. However, Vietnam Airline and Air Mekong now offer a flight to Con Dao from HCMC.

Travel to Con Dao by airplane

It usually takes about 50 minutes to fly from Tan Son Nhat Airport to Con Dao Airport. This route is operated by VASCO collaborating with Vietnam Airlines and there are around four to five flights daily. The prices for a round trip is quite expensive (about 3.5 million VND which is 170 USD). However, you can still take a boat from Vung Tau to Con Dao that departs daily at 5 PM. It arrives the next morning at 6 PM. The round-trip costs about 400,000 VND (20 USD).

Contact us for the latest flight schedule and price. Or you can check via some online platform such as SkyScanner.com or Kayak.com

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