Con Dao Island, Vietnam
Con Dao Island is located in the Con Dao archipelago in southeastern Vietnam, approximately 230 km from Ho Chi Minh City. The group includes sixteen islands with the largest being Con Son Island, famous for its prison built by the French colonial government. The islands have a grim history which can learn about at the museum in the old French Governor's house.
The Con Dao Islands are a protected Marine Nature Reserve and National Park, mostly covered by thick forest. The islands are home to some rare aquatic and wild life species. Visitors can take a view sea turtle nesting grounds from June through to September. Tours can be organised through the National Park Office.
Things to See & Do
* Con Dao National Park headquarters
* Museum in the old French Governor's house
* Tour around the prison structures
* View sea turtle nesting grounds - June - Sept
* Island excursions and hikes
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Ä‘á»“ng (â‚«) (VND)
Language - Vietnamese
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Population - 5,000 approx
Land Area - 75.15 km2
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 84
Port Location - The port at Con Dao is located at the pier on Con Son Island.
Travel Links - The Con Dao island group is served by Co Ong airport. Flights from Ho Chi Minh City take approximately one hour.
There is a hydrofoil service from Vung Tau to Con Dao twice a week.