Con Dao Islands Tour
Renowned as historical monuments associated with tragic past of the nation, when it comes to travel to Con Dao, many people still think of the dreadful prison. However in recent years, the island tourism is a new trend. People have discovered the rawness and the wonders of the beautiful island of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Blue sea, white sand and fresh air make Con Dao islands tour become an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Transportations of Con Dao Islands Tour
Aircraft: Currently, there are two flights airlines serving passengers to travel to Con Dao: Vietnam Airlines and Air Mekong. One-way ticket is from VND 1 to 1.5 million. Co Ong Airport is about 12 km far from Con Dao Island’s center. You can hire a taxi or register shuttle service of the hotel in advance to go to the island center.
Boat: In Vung Tau, there are daily tourist boats to Con Dao. Boat Fare is from VND 200 to 300 thousand, but moving time is quite long, about 11 to 12 hour each time. Therefore, you should consider whether you have seasickness or weak health. From Saigon to Vung Tau, you may choose to take a bus or hydrofoil boat. The fare of bus is from VND 100 to 120 thousand while the fare of hydrofoil boat is about VND 200.000 to VND 250.000. If you choose to travel by hydrofoil boat, you should buy tickets of large ships to reduce fatigue.
In Con Dao: the advantage of traveling Con Dao is cool air, wide roads, and romantic nature. Thus, it is very appropriate to enjoy Con Dao by motorcycle. You may rent a motorbike at the hotel or some motorbike renting stores. The renting price is from VND 100,000 to VND 150,000 per motorbike per day.
Monuments, beaches, tourist attractions of Con Dao Islands tour
Con Dao sea water is clear and windy. Beaches are surrounded by the green trees. Some of beautiful beaches in Con Dao you should visit as:
Dam Trau Beach: This place is near Co Ong airport. With smooth white sand and terrain of the mountains forming an arc around the sea, Dam Trau beach always has light waves and is a quiet beach. This is considered the most beautiful beach of this tourist island.
Lo Voi Beach: This is located along Ton Duc Thang street. This place is suitable for families or crowded groups.
An Hai Beach: This is only 10-minute walk away from center. This beach is surrounded by mountains so the beach always has smooth wave and blue water.
Dat Doc Beach: a series of deep gorges to the coastline created beautiful small and quiet beach.
Watch the sun: Traveling Con Dao will give you the opportunity to watch the most amazing sunrise and sunset. Waking up early in the morning, it is wonderful time to catch the sunrise at Ca Map cape or Bay Canh Island. The clouds in the sky together with the sunny rays create a spectacle display of light. In the afternoon, you can stroll through Nhat Beach to watch the sunset slowly disappearing through Love Peak.
Ong Dung Primeval Forest: From Con Dao, you can go west to experience 20 – minute trekking trip, and cross Ong Dung primeval forest. There are the green tropical trees, pristine beautiful beaches leading to the end of the forest.
Bay Canh Island: the Bay Canh Island is the second largest island of the 16 islands of the Con Dao archipelago. The whole island is covered by primeval tropical forest. Here, in addition to sightseeing, you can register the coral reef scuba diving.
Hon Tre is also appealing attractions of Con Dao Islands tourism. If you want to see the coral, Hon Tre Lon is the most ideal place. Here, there are beautiful and abundant species of coral.
Dam Tre Bay: This place has the natural scenery, airtight space and surrounded mangroves. Here, visitors can tour the mangroves, take the coral reef scuba diving, watch Salanganes making nest in the breeding season and many other marine species. During your tour, you can comfortably see the sights of Con Son bay, Lo Voi cape, Dat Doc Beach, Chim Chim cape, Northeast bay and so on.
During the Con Dao Islands tour, visitors cannot ignore the fascinating history of this land through the historical sites:
Con Dao Museum: Formerly, this is the place where the kings of island live and work. Come to the museum, you have the opportunity to learn the history of Con Dao through exhibits, artifacts, photographs and documents from the French colonial period to the present.
Phu Son, Phu Hai Prison in Con Dao: This is the place where kept Communism in prison during the French colonialists and the American imperialists.
Chuong Cop Relics: Understanding life, place of living of prisoners and the different ways of brutal torture of the French colonialists and the American imperialists. This is also the place where held Ms. Vo Thi Sau in captivity.
Hang Duong cemetery: This is the place where the graves of more than 2,000 martyrs and grave of Ms.Vo Thi Sau should not to be missed. Coming here, in addition to incense, you should prepare offering. If bring fresh flowers is better, you had better bring white flowers.
SPIRITUAL TOURIST SITES:
Phi Yen’s shrine is also known as An Son Temple. Lady Phi Yen was the wife of King Nguyen Anh, the mother of Prince Cai. When bad people take advantage of, Phi Yen she committed suicide because of the frustrations when she was just 25 years old. You should also visit the shrine and tomb of Prince Cai which is near Co Ong Airport.
Nui Mot Pagoda is located in central of district and is considered as most beautiful feng shui pagoda in Vietnam. The pagoda is inaugurated in 2011. It is located in the mountains with extremely beautiful view of the sea – mountain – city – An Hai lotus pond.