- Coastline Untouched islands; white-sand beaches
- Coastlife Watersports, scenic hikes and cultural capers
Secluded beaches, rare wildlife and untouched natural beauty make this archipelago off the south coast of Vietnam one of the country’s best kept secrets.
Despite its rich historic past and unparalleled landscapes, Con Dao remains one of Vietnam's uncovered corners. Here, lush green mountains meet crystal clear waters, resulting in no shortage of land and sea activities. Trek or cycle your way through the hills for panoramic views, take a fishing trip, kayak tour or island-hop by speedboat, or try a spot of snorkeling to eyeball marine life. If you'd rather commune with humans than amphibians, head to the market to barter with the locals. Holidaying historians can uncover the island's dark history at Phu Hai Prison. These days, the archipelago is better known for wildlife inhabitants than for convicts, and the preservation of the Con Dao National Park means there are opportunities to spot sea turtles or the rare dugong. And if all that touring and tripping sounds exhausting, you can simply sprawl out on the white sands of a deserted beach and watch as the sun sets beyond the waves of this untouched tropical paradise.
Do go/Don’t go
Animal lovers should visit between May and October, when female sea-turtles take to the land to lay their eggs for the coming season. You may want to steer clear of the island between June and September. Late November through to July is the safest bet for calm, dry conditions.
Planes Fly into Ho Chi Minh City Airport (www.hochiminhcityairport.com), and take a 40-minute flight south with the Vietnam Air Services Company to tiny Con Dao airport, on the island of Con Son. From here, it's an easy 15km drive to the hotel, though it is best to pre-arrange your shuttle service with Six Senses Con Dao.