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Con Dao Island Itinerary

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Con Dao Island is often referred to as a historical legacy illustrating the painful past of the nation with horrible jails, evidence of the brutality of French colonialists, American imperialists and southern puppet government. Today, Con Dao Island is also known as an ideal tourist destination by pristine, beautiful natural landscapes, and beaches with smooth white sand and blue water.

According to data from the Con Dao Tourism Bureau, Con Dao Island welcomed 100,000 tourists in the first six months of 2017, an increase of nearly 30 per cent over the same period of 2016. In addition to sightseeing and exploring history, tourists can experience the atmosphere on beautiful beaches.

At present, Con Dao has about 20 national historical monuments, including eight prisons and slave labour camps. During the French colonial period, the island had 18 labour camps and only two facilities have not been ruined, namely Lo Voi and Muoi, and a separate camp - Chuong Bo.

Mother Nature endows a picturesque landscape with fine white sand, pure blue water and colourful coral reefs on Con Dao. With 16 small islands, Con Dao has a total area of about 76 square kilometres. Con Son is the largest island with an area of over 51 square kilometres. This is one of the only two islands with natural fresh water here. Hon Cau, about 8 km north of the biggest island, also has fresh water. Covering about 1.8 square kilometres, it has been inhabited for a long time.

At present, many tour operators have Con Dao tours, including Con Dao Sun Tourism Company, Vietsense, Vietravel, Mytour and Viet Travel. Based on the natural tourism strength of Con Dao and demand, Con Dao tourism has three main routes and tourists can explore the islands in three days.

The first route is the discovery of historical sites created 113 years ago and administered by feudal rulers, French colonialists, American - Saigonese administration. On this route, travellers will visit Wharf 914. This is an unforgettable historical legacy where many Vietnamese people lost their lives. It was built in 1873 with an initial length of about 107 metres connecting Dinh Chua Island to Con Son Bay. Over many repairs and expansions, the pier is now more than 300 metres long and nearly 5 metres wide. It was named 914 because a prisoner counted approximately 914 people died of rockslide, exhaustion and torture in the process of construction.

The second place on this route is the Lord Palace where French rulers executed brutal, tyrannical and ruthless policies which lasted until the fall of Saigon. 
During 113 years, the Palace was the residence and work place of 53 Vietnamese island lords. The 18,600-square metre French-styled mansion exhibits valuable evidences to cruel crimes of colonialists and imperialists and also the library of Con Dao in that difficult time. Besides, the island has two most notorious gaols, Phu Hai and Phu Binh with two tiger-cage cell camps built by the Americans and Frenchmen. Chuong Bo Solitary Confinement is also a proof to their heartless crimes.

The second route is the journey to Nam Dao. In spite of having not many historical legacies, this route features scenic natural and environmental landscapes. Here, tourists will explore how Con Dao islanders live on fishing. Popular destinations on this route include Van Son Pagoda on Mot Mountain, Mui Ca Map, Bai Da Trang, Dinh Tinh Yeu and Bai Nhat.

The last route is Dam Trau Beach. This intact beach is near the airport. Tourists will have the chance to enjoy leisure time, bathe in the blue sea and lie on white sand far from noisy, bustling daily life.

Apart from historical tours, travel companies also open many ecological tours, water-sports tours, forest discovery tours, coral discovery, diving and discovery of rare Green Turtles.

Giang Tu

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