From "the hell on earth", Con Dao has now become a famous "tourist paradise" for local and foreign tourists. From beautiful natural, historic revolution sites, interesting ancient legends to happy and friendly people ... all created a peaceful Con Dao in the heart of tourists.Con Dao island outpost district in the southeast of the country, about 180km from Vung Tau City. Thanks to the values of culture, history, and natural beauty spots, Con Dao is increasingly widely known and is one of the famous, mysterious and attractive destinations on the planet.
The words "Con Dao" make each of Vietnamese people think of the political prison with cruel tortures of a period in the "hell on earth". Also, this is the pride of profound patriotism of thousands of revolutionaries with belief on winning the war against invaders. Ahead of the trauma, the hero and sacred land of Con Dao is now a favorite destination for local and foreign tourists.
Someone has said that if want to feel the peace, let’s go to Con Dao island. Indeed, one of the first things visitors will feel when arriving in Con Dao is the tranquility, fresh and spaciousness of life here. No noise and bustling as the town, space of life in Con beat goes on calmly, carefree, suitable for relaxation trips or nature discovery.
Con Dao owns many natural beaches with colorful coral reefs, gentle smooth sandy beaches, blue waters which is as clear as crystal reflected by the ancient trees and native forests protected quite well. Con Dao is characterized by lush hundreds years old country-almond trees which are recognized as "heritage trees" throughout the quiet corners of the island. On the map, Con Dao is like the bear emerging itself to the South China Sea.
The most beautiful, famous wild beach where is suitable for outdoor sports activities such as swimming, diving to explore life under the mighty ocean is Dam Trau beach. In addition, the hospitable fishermen can give you a lift visiting landscapes of 16 large, small and majestic islands as well as sites show you the best places for diving in Vietnam on Con Dao.
To feel better the beauty of a peaceful Con Dao, you should take a walk or go cycling around the coast or ride the motor slowly along the roads on the small island, watch the charming natural picture, enjoy the sunset gradually covering the island district and immerge in the daily life of the locals.
At night, you can wander on Tran Huy Lieu street, enter a grilled seafood stall, sip the sweet taste of the sea in each fish, crab, squid, snail ... and enjoy the cool ocean breeze and see the whispering sea at night. Another option for visitors is squid fishing at night in Tau Be Cape, or watch turtles laying their eggs on Hon Bay Canh ...
Perhaps, living in a peaceful place, the islanders are friendly, gentle. The warm, close in the way of living, their daily behavior of people on Con Dao make visitors not have the sense of guests – hosts, but feel as comfortable and peaceful as at their own home.
The period from March to the end of September is the time when the sea is calm, the time of the rainy season, but the rains in Con Dao lasts no longer than one hour, there is still sunshine in other times of the day. This time is suitable for sea tours, snorkeling and exploring the desert island.
Tourists come to Con Dao with many moods, but when leaving the island, they all share a nostalgia for both heroic, sacred and peaceful land, which make visitors feel comfortable and forget the mournful memories of a land which was once the “hell on earth”.