Located off the southern coast of Vietnam, the remote and utterly beautiful Con Dao Islands are truly one of the star attractions in Vietnam. This isolated archipelago comprises sixteen islands - all rugged, rocky, and mountainous, covered in dense forest and ringed by coral reef. The best places to stay in the Con Dao islands offer barefoot luxury retreats in a glorious location.
Con Son, the largest in this chain of islands, was once knows as the Devil’s Island of Indochina. From 1862 it was used as a prison by French colonialists, then in 1955 it transferred to the American-backed South Vietnamese government. Evidence remains - the infamous “tiger cages” for example - and several prisons still stand.
A free visit to the Con Dao Museum is recommended, though for those wishing to opt-out of this grizzly excursion can otherwise occupy themselves with hiking, diving, and exploring, as well as some excellent wild-life watching opportunities. Lucky visitors will catch the sea-turtle nesting season (roughly June to September).
The best places to stay in the Con Dao Islands are popular destinations in their own right, so do yourself a favour and book early.
Con Son Island, Con Dao Islands
Super luxurious island hideaway, perched on the edge of a National Park. Each elegant eco villa faces onto a private pool area. One of the trendy restaurants, By The Market, is set up as market stalls serving organic street food. Unique and totally lovely. Boasting a five star spa.