Con Dao Island
Coming to Con Dao (or with other names like Con Son, Con Lon) has reminded listeners of a hazy image of a remote, obscure area, sometimes likened to the famous hell on earth since the war. French-Vietnamese war until mid-1975.
Con Dao today is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Vietnam. If Con Dao was known as a scary prison in the past, a place of torture and pain, Con Dao is recently known as a tourist destination of the sea and island that is interested by domestic and foreign tourists. Therefore, many tourists who love the nature of the sea and islands, in addition to Phu Quoc Tour, have another option for expats in the Southern region of Vietnam, which is the Con Dao Tour, which departs daily at Saigon Global Tour.
Con Dao Museum
Phu Hai Prison Camp
French tiger cage for prisoners, & American-style tiger cage for prisoners
Van Son Tu Pagoda (Mot Nui Pagoda)
Temple of Phi Yen, Ngu Hanh Temple, Mieu Cau Temple
Dam Trau Beach
Con Dao Market
English speaking guide
Hotel rooms – 03 stars (Tan Son Nhat Con Dao Resort/Con Son Blue Sea Hotel)
Shuttle bus – pick up, visit throughout the journey
1 buffet breakfast, 3 main meals (meal 180.000VNĐ/serving)
A botle of water/pax/day
Mineral water: 02 bottles / 01 person / 01 day
Speaking English local guide
Water in the hotel, drinking water during meals
Other services on request such as laundry, ironing, telephone…
Sun-hat, sun glasses
Insect repellent cream
Rain-coat in case of raining reason
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee
Children from 1 – 5 years old: Take meals, and sleep with parents – Free of charge
Children from 6 – 12 years old : 50 % of charge
Coming to Con Dao is also coming to the largest island of the archipelago in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province, where in the past Vietnam called Con Son (Con Lon) and the French or British called Poulo Condor. Con Dao today is no longer a notorious prison but an attractive tourist destination. Tourists from all over the world come to Con Dao more and more and the “name” of this island is more and more known.
Morning: Doing check-in procedure and taking flight at the airport.
12h00: Arriving to Co Ong airport, transportation and tour guide will take the visitors to the center of Con Son town, have lunch, and do check-in procedure at hotel.
14h00 – 16h30: Visitors gather at the pick-up location and tour guide will take you to visit the cluster of historical sites:
Con Dao Museum: This is a place to store, display, preserve and introduce historical and cultural artifacts of locals through historical periods.
Chua Dao Palace: Listen to the overall history of Con Dao, past and present. See the original artifacts through exhibitions.
Phu Hai Prison Camp: It is a long-standing prison camp built by the French colonialists, famous for its rice mill, solitary confinement area and Con Lon stone dam, where famous Vietnamese patriotic journalist, Phan Chu Trinh, was once imprisoned.
French-style tiger cage: also known as Phu Tuong Prison Camp, is the focal point of Con Dao prison with a system of solid tiger cages built hidden between buildings like a maze. See the tiger cage and hear descriptions of the physical torture of the prisoners.
American-style tiger cage: It’s also known as Phu Binh Prison Camp with narrow and damp cells, was built in 1971. This place mainly tortures prisoners mentally and is the place where the first news of Saigon’s liberation was received.
18:30: Having dinner.
19h30: The car takes you to the ceremony at: Hang Duong Cemetery – there are nearly 2000 graves resting here. Visit memorials, martyrs’ graves, visit the grave of Ms. Vo Thi Sau, the hero of the people’s armed forces, the first female prisoner on death row in Con Dao.
7:00: Having breakfast.
8:00 – 10:30: Car and tour guide will take you to visit:
Van Son Tu Pagoda ( Nui Mot Pagoda): The only temple that has been rebuilt and inaugurated in early December 2011. With the most beautiful terrain on Con Dao, surrounded by mountains, facing the sea from above, Van Son Tu has really attracted thousands of tourists, visiting pagodas and ceremonies.
Lady Phi Yen’s Temple: (An Son Mieu), the place of worshiping Phi Yen – the concubine of Lord Nguyen Anh associated with the famous folk song “The wind brings the mustard plant to heaven, the laksa leaves will suffer bitter words”.
Con Dao Market: You can buy specialty jam nuts, seafood,… as your souvenirs.
11h00: Having lunch.
12h00: Check-out procedures, transportation takes the tour visitors to the airport. End Tour Con Dao Island.
We visited Ho Chi Minh City. An excellent 1-day tour of the city, with SaigonGlobal Tour, Ms. Ly, who was really knowledgeable, to temples, the Cathedral, old Post Office, Market and War Remnants Museum. We couldn’t have been more impressed, with all our many questions answered during the tour.
Such friendly and knowledgeable people who were able to answer all our questions about the city and the history from the terrible war.
Overall a good tour though we didn’t manage to visit Ben Thanh Market which was closed during the Tet Holidays.