Pristine beaches with cool blue water and specially smooth sand and fresh air of mild weather year-round surely make tourists feel as if they were in paradise. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s family chose Con Dao as their vacation destination when they came to Vietnam. In 2011, travel magazine Lonely Planet voted Con Dao to be one of the 10 sexiest wild islands on earth.
Con Dao is the name of the offshore archipelago of Ba Ria - Vung Tau province in Southeastern of Vietnam, including the main island of Con Son and 15 other small islands with total area of 76km2, is one of 21 national tourism sites of Vietnam.
Large island of Con Son ( also known as Con Dao) with an area of 52km2 is only inhabitant with 6000 residents. 15 others small islands are uninhabited. Con Dao is the world of primitive forest and marine biodiversity conservation, home to the bird species, manatees, turtles, dolphins and exotic coral reefs.
Sapphire blue sea water and fine white sand often make visitors not believe in their eyes. Tourists would enjoy nice beaches, great swimming and snorkeling opportunities and a very relaxed, colonial feel to them. Con Dao has the best diving in Vietnam. You can dive most times of the year as there are 16 islands to choose from and you can get good visibility pretty much most of the year.
Con Dao is 97 knots from Vung Tau which takes about 12 hours to go by sea and 45 minutes by flight from Ho Chi Minh city. Con Dao is not only for scientists with research purposes but also a haven of relaxation and nature explore .
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For now at least, Con Dao is a paradise off the beaten track with beautiful beaches and hidden lagoons.
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