The Con Dao Islands - is an archipelago consisting of 16 small islands, the largest Con Dao island, 117 km southeast of mainland Vietnam.
In 1862, French colonialists turned the island into a prison, and from 1968 to 1975, the Americans used the prison to imprison Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers. In recent years, the island has developed into a historical museum, which attracts many Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
Con Dao Airport (or Con Son Airport) has an important economic, political and geographical function as it is a gateway from Con Dao to the mainland. Con Dao Airport is located in the northeast of the main island of Con Son, about 14 km from the center of Con Dao Town, in the middle of the valley. Con Dao Airport is one of the most beautiful airports in Vietnam. Depending on your ticket, VASCO / Vietnam Airlines allows 20 kg of free luggage. If you have booked a hotel, they will arrange the airport transfer for you.
If you haven't booked with a hotel and arranged your airport transfer, it's easy to get to the city. There are a number of vans available for all flights from the airport and all hotel buses are happy to take you. They even bring you to your hotel if you have booked one. None of the drivers speak English, this is Vietnam after all, if you have an intended destination please write it down and show it to the driver. Taxis are also available depending on the arrival time. They are generally more expensive than the vans and buses, and there are currently no English speaking drivers. Before you go to a taxi, write down your destination on paper.
Ho Chi Minh City - Con Dao route is operated with an average frequency of 4 to 6 flights per day. It is also an international airport, as there are aircraft from Singapore Airlines, Silkair, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines (VASCO) and Jetstar Pacific Airlines.
Flights in Vietnam to Con Dao are operated by VASCO (Vietnam Airlines). Tickets can be booked at the Vietnam Airlines offices or through most tour operators in Saigon (HCMC). It may be better to book through an official Vietnam Airlines office or through their official website to avoid complications or scams.
If you are having trouble getting tickets, don't give up. Despite this, you will often find ONLY tickets, which are ONLY available from local travel agencies in Vietnam. Vasco's website will say that the flights are fully booked months in advance. However, this is a scam. They refer you to travel agents, who share the commissions with Vasco's booking agents.
A night ferry sails from the port of Vung Tau. The boat is divided into large cabins, each filled with a large number of cages. There is no luggage storage, so keep an eye on your valuables. There is a small noodle stall on the deck that also sells drinks and cigarettes. The boat from Vung Tau only departs on certain days. Tickets can be purchased from the terminal up to an hour in advance. The tour can be tough and the boat is quite small. In the port of Ben Dam, on the main island of Con Son, minivans greet passengers for the ride into town. They drop you off at your hotel.
The ferry to Con Dao