Con Dao Named One of 16 Best Island Vacations in The World

Con Dao, a historical and famous island situating in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau, has been named among the top 16 best island vacations in the world, as compiled by tourism magazine Condé Nast Traveler (CNTraveler) of the United States.

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Con Dao is named in the list of among 16 best island vacations in the world (Photo: chinhphu.vn)
Con Dao is named in the list of among 16 best island vacations in the world (Photo: chinhphu.vn)

According to the publication, in its location off the nation’s southern coast, Con Dao is a small island with very little commercial development.

“With this, the beaches are quiet and the few resort options allow for a special retreat,” says Condé Nast Traveler.

The article noted that the beaches are typically long with soft sand, making them perfect for light water sports like SUP and kayaking.

Condé Nast Traveler stated that the downtown area boasts a quaint seaside atmosphere with small restaurants, whilst there are also plenty of historical connections for visitors to explore.

According to the magazine, a visit in August can allow holiday goers to have the chance to watch turtles hatch.

“Stay through the morning when the turtle sanctuary supports the release of the hatchlings and watch them find their way to the big blue sea,” it suggested.

From those visitors interested in history, they are recommended to pay a visit to Con Dao Prison, a site built during the French colonial era and used through the Vietnam-American War.

Con Dao is an archipelago made up of 16 separate islands, with each one serving as a beautiful destination for visitors to enjoy. (Photo: Six Senses)

Con Dao Named One of 16 Best Island Vacations in The World
Impressive Con Dao. Photo by Thuy Hang
Impressive Con Dao. Photo by Thuy Hang
Very quiet costal roads. Photo by Thuy Hang
Very quiet costal roads. Photo by Thuy Hang
A statue in Hang Duong Cemetery, remembering the tortured lives of Con Dao's prisoners. Photo by Thuy Hang.
A statue in Hang Duong Cemetery, remembering the tortured lives of Con Dao’s prisoners. Photo by Thuy Hang.

Rounding off the list of the top 16 best island vacations in the world are Big Island of Hawaii, Mallorca of Spain, Koh Samui of Thailand, Vancouver Island of Canada, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India, the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador, and Vega Island of Norway.

Tarah Nguyen