Con Dao | Hell or Heaven ?


Con Dao used to be known as “Hell” to many during the famous Vietnam War. It is home to twenty thousand soldiers who have passed away during the the war. (Google it for more information haha ^-^)

In my opinion, the island seems to be extremely peaceful now πŸ˜€

From the city of Sai Gon, traveling to Con Dao isn’t expensive at all. Travelling by plane would cost around VND 1.5 – 2 million (about $72 – $96). But travelling to Vung Tau and then getting on a ship would get you to the island in around eleven to twelve hours for about VND 310k -360k. *I personally suggest travelling by plane. Many of my friends and family members said that travelling by ship for many hours is extremely tiring.*

The first word that comes to my mind when I get to Con Dao is quiet. This particular airport is very different from the ones I have gone to. Con Dao Airport or Co Ong Airport has very few people and is surrounded by mountains and meadow.


In my opinion, this island is quite ideal for relaxing. Since I come from Sai Gon, the city is fairly busy and the streets are always crowded. Seeing that everything is so different here, I felt more relaxed than ever. The life is peaceful and the scenery is beautiful. I have to say that the time seems to move slow here. There isn’t a bar, a club, or a lounge here; only some coffee shops and restaurants hereΒ (still not so many people =.=”)

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The only lamppost at the island O_o

One of the first places I visited as I got to Con Dao were the prisons. The island has famous prison systems which were built in 1862. The prisons have been for as long as the wars in Vietnam have been happening. Vietnamese soldiers were put in torture chambers and executed in those very prisons. That was the general view of the life of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers after being arrested. (Some of the stories may not be suitable to tell here.) After many years, the prisons are one of the most attractive destinations for tourists.

*At Con Dao, there is a local tour located at Con Dao Museum for travelers visiting the prisons for half a day. In my opinion, it saves a lot of time*

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After visiting the prisons, the best ways to end the day are travelling around the island, enjoying the beautiful landscapes …

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.. swimming and relaxing at the beach, tasting the delicious seafood …

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… or simply visiting Nui Mot pagoda, Phi Yen temple.


Tourists also come to Con Dao for the famous Hang Duong Cemetery. This place is home to about two thousand deceased Vietnamese soldiers and a hero named Ms. Vo Thi Sau (Chα»‹ VΓ΅ Thα»‹ SΓ‘u). People usually come to the cemetery from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to show respect.


Con Dao is now heaven to Vietnam because of the beautiful landscapes and vast beaches. At Con Dao, beauty is truly everywhere.



Khoi Nguyen
Khoi founded The Broad Life to save his memories of places that he has been visited. And he wants to share his memories with everyone to inspire people go exploring the world.