Of course much of what to see and do here is underwater, it is after all one of the finest dive centres around. Experiences though are not limited to diving, there is much to see on the land as well. The hiking trails are exceptional and getting the chance to witness turtles laying their eggs is something really special.

What to See in Con Dao

Phu Hai Prison

Phu Hai Prison

The primary prison in the area, this monument to the torturous occupation of the French comes with chilling exhibits and a ghastly look into the treatment of Vietnamese prisoners. In a few of the chambers, mannequins are set up in the positions that locals were actually held in, giving a disturbing visual reference point to what may otherwise seem distant. ...

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Dam Trau Beach

Dam Trau Beach

The best set up beach for a day visit, Dam Trau Beach is located down a smaller side road near the airport. When you hit the sand, rows of drink vendors and hammocks vie for your attention, offering you refreshment and relaxation should you be so inclined. The beach itself is surrounded by pockets of tropical jungle and a prominent ...

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Con Dao National Park

Con Dao National Park

As nature is one of the major drawing points to Con Dao, the National Park is naturally the most visited outlet into the outdoors. Unfortunately, the park is generally mismanaged and many of the tours, particularly the Turtle Hike, operate against the best interests of the animals. Still, there are a number of pleasant hikes and lookout points to justify ...

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Phu Hai Prison

Phu Hai Prison

The primary prison in the area, this monument to the torturous occupation of the French comes with chilling exhibits and a ghastly look into the treatment of Vietnamese prisoners. In a few of the chambers, mannequins are set up in the positions that locals were actually held in, giving a disturbing visual reference point to what may otherwise seem distant. ...

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Phu An Camp

Phu An Camp

During its run from 1968-1973, Phu An Camp, formerly known as Camp 6 before the Paris agreement, had a disturbing history of war, patriotism and violence. Relatively small, with only two rows of ten chambers and four cells, it is said to have one of the most brutal histories.

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Revolutionary Museum

Revolutionary Museum

A necessary stop for any visitors headed out to the numerous prisons nearby, the Revolutionary Museum is the place to buy your admission tickets as well as a valuable source of background information. In addition to the chilling stories of imperialist conquest and local resistance, a row of photographs allows you to match images to the heroic names.

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Phu Binh Camp

Phu Binh Camp

Most famously known as the American-style tiger prison, this camp was originally called Camp 7 before the Paris agreement. Equipped with 9,630 detaining chambers and 504 tiger cages, Phu Binh is full of spine-chilling history.

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Phu Son Camp

Phu Son Camp

Directly next to Phu Hai Prison, Phu Son Camp has a similar structure, but it has more individual rooms as opposed to the greater prison halls featured at the former. Inside the infamous tiger cages, prisoners were shackled and tortured by guards from above, poking through grates with long bamboo sticks and throwing chemicals and other irritants down below. It ...

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Hang Duong Graveyard

Hang Duong Graveyard

To pay tribute to the famed martyrs of Vietnam’s violent past, visit Hang Duong Graveyard and see, among others, the looming shrine to Vo Thi Sau where incense constantly burns. Reading the names on the graves is like a guide to the prominent street names in Vietnam, a venerable who’s who of national heroes.

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Con Dao National Park

Con Dao National Park

As nature is one of the major drawing points to Con Dao, the National Park is naturally the most visited outlet into the outdoors. Unfortunately, the park is generally mismanaged and many of the tours, particularly the Turtle Hike, operate against the best interests of the animals. Still, there are a number of pleasant hikes and lookout points to justify ...

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Dam Trau Beach

Dam Trau Beach

The best set up beach for a day visit, Dam Trau Beach is located down a smaller side road near the airport. When you hit the sand, rows of drink vendors and hammocks vie for your attention, offering you refreshment and relaxation should you be so inclined. The beach itself is surrounded by pockets of tropical jungle and a prominent ...

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Con Dao Market

Con Dao Market

The only real place to buy goods in town, the Con Dao Market and its surrounding shops feature the typical selection of fresh produce, food stalls offering local specialities, small garments, toiletries and other necessities. Unlike markets in bigger population hubs, this is not a site for browsing, instead a place to stop by for a few essentials.

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Van Son Pagoda

Van Son Pagoda

Founded in 1964 by Ho Chi Minh Buddhists from Vinh Nghiem pagoda, the pagoda was meant to meet the spiritual needs of the living local population as well as those who have passed away. Surrounded by green forests and mountains, Van Son is scenic and peaceful.

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