Five amazing places to experience another culture
Learning about the culture and customs of other people is one of the great experiences of travel. Explore the planet's diversity with one of these locally owned and authentic tribal encounters...
Places in Con Dao Islands
Con Dao National Park
From March to November it’s possible to do a beautiful and leisurely two-hour trek starting from near the airport runway, but you’ll definitely need a local guide to do this (about US$6 for the outing). The walk leads through thick forest and mangroves, and past a hilltop stream to Bamboo Lagoon (Dam Tre). This spot is stunning and there’s good snorkelling in the bay.
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