Bai Dat Doc

Con Dao Islands

This simply beautiful cove consists of a kilometre-long crescent of pale sand, fringed by wooded hills. The beach's profile is gently shelving and there's no pollution, so it's ideal for swimming. It's backed by the luxury bungalows of the Six Senses hotel. Though it's not a private beach, access is quite tricky; you can scramble down at points around the edge of the hotel grounds.

Very rarely dugongs have been seen frolicking in the water off the nearby cape.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Con Dao Islands attractions

1. Phu Binh Camp

0.73 MILES

On the northeastern edge of town, this prison was built in 1971 by the Americans, and had 384 chambers. The cells had corrugated-iron roofs, and were…

2. Bai Loi Voi

0.96 MILES

On the north side of Con Son Town, Bai Loi Voi is a broad sand-and-shingle beach with lots of seashells and shade-providing coastal trees. At low tide…

3. Hang Duong Cemetery

1.02 MILES

Some 20,000 Vietnamese prisoners died on Con Son and 1994 of their graves can be seen at the peaceful Hang Duong Cemetery, located at the northeastern…

4. Tiger Cages

1.13 MILES

The notorious cells dubbed 'tiger cages' were built in 1940 by the French to incarcerate nearly 2000 political prisoners; the USA continued using them in…

5. Bao Tang Con Dao Museum


This impressive museum has more than 2000 exhibits, including many rare documents, dioramas and excellent photographs, which comprehensively record the…

6. Phu Hai Prison

1.52 MILES

The largest of the 11 jails on the island, this prison dates from 1862. Thousands of prisoners were held here, with up to 200 prisoners crammed into each…

7. Cow Shed

1.56 MILES

Built by the French in 1930, this crumbling complex was initially known as the 'pigsty' as prisoners were kept in farmyard-style quarters and fed like…

8. Museum Vo Thi Sau

1.64 MILES

Small museum dedicated to the life of teenager martyr and national heroine Vo Thi Sau.