Bai Dram Trau

Top choice in Con Dao Islands

Reached via a dirt track 1km before the airport on Con Son Island, Bai Dram Trau is a sublime, remote 700m half-moon crescent of soft sand, fringed by casuarina trees and bookended by forest-topped rocky promontories. It's best visited at low tide. There's snorkelling on reefs offshore and some very simple seafood shacks (all open noon till dusk only).

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1. Phu Binh Camp

2.46 MILES

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2. Hang Duong Cemetery

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3. Bai Dat Doc


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4. Ma Thien Lanh Bridge

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The ruins of this bridge, built by prisoners under the French occupation, lie in the hills 1km northwest of Con Son town.

5. Tiger Cages

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6. Bai Loi Voi

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7. Bao Tang Con Dao Museum

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8. Cow Shed

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