Top ChoiceVietnamese in Con Son

Gia Minh

Outstanding new place on the outskirts of town run by an accomplished chef. Specialises in handmade noodles, which are available in many delicious guises, with most dishes just 50,000d or so. There are ample...

Top ChoiceBeach in Con Dao Islands

Bai Dram Trau

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Con Son

Villa Maison Con Dao Restaurant

A supremely relaxing and elegant setting for a meal, this fine hotel restaurant features Asian dishes including mixed Con Dao seafood salad (320,000d) and claypots (190,000d). There's a comprehensive wine list,...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Con Son

La Casa Con Dao

Perhaps surprisingly, Con Son town has one of the best bars in southern Vietnam, featuring perfectly mixed classic cocktails and expertly prepared homespun creations, too. The ambience is relaxed and loungy, with...

Top ChoiceIsland in Con Dao Islands

Bay Canh

Perhaps the best all-round island to visit is Bay Canh, to the east of Con Son Island, which has lovely beaches, old-growth forest, mangroves, coral reefs and sea turtles (seasonal). There is a fantastic two-hour...

Historic Building in Con Son

Tiger Cages

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 the 1960s and 1970s. There are 120 chambers with ceiling...

Historic Building in Con Son

Phu Hai Prison

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 detention building. During the French era, all prisoners...

Cemetery in Con Son

Hang Duong Cemetery

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 edge of town. Sadly, only 700 of these graves bear the name...

Beach in Con Dao Islands

Bai Dat Doc

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...

Museum in Con Son

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 island's history, including the French colonial era and of...

Buddhist Pagoda in Con Son

Van Son Temple

This large hilltop temple complex, 1km southwest of the town centre, enjoys fine views over Con Son town and islands offshore to an ocean-filled horizon. A steep staircase (of more than 100 steps) leads up to the...

Cafe in Con Son

Bar200 Con Dao

This popular cafe is great for coffee (including espresso and cappuccino) or smoothies, plus Western comfort grub, including filling breakfasts, burgers, pizza and sandwiches. After dark the beers and cocktails...

Cafe in Con Son

Cafe Le Condor

Hip cafe featuring lots of concrete and wood with well-selected music playlists of acoustic and indie Vietnamese artists. Serves the best speciality coffee on the island, including cold brews as well as teas,...

Seafood in Con Son

Thu Ba

Thu Ba is renowned for seafood (consult what's on offer from the tanks by the entrance) and hotpots. The gregarious owner speaks great English and is happy to make suggestions based on what's seasonal and fresh.

Historic Building in Con Son

Phu Binh Camp

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 infernally hot. The original structures remain in situ, but...

Museum in Con Son

Revolutionary Museum

Located in the former French commandant's residence, this museum has exhibits on Vietnamese resistance against the French, communist opposition to the Republic of Vietnam and the treatment of political prisoners....

Cafe in Con Son

Infiniti Cafe & Lounge

This hip cafe-bar has an arty vibe with its reclaimed furnishings and quirky decor and boasts a lovely pavement terrace. However, the menu is a little meh, consisting of overpriced sandwiches, mediocre Western...

Historic Building in Con Son

Cow Shed

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 swine. Later it became known as the cow shed. It's on the...

Beach in Con Dao Islands

Bai Loi Voi

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 swimming is not possible, but you can walk for miles across...

Vietnamese in Con Son

Tri Ky

Popular for its fresh seafood, particularly grilled squid, grouper and crab. The huge covered terrace with plastic chairs and striplights feels a bit souless, however.