CON DAO, called Poulo Condore by western sailors, was for a long time a little-known and inaccessible destination for foreign tourists. From 1862 to 1975, the archipelago housed a large and brutal prison for opponents of French colonialism and former Saigon regime. Nowadays, Con Dao is becoming known as a paradise for nature tourists, seekers of peace and beauty, as well as for honeymooners. Here you can wander among poignant symbols of the past as well as explore undisturbed forests, white sand beaches, colourful coral reefs, and a vivid underwater world. The atmosphere is peaceful and tranquil, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Being so near the equator, Con Dao has a tropical climate. There are only two seasons in the year: the dry season (December to April during the northeast monsoon) and the rainy season (May to November during the southwest). The average annual rainfall is 2,100 mm (highest in October), and the average temperature is 270C. Trip to Con Dao by plane can be enjoyed all year round, but the best time to travel to Con Dao by boat is from March to July, when the winds are gentle and the seas are fairly calm