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CON DAO ISLANDS FACTS

July 26, 2011
Con Dao Islands, vietnam

Con Dao Islands, Vietnam, Grandeurjourneys

CON DAO ISLANDS  FAST FACTS
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Considered the nation’s most pristine Island ecosystem with dense tropical forests, luminous green paddies, prominent mountain peaks and deep valleys. For travellers, Con Dao islands is the place for hideaway, slow life and startling beaches.

Situated in the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, it is 230 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh city and 180 kilometers off the south east coast of Vietnam, Con Dao covers 75.15 km² with its 6,000 population.

It makes the 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City six days a week to Con Dao.

Con Dao is famous for a brutal prison, which over the years incarcerated over 22,000 people opposed to French colonialism and the Saigon regime. One third of the current 6,000 population are Vietnamese soldiers based in barracks dotted around the island.

Con Son, the largest of this chain of 16 islands and islets (with a total land area of 20 sq km), is famed for its sandy beaches, coral reefs and scenic bays, and remains partially covered in thick forests. In addition to hiking, diving and exploring empty coastal roads and deserted beaches, there are some excellent wildlife close up chances.
For many people, Con Son is also known as  Iles Poulo Condore (Pulau Kun-dur), which means ‘Island of the Squashes’.  Personally, almost people are impressed by the town’s gaint almond tree lines, clean and quiet narrow roads and friendly people.

The island was awarded protected status in 1984 and made a national park in 1993. The total protected area of the park is 20,000 hectares including 14,000 hectares of sea and 6,000 hectares of forests. Thanks to perfect oceanic conditions, Con Dap is home to various rare and enchanting species, including the dugong, sea turtle and the dolphin. In addition, the islands have large and diverse coral reefs, and rare varieties of orchids found nowhere else in Vietnam.

In details, more than 1,000 plant species have been recorded, while the surrounding waters of the south east ocean hold the nation’s richest sea life, including 270 different coral species, giant clams, green and hawksbill sea turtles, and even dugong, a endangered relative of the manatee. Between late 1996 and early 1997, officials at the park counted 10 dugong in the sea surrounding the island. So far, over 1,300 species of sea animals have been identified here.

Con Dao, place for hideaway, slow life and startling beaches. There is a big question about tour in Con Dao, why many Vietnamese ranking officers came to the central cemetery in the middle of the night with flowers, incense and joss papers.

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