The readers of the American vacation magazine Travel + Leisure ranked the island of Con Dao, which is located off the coast of the southern region, among the top 10 islands in Southeast Asia.
The Ba Ria–Vung Tau province is home to an archipelago that goes by a few different names: the Con Dao Archipelago, Con Lon Archipelago, and Con Son Archipelago. From Ho Chi Minh City, it is approximately a one-hour flight to get there. The island, which has the unfortunate reputation of being “hell on earth,” is a witness to Vietnam’s history dating back to the colonial era and the deaths of many heroes. Those who are interested in learning about Vietnamese history, appreciating unspoiled natural beauty, and getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life will find Con Dao to be a great destination today. Long and white sand beaches can be found on Con Dao, as well as a stunning underwater environment with vibrant coral reefs and primary rain forests teeming with a diverse array of flora and wildlife.
For this year’s Asia Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asked its readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe to choose the best islands in the region based on activities, sights, natural attractions, beaches, food, and friendliness. The survey was conducted to determine the winners of this year’s Asia Best Awards.
The Con Dao Archipelago, which is located approximately 230 kilometers (143 miles) to the southeast of HCMC, was historically well-known for the enormous jail that was first constructed by the French and then utilized by the Americans during the Vietnam War.
Today, Con Dao is a destination of note on the tourism map of the world because to its sugar-white sand beaches and azure waters that are remarkably pure.
The island of Koh Samui in Thailand and the island of Bali in Indonesia tied for second place as the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, after Phuket.