Con Dao or Con Son, Con Lon Island is an archipelago of 16 islands, located in southern Vietnam, 230km from Ho Chi Minh City.
Con Son is the main island of the group, home to the largest city called the archipelago, Con Dao. The only airport of the archipelago – Cỏ Ống is located in this city.
To get there, one can fly from Ho Chi Minh City or take speed boat from Soc Trang, a province of the Mekong Delta.
1. How to get to Con Dao from Ho Chi Minh City
The best way to get to Con Dao from Ho Chi Minh City is traveling by plane.
Vietnam Airlines is the only airline serving the line between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao Island. There are 3 departures per day and this flight takes 1 hour.
Flights from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao schedule
You can get Ho Chi Minh Con Dao airline tickets online here.
2. How to get to Con Dao from Soc Trang
From Soc Trang, one can get to Con Dao by high-speed boat.
Since August 2017, speed boats between Soc Trang and Con Dao Island have been put into service.
That is, after your trip to the Mekong Delta, you can go to Soc Trang City and take the high-speed boat to Con Dao Island.
Soc Trang is a province in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. To get to Con Dao Island by boat, we can do as follows:
- Bus Futa Ho Chi Minh City – Soc Trang, departure at 00:30 is recommended. See Futas bus schedules here.
- If you leave at 00:30, you arrive at the town of Soc Trang around 5am. At 6:20 am a minibus from the Superdong boat company takes customers from the town of Soc Trang to the Tran De pier. This minibus must be booked in advance as space is limited. The ticket is 40,000vnd for the distance of 30km. If not, a taxi ride costs 350,000 – 450,000vnd.
- Take the Superdong speed boat that departs at 8:00 am and arrives at the Ben Dam pier of Con Dao Island after 2.5 hours. Buy tickets online here.
- Minibus from the Superdong speed boat company from the pier to downtown of Con Dao: 40,000vnd for the distance of 12km and you must book minibus tickets in advance. If not, a taxi ride costs between 120,000 and 150,000vnd.
Superdong boats are clean and comfortable.