Salsa Spring Trip - Con Dao Island Exploration

When: 
Friday, January 6, 2012 - 08:00 to Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 16:00
Where: 
Con Dao Island
Address: 
Con Dao Island
City: 
Con Dao, Vietnam
Detail info: 

As you see the end of the year is near now... Everybody is going to jubiliantly prepare for the spring vacation and most Salsa classes here are going to finish. Jumping on this chance we are going to organize a trip to Con Dao to explore this not-crowded-with tourist island with many rumors about ghosts.

We are also bringing here a warm wind of latin music, salsa dance to save us from boring cold nights at the hotel.

Below is some detail:

Cost : VND4.800.000/person ($USD230).
Registration before: 15 Nov 2011.
Itinerary and schedule:

DAY 1: HO CHI MINH - CON DAO
08:30 Gather at Tan Son Nhat ariport, check in procedure.
10:15 Arrive Côn Đảo, the bus will pick up us at Cỏ Ống airport.
10:35 Check in
11:30 Have lunch at restaurant
14:30 Relax time at Đầm Trầu beach
17:30 Have dinner at restaurant
21:30 Meeting
23:00 Visit the Grave of Vietnamese heroine Vo Thi Sau

DAY 2: Explore Con Dao Island.
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Visit Ông Đụng forest and Chuồng Cọp prison which was built by French.
11:30 Lunch time.
14:00 Visit Bến Đầm Port, swimming at Bãi Nhát beach, see sunset on top of Tình Yêu (Hòn Bà) mountain
18:00 Dinner – Dancing

DAY 3: CON DAO - HO CHI MINH
08:00 Breakfast, free time, swimming, shopping, there is a lot of special food at the Con Dao market.
11:00 Check out.
12:00 Lunch time.
13:00 On the way to Cỏ Ống airport. Check in procedure.
15:15 Arrive back to Tân Sơn Nhất airport. Saying good bye.

Please contact us for more information:
La Salsa Club, 212 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
Ms. Han | Mobile: +84 (0) 913 771 989 | Email: sinhan@lasalsa.vn
Mr. Tam | Mobile: +84 (0) 122 3121 357 | Email: tam.tran@lasalsa.vn

1 comments

When you visit Con Dao, you can buy many gifts like a typical jam nut, discover small islands or pay a visit to famous historical and religious destinations.

Con Dao is situated about 179km from Vung Tau, 230km from Ho Chi Minh city, 165km from Can Tho. It is the hidden beauty with long white sands, mountains surrounding that makes peace here. Visitors will have a sense of getting out of stress from work as well as exhaustion from their travelling.
Best time to go

You shouldn’t go to Con Dao from October to the end of February next year. During this fluctuating time, cost of living is rather high because ships cannot transport goods to the island.

The sea is the calmest from March to September and rains during this time are quick, which does not affect your travel.

Is it difficult to get to Con Dao?

By road and by ship

Visitors should book car or ship ticket to Vung Tau by phone in 1-3 weeks in advanced and then take it at Cat Lo port. You can travel to Con Dao on 2 ships: Con Dao 9 and 10. The ticket price is from 150,000 to 200,000 VND each person, depending on types of seat. It starts at 17h and arrives in Bến Đầm, Con Dao at 6 am the next day.

By plane

Flights of Vietnam airlines route Ho Chi Minh city– Con Dao cost 1.5 million VND. It maybe cheaper in low tourist season or in promotional program of Airlines. For updated news of cheap airfares, check HERE.

From Ben Dam or airport, you can reach center of the island by motorbike -30,000 VND per person or by taxi. Both destinations are from city center about 12km but in an opposite direction.

Travel in Con Dao.

At Con Son you can go by these transports:

A hired motorbike costs 100,000-150,000 VND per day, depending on motorbike with gear or not.

There are only 2 gas stations on the island so remember to fill it up before leaving. When you reach the place, you should put it in allowed area so as not to worry about its safety.
Visitors, unskilled at riding motorbike, can hire a motorbike taxi driver with the price of 300.000VND per day to go wherever on the island. The driver will be an enthusiastic and cheerful tour guide. Another choice is to hire a bike, which cost 30.000 VND per day.

Place to sleep.

The average price is from 1 millions

Con Dao has many hotels including six sense 5 star and resorts 3 or 4 star such as: Con Dao, Con Dao Sea Travel

There are many small hotels, motels in Ton Duc Thang street, which only cost you 300,000-500,000 VND)

You can stay overnight in which they allow picnic or tent, hammock. However, there is no store on the island, so if you want to stay long, prepare foods.

Famous destinations:

Historical and religious places: Hang Duong cemetery, Con Dao historical monument, Con Dao museum, Phi Yen shrine, grave of Cai Prince, Nui Mot pagoda.

Other attractions: Buffalo Pond beach, Ong Dung forest, Shark cape, Bay Canh island, Tai island, big Tre island, Cau island, Dam Tre gulf, etc.

Local specialties:
Specialty in Con Dao is coral hinds, whose cost is about 800,000 VND /kg. Their meat is white and tough.

You shouldn’t miss a sunny squids, sipunculus nudus, crab moon, cellena, etc. A particular thing is the price is the same between restaurants so you don’t have to choose much.

Beside dried and fresh seafood, eagle nut is the special dish that you shouldn’t omit. Eagle nut fried with salt, sugar or ginger is the best gift you give to your relatives. A box of jam nut eagle is about 45,000-50,000 VND. (source from http://govietnamtour.net/news/tips-guides-c7/frequent-questions-when-vis...)