Con Dao Islands is with out a doubt one of the most spectacular places in Vietnam. It is however still very isolated and left alone in terms of tourism, particularly because of the dark history this island represents for the local Vietnamese. Con Dao Island used to host a prison for political prisoners during the French and American rule.
Access to these remote islands has also been very difficult in the past with airfare from Saigon being quite expensive. Today things are starting to change with the introduction of the Super Doong Ferry, connecting Tran De Port to Con Dao. Tran De lies in the heart of the Mekong Delta around 5 hours from Saigon. The ferry to Con Dao takes only 2 and half hours.
With the introduction to the ferry the possibilities for travel in this region has changed dramatically. Now a loop can be done combining the Mekong Delta with these beautiful islands. An ideal itinerary would be to start the day from Saigon driving through Mekong Delta, stopping where needed and finding some accommodation near Tran De port. The following morning you hop on the ferry and make your way to the Con Dao Islands. There are not many more ideal ways to experience southern Vietnam then this.
SuperDong Ferry Details
The SuperDong ferry is the only operational ferry going to the Con Dao Islands. Super Dong has offices in the Tran De port which the ferry departs from, on the Con Dao Islands as well and an office in Saigon. There is at least one sailing in each direction each day, on Saturday’s and Sunday’s it is increased to two a day.
- TRAN DE→CON DAO: 8.00am (daily) | 1.00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun, or days when demand is high)
- CON DAO→TRAN DE: 1.00pm (daily) | 8.00am (Fri, Sat, Sun, or days when demand is high)
The SuperDong ferry does take motorbikes and scooters on the ferry but does not accommodate cars at the moment. Tickets can be booked here for the ferry.
Adult: 310,000 VND one way
Child 6-11 years old: 260,000 VND one way
Motorbike: 180,000 VND
SuperDong Ferry takes roughly 300 passengers and has comfortable leather seats for each passengers. There is even wifi on the boat along with a shop to buy snacks/food and even beer. Great viewing decks on the top of the platform are available to take in the absolutely stunning scenerary on the way to the islands.
Besides the fact that the Can Dao Island’s are absolutely stunning, the newly improved ferry makes the trip there almost equally as spectacular. The ferry is still mainly used by local Vietnamese, you will find few foreign faces here.
Tran De Port
The port city of Tran De is a small but gorgeous fishing village way off the beaten path in the Mekong Delta that would not be explored if it werent for the new ferry. Combining the drive through the Mekong Delta with a quick visit to the islands wil make for a perfect combination of Vietnamese countryside with luxurious island getaway.