Photo: Con Dao beach scenes.


Con Dao (Con Son Island)

Accommodation on Con Dao is limited to three types. Backpackers will be most interested in local hotels/guesthouses – little or no English is spoken and keep in mind that everything is more expensive on the island than on the mainland. Expect to pay 300,000 dong for a decent budget guesthouse. Except for during Vietnam summer holiday season (June to August), you can easily show up without a booking and hunt around; the town is very small. Try the cluster of affordable hotels at the western end of Ton Duc Thang or Nguyen An Ninh streets.

There’s a slew of mediocre generic resorts owned by the big travel agencies (Saigon Tourist, ATC, Con Dao Resort) servicing their package tours – aside from a swimming pool and ocean views, there’s nothing noteworthy and we haven’t reviewed them – you can easily find them.

Lastly, the only accommodation located outside of town is the ultra-luxurious, ultra-exclusive Six Senses Resort. If you have to ask “How much?” it’s probably out of your budget.

Red Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
17 Nguyen An Ninh St, Con Dao
T: (064) 3630 079

Con Son Island offers plenty of local budget hotels but Red Hotel is the best, offering tidy and clean rooms with fresh linens, daily housekeeping and warm smiles every time you pass through the lobby. While the mattress is typical Southeast Asia (very firm), the other creature comforts make up for it: large fridge, kettle, air-con, fan, WiFi, TV (no English channels), hairdryer, bedside... Read our full review of Red Hotel.

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Anh Dao Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
22 Tran Phu St, Con Dao
T: (064) 363 0170

Look past the underwhelming lobby and you’ll find the rooms at solidly built Anh Dao are great, bright and modern. The clean tiled wetroom-style bathroom is absolutely enormous, with a high window to let in extra light. The electric heated shower is so far away from the door that you wouldn’t need to step onto wet floors to use the sink or mirror. The new drapery and linens are a hodgepodge... Read our full review of Anh Dao Hotel.

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Six Senses Con Dao Resort
Luxury - over US$100
Dat Doc Beach, 9 km from airport, 5 km from Con Son town
T: (064) 3831 222

Isolated, exclusive and with one very spectacular view, Six Senses is Con Dao’s only luxury resort and the over the top location has a price tag to match. If you have to ask, “How much?” and, “Why is it THAT much?”, it is probably out of your budget. As to why, we can’t fully answer that as we were not allowed to see a room, making it one of the only high-end resorts in Vietnam... Read our full review of Six Senses Con Dao Resort.

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Trung Hau Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
Corner of Nguyen Van Linh and Ho Thanh Tong Sts, Con Dao
T: (091) 8826 039

We could still smell the fresh paint when we visited Trung Hau Hotel in February 2016. Located in the northeast corner of town, Trung Hau is Con Dao’s most modern budget hotel on the island. It's also the only budget hotel we saw with a separate shower stall rather than just a single wetroom bathroom. The spacious, shiny and clean bathroom will surely please flashpackers, and so will the... Read our full review of Trung Hau Hotel.

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Hong Ngoc Guesthouse
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
Nguyen An Ninh St, beside Hoang Ngoc Hotel and Red Hotel, Con Dao
T: (064) 383 0417

Located beside Hoang Ngoc Hotel and Red Hotel, small Hong Ngoc Guesthouse offers small, bright clean rooms with windows and large bathrooms. Beds take up most of the space but you do get air-con, WiFi, fan, table and chair, TV, minifridge, mirror and big windows with security bars. Some rooms have large doors leading out to a private balcony. The bathrooms are spacious and functional, with a... Read our full review of Hong Ngoc Guesthouse.

Quynh Anh Hotel
Midrange - US$20 to 50
15 Le Duan, Con Dao

Tall, large folk will certainly appreciate the spacious, high-ceiling rooms of Quynh Anh Hotel. It boasts clean, new, functional rooms with freshly painted walls, solid wood furniture and extras like minibar, flatscreen TV, mirror, table and chair. Two rooms at the front of the building have a private balcony. This hotel seems like a quiet place (we had to wake the owners up from a nap) which... Read our full review of Quynh Anh Hotel.

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Thanh Ngoc Mini Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
50 Ton Duc Thang St, Khu Dan Cu So 4
T: (064) 3830 219

Set in a row of affordable guesthouses, some of Thanh Ngoc’s rooms stand out from the bunch. The rooms inside the building are just okay but the ones upstairs, accessed via the front rooftop terrace are superb: clean, lots of natural light and access to the terrace overlooking the road. We think Room 110 is the best. Situated upstairs in the front corner, there are windows on two walls and... Read our full review of Thanh Ngoc Mini Hotel.

Thanh Xuan Mini Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
44 Ton Duc Thang, Con Dao
T: (064) 3830 261

Located in a cluster of good budget accommodation on Ton Duc Thang Street, Thanh Xuan has basic but clean rooms. The walls are white and while the rooms here don’t have as much colour or life as the minty green rooms of neighbour Thanh Ngoc Mini Hotel, we do appreciate that Thanh Xuan uses duvet covers, which is not common with local budget joints. You also get creature comforts such as WiFi,... Read our full review of Thanh Xuan Mini Hotel.

Thien Tan Star Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 20
04 Nguyen Duc Thuan, west of Con Dao Camping, Con Dao
T: (064) 3630 123

Most of Con Dao’s oceanfront accommodation are mediocre generic tour resorts ($700 a night Six Senses Resort excepted). Thien Tan Star breaks the mould. It is not one of these resorts and it is the best reasonably priced beachfront hotel, ideal for those who want to be a few steps from the water. Unlike some of the others resorts in town, this hotel is directly on the beach, not across the road... Read our full review of Thien Tan Star Hotel.

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