Just wondering if anyone could let me know about accommodation options on Can Dao apart from the 3 hotels that are listed about the place. Is there anything like guesthouses or something informal like that? Any other info also appreciated. Probably not looking at coming over until Feb next year.
Our Saigon researcher prob heading there in next month -- will post back when have her report in :)
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I was on Con Dao a few years ago and it's one of my favorite places. I'm bad with memory and details however so can not give you that much practical information.
I know there is/was one or two places that were catering for budget travellers. Not the typical backpacker places but pleasant bungalows/rooms with restaurant. Nothing on Con Dao is really budget like you find on the mainland. This place, where I didn't stay, was probably charging $10-15 for a room and is along the main seaside boulevard in the main town.
Added bonus is that all places do a free pick-up from the airport and since there is no public transport that's just the thing you need. Another reason for booking your first night.
In the tiny main town, not seaside though, I've also seen some real local guesthouses who probably cater to vietnamese. You could check those out as well but you'll probably need to speak some basic vietnamese.
Feb is probably ok to just show up without booking but keep in mind that the options are limited. Personally I'd book anything for the first night, even if it's a bit over budget, and then check out the options for the remaining nights. You're really on an isolated island and the only option you might find left is the 6 senses resort whose rooms go for a whopping $500.
Sorry for the late reaction but I was hoping, for you, that someone with more recent knowledge could help you.
I also look forward to that report. It's a gem of a place and wonder how far development has reached over there.
Enjoy and make sure you rent a motorbike and drive around Con son. Absolutely breathtaking coastal road. Not that you have many other options to do on the island anyway.