Photo: Con Dao beach scenes.

Hike to Bang Beach and Dat Tham Beach

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A longer hike, a bigger reward: Bang Beach and Dat Tham Beach are remote, isolated beaches on the undeveloped western side of the island. Part of Con Dao National Park, the pleasant hike through the forest on paved trail can be 5, 6.2 or 6.8 kilometres long, depending on if you choose one or both beaches.

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Hike and swim.

Hike and swim.

After obtaining a free ticket from the national park office, continue north on Vo Thi Sau Street, veer left at the intersection and continue until you see a paved road that splits off on your right hand side. There will be a sign for Bai Ong Dung, Bai Bang and Bai Dat Tham. Follow this road up. You’ll come across the ruins and a memorial shrine of Ma Thien Lanh Bridge, which French colonists had forced prisoners to construct. By the time the project was abandoned in August 1945, 356 prisoners had lost their lives in the construction. Close to the memorial is a booth which may or may not have an official to show your permit. About a kilometre after the booth, you’ll see a trail sign for “Hang Duc Me/Holy Cave 400m; Bai Bang/Bang Beach 2.4 km; Bai Dat Tham/Dat Tham Beach 3 km.” Pack plenty of water before you set off.

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

The trail is a paved mix of stone and concrete, always shaded by the beautiful green jungle. The trail rises steadily. In 300 metres you’ll reach stairs leading to Hang Duc Me or Duc Me Cave – a grotto really, a small nook with a Catholic shrine. It won’t knock your hiking socks off, so skip it unless you are determined to see it.

Nature's art.

Nature’s art.

From this point on we measured that it is 1.9 kilometres to the fork where the trail splits. Left is to Bang Beach, right to Dat Tham Beach.

Bang Beach (Bai Bang) is the closest one, just 300 steep metres down to the coast and brilliantly blue waters. The small beach is a mix of white sand and stones. There’s also a great view of nearby Hon Tre Nho (Small Bamboo Island). The round trip to this beach is five kilometres.

Hello Gorgeous!

Hello gorgeous!

Dat Tham Beach (Bai Dat Tham) requires a little more legwork. From the fork it’s 0.9 kilometres. Though there is a little ranger hut, we did not see a soul and it was a remarkable feeling to have this deserted chunk of paradise all to ourselves. Dat Tham is a C-shaped bay that is well protected on both sides, meaning shallow waters, calm waters and a great place to laze on the white sand. The roundtrip distance for Dat Tham Beach is 6.2 kilometres.

No need to fight for front row seats.

No need to fight for front row seats at Dat Tham Beach.

Be mindful of the time – you’ll want to be out of the park by nightfall. The total hiking time at a leisurely pace (not including the time spent on the beaches) is two hours.

Choose your own adventure.

Choose your own adventure.


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