Experience to explore Con Dao prison: The ticket price, opening hours, and sightseeing instructions

Con Dao prison is known as “hell on earth”; This is a sacred and meaningful tourist destination that everyone should come when they have the opportunity to visit Con Dao.

Con Dao prison address

Con Dao historical relic is located in the middle of the East Sea in the Con Dao district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. This was once a place where the French colonialists used to keep prisoners, within 100 years more than 20,000 patriotic soldiers were tortured and died. 

The reason that the French colonialists built a prison in Con Dao was that the location was far from the mainland and difficult to move, made it impossible for prisoners to escape. Visiting Con Dao prison , visitors can combine the cemetery and nearby museums. 
Con Dao prison - where is the addressCon Dao prison is located in Con Dao district, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province

How to move to Con Dao prison 

To visit this famous “hell on earth”, first of all you need to take a plane or train to Con Dao depending on the departure location. As follows: 

Airplane: Move quickly and conveniently, especially the plane. Currently, Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways have flights to Con Dao from Hanoi, Can Tho and Saigon. Ticket prices range from 800,000 – 1,200,000 VND (depending on the time). Estimated flight time is about 45 minutes. 

– Train to Con Dao: For you depart from Saigon, you can move to Soc Trang or Vung Tau and buy train tickets to Con Dao. If you go from Soc Trang, you will depart from Cat Lo port with the fare from 85,000 – 200,000 VND at 17h and travel time 13 hours. If going from Vung Tau, you will arrive at Tran De port, ticket price is 250,000 – 300,000 VND, leaving at 8am. 

Experience of visiting Con Dao prison , you can go by taxi or motorbike taxi from the airport to the hotel to check in or go straight to the prison. If you go from Con Dao market, you should go towards Tran Phu and turn left. When you finish the Tran Phu street to the intersection, turn left and go straight to Nguyen Hue Street. Next turn left, go all the way to Nguyen Hue and turn to the direction of Nguyen Chi Thanh to reach the prison in Con Dao. 
Con Dao prison - how to moveHow to move to Con Dao prison 

Opening time and ticket price to visit Con Dao prison

– Prison opening time includes two time frames: Morning from 7:30 – 11:30 and afternoon from 13:30 – 16:30. Con Dao prison is open to visitors every day of the week.  

– Ticket price: 40,000 VND / person

Note: Entrance fees may vary from time to time. You should also arrange a suitable tour time. 
Con Dao Prison - need to buy entrance ticketsOpening time and ticket price to visit Con Dao prison


Where should I go to Con Dao prison? 

Con Dao prison system includes camps: Phu Son camp, Phu Hai camp, Phu Tuong camp, Phu Tho camp, Chuong Bo area, Tiger cages, Phu An camp, Phu Phong camp, Phu Hung camp. These are all camps built by the French colonialists to detain and torture patriotic soldiers. Let’s explore “hell on earth” specifically through the following prison areas:

Phu Hai Camp

The first was Phu Hai camp, built-in 1862, this is also the oldest prison consisting of 33 cells divided into two opposite rows. With 5 cells of each row will connect through 20 cells to bind prisoners. There is a room at the end of the row at Phu Hai prison that is used to torture death row inmates with extremely brutal forms. Besides the cells, Phu Hai camp also has an infirmary, lecture hall, canteen, and kitchen, but these are just things that the French built up to justify their crimes. Traveling to Con Dao, visiting Phu Hai prison, tourists will have a better understanding of the strong will of soldiers and love the nation. 
Con Dao prison - Phu Hai prisonPhu Hai camp is the oldest in Con Dao prison

Phu Son Camp

Located next to Phu Hai camp is Phu Son prison, built in 1916. This prison was built on a larger scale and more solid with many cells. This prison is designed like the other prisons, only larger and more brutal torture. At Phu Son prison, the French colonialists also covered the public eye when building clubs, supervisory offices, cafeterias, barber rooms, … 
Con Dao prison - Phu Son prisonThe image shows the prisoner detention scene in Phu Son camp

Phu Tho Camp

What is Con Dao prison ? Since the construction of Phu Hai prison and after 12 years the French continued to build camp Phu Tho. Initially this prison was designed with 3 blocks, but later changed to only 2 blocks and 4 rooms. Much later, Phu Tho camp was expanded with 2 female rooms to supplement prisoners in another room when overloaded. The whole on the roof of Phu Hai camp is designed with interlocking barbed wire that makes prisoners unable to escape. At Phu Hai prison, the French colonialists also built a warehouse, kitchen, garden …
Con Dao prison - Phu Tho prisonTorture scene at Phu Tho Detention Center

Phu Tuong Camp

Also known as the Phu Hai Correctional Center, this is essentially the tiger barn that the French built to be full of our patriotic soldiers. Phu Tuong camp was built in 1940 and has a total area of ​​up to 1,475m2, divided into 2 zones and includes 120 separate cells. Visiting this prison, visitors will witness extremely brutal and brutal torture. Like other prisons, Phu Tuong camp was built with dining rooms, kitchens, sports facilities, and medical areas to cover people’s eyes. 
Con Dao prison - Phu Tuong prisonPhu Tuong prison attracts tourists to visit

Cattle Stables

The next place to visit in Con Dao prison is the Chuong Bo area, also known as An Ninh Chuong Bo. This prison was built with 9 separate cells, 2 stables and, a cow manure storage area, and a pig school. At this detention center, the French used barbaric forms such as starving, shackling the legs, splinting bamboo sticks to the legs, beating our soldiers. The cruelest form of torture in the Cow Stables was that they soaked death row inmates into a sewer containing cow dung to slowly die off. 
Con Dao Prison - Chuong Bo areaThe Bull Stable Area is also known as Cow Stable Security

The isolated area of ​​the Tiger Cages

Also known as Phu Binh camp is divided into 2 separate zones, including 40 pens for each zone. The isolated Tiger Cages is the place to keep female prisoners with extremely cruel and cruel forms. Specifically, they roofed the enemy’s house with corrugated iron roofs and let prisoners lie under cold rocks to gradually wear out their health. More specifically, they also play loud sounds in the cell, causing the prisoners a headache, a headache, and a disease. 
Con Dao Prison - the Tiger CagesThe isolated area of ​​the Tiger Cages holds prisonersExperience in Con Dao prison - isolated tiger cagesPhoto: @ t.trinhhh

Visiting Con Dao prison , you can also hire a guide to be introduced to more details about the history, as well as the mysterious stories surrounding this prison. 


It can be said that Con Dao prison is a “living witness” of the great crimes committed by the French colonialists that rang our nation during the years of fierce resistance. Therefore, if you have the opportunity to come to Con Dao, you should take the time to visit this prison to pay homage to the dead soldiers and love the nation more. 

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