Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao – famous historical site attracting tourists to visit

Besides the historical monument of Con Dao prison, Ma Thien Lanh Bridge has become an attractive destination for tourists whenever they have the opportunity to visit the most charming island on the planet. So where is Ma Thien Lanh Bridge on Con Dao, what attracts so many tourists? Let’s find out in detail through the article below.

Where is Ma Thien Lanh Bridge in Con Dao? 

Ma Thien Lanh Bridge is located on the top of a mountain in the western area of Con Dao town. Ma Thien Lanh Con Dao Bridge was built by the French colonialists using prisoners. The location of the bridge was built on a high mountain, the purpose of France was to cross the mountain range on the other side. Currently, Ma Thien Lanh Bridge only has relics left on both sides of the bridge foundation. Although not completed, more than 350 prisoners died during the construction of the bridge due to hunger and cold.
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How to get to Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao?

To visit Ma Thien Lanh Con Dao Bridge, you first need to take a plane from Hanoi/Saigon with a ticket price of 2.5 – 5.5 million VND/round trip. Or go from Saigon to Vung Tau, then move by speedboat to Con Dao with a ticket price of about 660,000 – 880,000 VND/person. If you want to save money, you can take an ordinary train from Cat Lo port (Vung Tau) or Tran De (Soc Trang) about 90,000 VND – 125,000 VND / person. 

To get to Ma Thien Lanh Bridge, you can ride a motorbike or hire a motorbike taxi to move all the way to Vo Thi Sau to the Ma Thien Lanh bridge relic. In general, the road is quite convenient, you can rent a motorbike in Con Dao for 100,000 VND – 150,000 VND / day to actively move.  Ma Thien Lanh Con Dao bridge - moveHow to get to Ma Thien Lanh Bridge?


Learn the history of Ma Thien Lanh Bridge

Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao is a famous historical site attracting tourists to visit. This is also the place to witness the sufferings of the war that happened in Con Dao. Ma Thien Lanh Bridge was built in 1930, for the purpose of quarrying stone and wood to make prison as well as to control prison escapees. The road to Ma Thien Lanh bridge is led from Nui Chua junction through Ong Dung beach .  Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - visitMa Thien Lanh bridge relic attracts tourists to visit

This bridge is named after a mountain with rugged terrain similar to Ma Thien Lanh in Korea. Therefore, the people of Con Dao took the name of this bridge as Ma Thien Lanh. 

Under the French colonial rule, prisoners in Con Dao built 2 abutments, of which each abutment is 8m high. Currently, the Ma Thien Lanh Bridge relic in Con Dao is only left on two sides of the bridge foundation. Each stone at this bridge is the bloody sacrifice of revolutionary soldiers who always carry with them the will to fight for national liberation. In August 1945, the construction of Ma Thien Lanh Bridge stopped. This is also one of the few works unfinished by the French and has great historical significance for our nation.  Ma Thien Lanh Con Dao bridge - rulesRules when visiting the Ma Thien Lanh bridge relic site


Visit the historical site of Ma Thien Lanh Bridge in Con Dao

What is Ma Thien Lanh Bridge on Con Dao? Ma Thien Lanh Bridge is about 15km from Co Ong airport and about 3km from the center of Con Dao town. From Con Dao National Park you will move through a small road, with many luxuriant trees. You just need to climb all the way to the Ma Thien Lanh bridge – a famous historical site in Con Dao attracting tourists today. Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - scene along the wayBoth sides of the road when moving to Ma Thien Lanh bridge

It is worth mentioning that this bridge used to be the place where 356 people fell during construction due to hunger and thirst, craggy terrain, sacred forests, poisonous water, crushed rocks or exhaustion… Currently, at the bridge Ma Thien Lanh still has a relic stele and incense bowl to commemorate those who have passed away. Visiting the ruins of Ma Thien Lanh bridge, visitors will witness the hardships of prisoners who had to go through.  Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - natureRemains of Ma Thien Lanh Bridge

Visiting Con Dao, you should once come to this famous historical site to go against the ups and downs of the nation’s history and show your patriotism. On April 29, 1979, the Ma Thien Lanh bridge relic was recognized as a special national relic.  Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - a tourist attractionExplore the natural surroundings

Visitors to Ma Thien Lanh Bridge can combine visiting Ong Dung beach, which is famous for its beautiful scenery. Ong Dung Beach is located inside Con Dao National Park, which attracts visitors with diverse flora and fauna. This is also the most beautiful and pristine beach in Con Dao with clear blue sea and cool climate all year round. Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - Ong Dung beachCombine visiting Ong Dung beach. (Photo: @kittymy95)

Exploring Ong Dung Con Dao beach , visitors will learn about the diverse ecosystem, scuba dive to see corals, and take a relaxing bath. Ong Dung Beach is an ideal destination for recreational fishing, picnics and participating in many interesting activities. In particular, from Ong Dung beach, you can rent a canoe to visit famous places nearby such as Tre Nho island, Big Tre island, watching sea birds. After visiting, you will enjoy all the delicious dishes at Ong Dung beach such as shark salad, grilled lobster, snail breast …  Ma Thien Lanh Bridge Con Dao - Ong Dung beach swimmingSwimming and relaxing at Ong Dung beach. (Photo: @marie_mniou)


Ma Thien Lanh Bridge on Con Dao and Ong Dung beach are two famous attractions that you should not miss when you have the opportunity to visit the “hell on earth”. Besides, you should also “pocket” detailed Con Dao travel experience to have the most useful information for your upcoming trip. 

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