Vietnam | South | Con Dao Islands { 52 images } Created 13 Apr 2015

Situated about 185 km from the coast, the Côn Đảo Islands are an archipelago of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province, in the Southeast region of Vietnam.

During the French colonial era, the island (then named Poulo-Condore) was made infamous for its penal facilities and the notorious "tiger cages". Vietnamese nationalists were sent here to serve their sentence for anti-French activities. The prisons were also used by the South Vietnam government during the Vietnam War and many Vietnamese Communist leaders were "schooled" on Côn Đảo Island as well.

Many of the islands were given protected status in 1984 as part of Côn Đảo National Park. This natural preserve was subsequently enlarged in 1998. Endangered species protected within the park include the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle, dolphins, and the dugong.

(source: Wikipedia)
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