History, natural wonders and culture make Vietnam, gateway to Indochina, a paradise for both beach lovers and cultural enthusiasts. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, Vietnam is studded with cultural attractions dating back to the Cham Kingdom, imperial dynasties and the French colonial era.
As Vietnam’s past has influenced its present, the country’s history-laden streets are afresh with romantic charm and exotic allure. It is no wonder visitors and lifestyle property buyers are so enthusiastic about Vietnam.
Economic reforms in the late 1980s brought with them the beginnings of a transformation of Vietnam into a vibrant and modern economy. Strong economic fundamentals, a good mix of demographics and a nation rich in natural resources have combined to fuel the change. Consumption has been on the rise as Vietnam’s years of political and social stability, plus a favourable geographic location, have combined to attract plenty of foreign investment. Reform has eased regulation and the government has made a conscious effort to liberalise property ownership laws to draw in more outsiders.
As the country develops as a luxury travel destination, investors have turned to Vietnam’s vacation home property market as an attractive investment grade asset class. The Vietnamese government has through a series of reforms liberalised property ownership laws, in favour of foreign interests, showing its commitment to developing a globally competitive property sector.
Resting in the quiet waters of the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam, the Con Dao Archipelago is one of the most beautiful and least developed destinations in the country. With its striking beauty, there are beaches, forests, mountains, coral reefs, history, mythology, and a quiet town with crumbling French colonial villas on the seafront. Adding to its allure, the pristine jewel is only a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City.
As the definition of tropical seclusion, Con Dao real estate is a perfect hideaway for that fabulous vacation home, an ideal escape for anyone wishing to find unspoilt natural beauty. With a surface area of 70km² and a population of around 6,000, island life is as tranquil as the surrounding turquoise waters. In this, one of the most beautiful places in the world, there are 16 mountainous islands and islets in the Con Dao Archipelago, of which the largest is known as Con Son.
In addition to hiking, snorkelling, diving and exploring forested hills and deserted sandy beaches, there are some excellent wildlife-watching opportunities. Roughly 80% of the land on the island chain is part of Con Dao National Park. An absolute gem, the nature and marine reserve is the home to 285 species of plants, and more than 100 species of birds and endemic mammals, as well as many rare animals such as the hawksbill and the green sea turtles.
The islands are surrounded by sparkling clear waters and watched over by beautiful blue skies. With hardly any property developments, these islands are reminiscent of southern Thailand more than a quarter of a century ago.
With the arrival of the über-luxurious Six Senses Con Dao – the first 5-star resort in the archipelago – the islands are now on the radar of the international jet-set and serious property investors alike. For those most discerning amongst homebuyers in search of an authentic hideaway blessed by truly pristine beauty, a luxury property in Con Dao is an attractive proposition.