At the edge: heritage and tourism development in Vietnam’s Con Dao archipelago
Hayward, P & Tran, GTH 2014, 'At the edge: heritage and tourism development in Vietnam’s Con Dao archipelago', Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 113-124.
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ticle outlines the development of Vietnam’s Con Dao archipelago (and Con Son island in particular) as tourism destinations since the formal reunification of Vietnam in 1975. In particular it examines the nature of the area’s two main tourism attractions, Con Son’s prison sites and memorials and the archipelago’s natural environment, and how these have been marketed to and experienced by national and international tourists. This discussion also involves considerations of the concept of thanatourism and how the latter might be understood to operate in a Vietnamese context. The final sections of the article consider development plans and options for the archipelago; how these can be understood within national political contexts; and what problems there might be with their implementation.