Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Island)

There must be some rule in Laos that says the farther south yon go the more relaxed it becomes, because just when you thought your blood pressure couldn’t drop any more, you arrive in Si Phan Don… The name literally means ‘Four Thousand Islands’, and the few you are likely to visit on this scenic 50km-long stretch of the Mekong are so chilled you’re liable to turn into a hammock-bound icicle.

Sights & Activities in Don Khong

Don Khong is quite scenic; with rice fields and low hills in the centre and vegetable gardens around the perimeter, punctuated by small villages, most of which have their own wats. Bicycle or motorbike is the best way to explore it.

Eating in Don Khong

Apart from the odd place selling foe and Lao snacks, all the eating options are restaurants attached to the aforementioned accommodation. In them you can try Don Khong’s famous lao – lao (rice whisky), which is often ) cited as the smoothest in the country.

Sleeping and eating in Don Det & Don Khon

Seemingly every farmer on Don Det has jumped aboard the bungalow bandwagon and there are now dozens of guesthouses around the edge of the island. 

Sights and Activities in Don Det & Don Khon

There are a few things to see while you’re relaxing on the islands, all of which are best accessed on a bicycle hired for between US$0.80 and US$1 per day. 

Don Det & Don Khon

Life on Don Det and Don Khon feels so laid back that you could imagine the islands just drifting downriver into Cambodia with barely anyone rolling out of their hammock in the process. Vang Vieng, the town most often compared with these two islands, feels like the Glastonbury Festival by comparison.

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