Islands in the Mekong
Float between the Four Thousand Islands, where time almost stands still. Impossibly laid-back and seriously daydreamy, it’s somewhere that has to be seen to be believed. Some islands are tiny specks, while others contain entire forests and mountains. In rainy season, many are totally submerged, appearing only when water levels recede, making it a mythical kind of place. You’ll spend two nights on Don Khon, one of the larger islands in the cluster, exploring the rice paddies by bicycle, swinging in a hammock and soaking up the slow pace of life.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- Lunch on Day 3
- English speaking guide on Day 3
- Shared minibus transfers on Day 3
- Entrance fees to Khone Phapheng waterfalls
- Entrance fees to Wat Phou
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Arrival on Khone Island (Siphandone)
You’ll arrive in Si Phan Don from either the Bolaven Plateau or Pakse and settle into cosy guest house set amidst leafy greenery on the banks of the river. In the evening, try a typical Laotian dish in the restaurant and sit back on the balcony overlooking the river with an ice-cold Beer Lao in hand. The pace of life here is unbelievably laid-back, even by Laotian standards, and most communities here are self-sufficient, growing almost all of their own produce.
Khone Island - Free Time
Today is free for you to explore Khon Island independently. A beautiful mixture of rice paddies, forested hills, vegetable gardens and small villages, it’s a great place to explore by bicycle. Alternatively, you can arrange a boat trip to hop between the surrounding islands such as Don Det and Don Khon.
Khone Island - Pakse
Today, you’ll buy your own ferry ticket to the mainland pier, where you’ll be collected by your minibus and guide. From here, you’ll set off on a trip to visit the amazing Khone Phapheng waterfalls, dubbed “The Niagara of the East”. Next, you’ll continue north and cross the Mekong by ferry to visit the famous Khmer Temple complex of Wat Phou, which predates even Angkor Wat! Finally, you’ll grab some lunch in Champasak before reaching Pakse, where this trip will end.
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