Don Khong Travel Guide

  • Don Khong
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  • Don Khong
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • I drink a beer by the Meckong River
    I drink a beer by the Meckong River
    by jorgejuansanchez

Don Khong Things to Do

  • Cycle Don Khong

    Prices may fluctuate during the seasons, but we rented for 10,000 kip for the whole day. Do not pay more than 15,000 kip.The entire island of Don Khong is 18km x 8km. The road circling the island is flat and travels the entire distance about 40km. Pedaling at a leisurely pace and taking a few stops along the way, you should be able to...

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  • Old French Railroad and Bridge

    Laos has only had one functional railway in its history. It was installed by the French as a means to ease the passage over the waterfalls along what is not the Cambodian boarder.They railroad could unload cargo and passengers on the low side of the falls and then climb the slight grade, cross over to Don Det island and pass farther to the north...

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  • Somphamit Waterfalls

    The Mekong meanders around the 4000 Islands and drops into Cambodia along a fairly wide, yet short waterfall. There are several to choose from, but the Somphamit is the easiest to access from Don Det and/or Don Khone islands.It is about a 10~15 minute walk from the Rail Road bridge. At the bridge, you must pay a tourist tax 9,000 kip.

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  • Biggest waterfalls of S.E. Asia:...

    On the border of Cambodia and Laos are the Khon Phapheng waterfalls, they are the biggest of S.E. Asia and also a very popular attraction for the locals. The entrance is 10,000 Kip and it is sure worth a visit!

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  • Visit the beuatiful temple Tham Phu...

    The island of Don Khong has a few temples that can be visited. We found the Tham Phu Kiaw in the small village of Ban Xieng Wang the most beautiful. The buddha is covered in a giant snake!

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  • Cycling

    The large island of Don Khong is easy to go around by bicycle. We only managed to do half the island because of the high temperature (37 degrees). We were everywhere greeted by children and if you are thirsty, you find many houses that offer refreshments and also things to eat, the people are very friendly, but it is difficult to find someone who...

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  • Hire a bicycle, see the sites..

    Hire bikes and cycle south along the path, to the southern end of the Island. You'll see the unfinshed railway bridge over to Don Khon. Pass over the road/footbridge to Don Khon, and head towards the Somphamit Waterfalls. Lots of nice places to swim, amongst the rocks, and even in natural plunge pools and jacuzzi's!

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  • Boating

    Hire a dug out canoe, and paddle upstream/downstream. Paddling upstream is surprisingly hard, as the current will continually try to push your bow to port or starboard. The best advice is to heave to, splice the mainbrace and make someone walk the plank. Alternatively, pull in to the bank and buy a cooling Beer Lao or two..Seriously though, the...

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  • Swim and jump

    When staying on an island, swimming is a great idea! During the dry season the currents arn't too strong, though swimming against it for long is tiring! This tree was stuck in the bottom near my bungalow. A helpful soul had attached some bits of wood to make climbing up easier. It's then a simple leap of faith into the deep cool water... excellent...

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Don Khong Restaurants

  • Riverfront view and good Lao Lao...

    Don Det and Don Khone have countless restaurants to choose from. They all serve roughly the same menu at the same prices. However, we found this to be quite satisfactory both with the view on the Mekong directly next to the old French Railroad bridge, the portion sizes and the quality of food. Yellow noodle and noodle soups were great for 15,000...

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  • Possibly the cheapest, and definately...

    I'm not sure how the restaurant closest to the most expensive hotel on the island could be so cheap, but I believe it was cheapest menu on island. The restaurant did not have an outdoor seating area like the others closer to the "bridge", but they big windows still allowed for plenty of fresh air. The portions were great and the taste was...

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  • Great food right on the water

    Many of the menus in the restaurants are copied from one to another. The prices vary only a little, but the quality can change greatly. This little restaurant has a wonderful outdoor patio, sitting directly over the water of the Mekong. You can sit outside, having a wonderful meal and watch the waters pass below and the clouds float...

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Don Khong Nightlife

  • Night jumps

    Drink lots of lao-lao (potent rice whisky), pick a partner, then jump 20ft into the warm Mekong.. fun! especially during a tropical storm!From this self same location, after midnight (when the generators have gone quiet) you can hear the roar of the waterfalls, 5 miles away. Quite romantic :) Full evening wear / black tie.

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  • Fire on the beach

    Watch some superb fire tricks from talented people who know how to do it. Whilst sat around a fire with friends having drinks.. Beach wear, or anything non flammable.

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Don Khong Transportation

  • Don Khong to/from Don Det & Don Khone

    There are countless minivan services for hire from nearly all guest houses and travel agencies. You can get transfers between the larger Don Khong island to/from the smaller islands in the south of Don Det & Don Khone for about 40,000 kip. Travel time is about 30 minutes. (not including river ferry).However if you want a more authentic experience,...

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  • Traveling to Pakse

    You can travel to Pakse by public bus. However, the cost will be nearly identical to a mini-van ride if you find a good price. But the real savings will be time! The public bus will take ~40 minutes longer than the mini-van, and there is no idea how long you will have to wait on the side of the road waiting for the bus since there is no regular...

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  • By boat / ferry

    To Don Khong you can easily travel. At several places you find boats that will take you to the mainland. If you travel by car you can take a carferry, otherwise you can just hop on almost every boat.

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Don Khong Local Customs

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    by cachaseiro Written Feb 28, 2010

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    Fried frogs is a local speciality that you see quite a bit around Don Khong.
    I guess they have taken a liking to them cause they are all over the place and this is your chance to try something you have most likely not tried before.
    I have tried it, but i am personally not too keen on the taste of frog.

    Fried frogs. Fried frog.
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Don Khong Sports & Outdoors

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    by kinaly Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Don Khong Island is 18 km long and 8 km wide. If Laos is quiet in general, life on the island is very very quiet. Anybody can loose its stress there.

    Biking tour of the island is very pleasant as the distance can be done within one day.

    Have a strong breakfast in Muang Khong and then take the road to the North, up to the end of the island, even if you have to take a very small path. Then you will come back by the western side, passing through villages, until you reach Muang Saen. Have lunch (chinese soup and soya milk) on the beach (it should be the afternoon).
    From there you can choose either to follow the river, either to take the direct road to Muang Khong. All the way, it’s flat, so it’s quite easy for anybody and you do not need any guide.

    Equipment: Any kind of bicyle

    My cousin, on Don Khong
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