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IRRAWADDY DOLPHINS KAYAK TOUR

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Don Khone, Laos
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IRRAWADDY Dolphins Kayak Tour, by Mekong fly at the Lhiphi Waterfall of Don Khone, near Done Det, offers a kayak activity, to discover from the beach, a unique course inside a canyon, in the middle of 'a submerged forest and trunks of incredible shape, to reach the heart of the territory of the dolphins Irrawaddy (endangered species), to discover them without disrupting them and without engine.
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John W wrote a review Jan 2020
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The kayak tours originate on Don Det but can be booked on Don Khone with transport to Don Det included. Three companies on Don Det run identical tours, identified by different colour kayaks. The tour begins with a downstream paddle to the island of Don Som. There the kayaks are transported to the next launch point while you walk 3 km cross country to get there. Along the way there is a detour to Etoud, a pretty cataract where you can stand under the falling water and take a swim. Access to Etoud is via a tricky makeshift ladder. Lunch is taken at the next launch point: baguette, kebab grilled over embers, and fresh fruit. Then comes the safety briefing as rapids lie ahead. You pass a huge hydroelectric power station, out of scale with anything else at Si Phan Don, and soon hit turbulence. Three kayaks (including mine) capsized here. Then into calm water and the search for dolphins. We were lucky, seeing at least one, some fifty meters away at its closest. Then it's a short paddle to the mainland where the kayaks are hauled up a steep beach and loaded on to songthaew, which you also board for the next leg to Khone Pha Peng, the largest cataract on the falls of Si Phan Don. Your tour ticket includes the price of admission, but only for the ordinary ticket which does not include the buggy ride to the viewpoints (a ten minute walk). After an hour there the songthaew continues to Nakasang, with a stop at the ATM, before launching the kayaks for the final paddle to Don Det. This tour requires a reasonable level of fitness. The less fit can ask to share a kayak with a guide who will do the lion's share of the work. Life vests and a wet bag are provided, but no helmet. All in all, an exhausting but satisfying day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ajex089 wrote a review Jan 2020
Bordeaux, France63 contributions11 helpful votes
While there is a lot of publicity about these rare dolphins, the sad fact remains that there future is really in danger... we decided to give it a try to see them and biked from the town over to the old French Pier (about a 30 minute bike) where we hired a boat (90K Kip) with a youngster driving it. The sight from the top of the pier is beautiful, the boat drive to where the Dolphins normally are rather interesting; one can see fisherman checking their nets etc. After an about 20 minutes drive we stopped at a place mid river where already a couple of other boats were stopped. It didn’t take long and a dolphin family of three and a single one made appearances quite close to the boats. They are really special creatures and we hope they will be still around in the future.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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pondonkhone@gmil.com​ wrote a review Jun 2019
Don Khone, Laos4 contributions1 helpful vote
Very nice kayaking tour on the Mekong. We spent a very nice time during the kayaking tour. First, we start on the beach, just after the wonderful lhiphi somphamith waterfalls, and after It more than 1hour of kayak. The nature is fabulous and knowing that you are on the mekong is even more pleasant. the final point is the arrival on the spot of the Irrawaddy dolphins that we could see from quite a distance, but as we did not disturb them. Thank you to the team that accompanies us for their serenity.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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