Si Phan Don

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Wsea3h
Asia3,764 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Don Det in Si Phan Don is touristy with foreign visitors everywhere and tour companies, hotels, restaurants, etc. But the island is still quiet and peaceful. I saw people practicing yoga or taichi near their guesthouse.

On the way back to Don Det, we stopped our bicycles and went down a hidden river part with a lot of sands which looks almost like a beach. The water is cool and current is not strong so we had a soak there. There're plants and grasses covering and very few people passing as this part is on the other side of the place having guesthouses and restaurants.
Written 14 February 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,876 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
This is an island you can spend time to relax. Rent a bike and go around. You can hire boat to go for ride in the Mekong river.
Written 4 December 2018
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psomrang
Bangkok, Thailand249 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Nice place for a relaxing time. Si Phan Don is a area in where the Mekong spreads into a wide delta with a lot of islands And also a lot of waterfalls and historical places.
Written 4 March 2018
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Albeiror24
Kep Province, Cambodia62 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
I visited Si Phan Don (One Thousand Islands) in September 2017 coming from Cambodia. It is located just at the boarder of both countries. It is about a natural wonder of the Mekong River that is becoming very popular to see. It has already two biggest: 1) river archipelago & 2) waterfalls in Southeast Asia. The waterfalls are called "Khone Phapheng" (Mekong Falls). During the French Indochina colony, the French wanted to build a great commercial route from their colony, mainly from Sai Hong (Vietnam) up the river to China. It seemed a great Project. But they did not know Si Phan Don and Khone Phapheng, where that dream was stopped. Today we can see a very old French bridge (around 150 years old) connecting Don Det to Don Khong and it is related to that ancient project - maybe Laos and Cambodia could create a channel in the future.

The main island to visit (no the biggest) is Don Det. Any tour you arrange would bring you there. From Cambodia you can get a tour from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or from Stung Treng. In Laos from Pakse. The transport let you at Nakasong, a village, from where you take the boat to Don Det. The island is now full of hotels, guest houses, bungalows and restaurants all along the river road. The food offering is really rich in Asian and Laotian culinary. It is a place for walking, cycling, renting a boat to go around islands and falls, exploring, meditating and relaxing. The locals are very friendly, though the English can be little in most of them. There are some tourist agencies with a fair attention. There are already some ATM and markets in Natasong and Don Det.
Written 13 September 2017
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Philip Biggs
64 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
I would skip Don details unless your a young party animal in need of narcotics. There's some great trails to be explored on Don Khone, complete with bridges made from old railway tracks (take care). The two locomotives are definitely worth a look if you're into history, plus the massive concrete structure at the south of the island at Hang Khone - which is incidentally the cheaper of the two places to view the Irrawaddy dolphins from (I paid 70k for an hour long trip about a km upstream to a tributary where a family of 3 dolphins appear to be in semi-permanent residence. The boat driver was a bit of a young 23 y.o. upstart, demanding my cigarettes, telling me we had to hurry cos he was supposed to be at school, and then we got back back he had the audacity to suggest a tip by saying "cheap boat driver huh". Otherwise a magical experience as I've been trying to see them in the Ayerawaddy and Mahakam rivers, both times without luck.
Written 3 June 2017
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Uli0711
Stuttgart, Germany6 contributions
Jan 2017 • Solo
Si Phan Don is a area in Laos where the Mekong falls are located and also the Mekong spreads into a wide delta with a lot of islands.
One of the islands is Don Det, on its northern end there is a backpacker destination with a lot of simple hotels. It is quite a nice place to stay and explore the area.
The best way to explore Don Det and Don Khon, whitch is connected to Don Det by an old railway bridge, is to use a bicycle. Because the railway is not existing anymore, you can cross the bridge by bicycle. But you have to pay an enterance fee for Don Khon, whitch also includes the access to a waterfall located at the western part of the island.
I also can recommend to book a kayak tour. I am not sure if there are different tours, the one I have booked included a visit of some smaller waterfalls, watching river dolphins and also the visit of the biggest waterfalls in south east asia (don´t expect to much).
All together a place where you can have a good time, but nothing spectacular.
Written 30 April 2017
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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK475 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
A collection of islands many with guest houses and hotels, ideal for all age groups and budgets. Quiet, easy to get around by boat, just a great part of the world to chill out for a few days.
Written 20 April 2017
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Logan_CND
Canada134 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
A quiet island that is basically shut down by 9 or 10. A nice place to unwind if you want to get away from all cars and masses of scooters. No one is pushing to sell anything and the locals are all genuine and I enjoyed getting to know a handful of them.

If you are looking for more of a party and happy shake scene then Don Det North tip is for you and not this island.

If you have time, hire a boat guide to take you out looking for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, we saw loads but really hard to get them on camera! well worth the short boat trip.
Written 29 March 2017
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narissabigadvent
7 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
In order for you to enjoy this place you must relax, unwind and get away from the reggae reggae places. At first I didn't get it and wanted to leave, but I changed guesthouse to somewhere more secluded and surrendered. I'm glad I did
Written 26 January 2017
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mariiiia85
134 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Really worth the trip, we stayed at don khone which probably is the most laid-back island. Take a kayaking-tour, was so much fun!! Kayaking the mekongriver downstreams, swimming close to a waterfall and then barbeque on an island with lots of beaches!:)
Written 5 December 2016
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