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- A great bike ride along the bumpy road to this huge passing of the river through the rocks. To the left carry on down to a fantastic relaxed restaurant bar with huts to sit and listen to the falls before heading down to the beach and a swim in the river.Written 27 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very calm and paceful place. Great sunsets, nice views, authentic life of Lao people, many possibilities to bike around the island. Spectacular waterfals.Written 17 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice view but unfortunately now the bridge is broken and closed. I regret because I think that the view from the other side would be even better. There is albo some resaurant with waterfall view wher you can relax.Written 17 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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.Written 11 January 2020