Tourism in general and Don Khon Island, the smallest of the 3 main islands of Si Phan Don in southern Laos Champasak Province

Don Khon Island

The 3 most famous islands Si Phan Don (the Mekong 4000 islands) are: Don Khong the biggest island of all and 2 small islands very close to the one from the other, Don Det and Don Khon Island. Popularly known for its water falls and Irrawaddy dolphins, this haven of peace along the mekong in the form of island to the South of Laos has a special charm.



Information on Don Khon Island


The first thing is not to confuse the small island Don Khon (no g at the end) with the largest island of the archipelago of Si Phan Don, Don Khong call (with g at the end).
It is a small inhabited island where their people live a simple and quiet life, precisely is the word that can better describe the island Don Khon, calm and quiet.

The Don Khon Island, like the rest of the Islands Si Phan Don, just available infrastructures, not only talk about roads, which in most cases are paths of Earth, but also little offer hotel (very public-oriented backpacking or travel low-cost), few restaurants and shops.
Probably this developmental delay is better than Don Khon has to offer travelers a very different experience to other areas of Laos, as can be or Luang Prabang Vientiane.

Don Khon Island (Si Phan Don, Laos)
Don Khon Island (Si Phan Don, Laos)

Money, Currency and ATMs on the island Don Khon


There are no ATMs on the island Don Khon nor in any other island Si Phan Don, is necessary to bring enough cash (US dollars or kip). It is easy to change currency (hotels, hostels, hostels, stores and restaurants), but the change that we apply will not be very good, as recommendation must withdraw money at any ATM of Pakse.


Sights of Don Khon


If you visit Si Phan Don you can not miss the impressive water falls of Don Khon. Although there are many rapids and small waterfalls in the area, the highlight is undoubtedly the Li Phi Falls (also called) Somphamit falls() and the Khone Phapheng Falls is the South-East Asia's biggest waterfall.

Somphamit - Li Phi Falls
Li Phi Falls (Somphamit falls)
Khone Phapheng Falls
Khone Phapheng Falls


In this area of French Indo-China, we can still find colonial remnants, as for example the abandoned building of what once was a French school.

Former French school on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)
Former French school on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)


However the most obvious in the French colonial island Don Khon footprint is the railroad. Although just have a couple of strokes of the railway line and semi- demolished bridge, there is a curious outdoor exhibition on the island Don Khon dedicated to rail, we're talking about old French railway locomotive Don Khon.

French locomotive on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)
French locomotive on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)


Laos is a Buddhist country and therefore you could not miss the island Don Khon a temple, or rather a Wat. Located on the West side of the island of Don Khon is Wat Khon Tai.

Wat Khon Tai (Don Khon, Si Phan Don, Laos)
Wat Khon Tai (Don Khon, Si Phan Don, Laos)


This temple, Wat Khon Tai, is named in honor of the nearby village, village Khon Tai. The most prominent are the paintings on the exterior façade, the contrasts in their bright colors with the green of the nature of Laos and its location a few meters from the banks of the Mekong River.

Wat Khon Tai (Don Khon, Si Phan Don, Laos)
Wat Khon Tai (Don Khon, Si Phan Don, Laos)


The most popular sightseeing tour of the island of Don Khon, besides visiting the falls and the French colonial remains, including a boat trip on the Mekong river to try to spot the Irrawaddy dolphins, about dolphins living in the river mekong between the South of Laos and the border with Cambodia, boats depart from Pier Ban have Khon.

Irrawaddy dolphins (Irrawaddy)
Irrawaddy dolphins (Irrawaddy)


What to do on the island Don Khon?


The 2 most popular on Don Khon activities are kayaking down the Mekong River and bicycling to calmly explore all corners of Don Khon and even cross the bridge address to Don Det.

In recent years it has become fashionable called Tubing, which makes rage among backpackers, especially in Vang Vieng. The Tubing is to embark on an inflatable tyre by the current of the river.
These inflatable donuts that are frequently seen in water parks, is quite dangerous to become tubing, as used tractor tires and river are shown below, where the rocks and strong currents have injured tourists and even caused deaths.
The tubing on Don Khon was imported from the northern city of Laos Vang Vieng, where tubing is in a stretch of more than 3 miles down the Nam Song river (currently prohibited).

Tips island Don Khon


The internet connection is very slow and extremely expensive, it better is expected to leave Si Phan Don to connect to the internet.

Although drugs are banned in Laos, in some bars in the Islands have in his letter some drinks or food with a very high price, normally puts the word happy, indeed it is these substances, we recommend to not get close to these places.

How to get to the island Don Khon? transport, boats, ferry and transport


Don Khon being an island, the displacement is complicated. It is necessary to catch a ferry at Pier Ban Nakasang (people of Nakasong) with destination to the Don Det island or the island Don Khon. These 2 Islands are connected by a bridge that can cross by car, bike or walking.
Note: Although called ferry, usually treated small wooden motor boats, which are totally safe though, are not very glamorous.

Embarcadero Ban Nakasang to go to Don Khon Island
Embarcadero Ban Nakasang to go to Don Khon Island

Map of the island Don Khon


Oriented on the island is very easy since it is just a dirt road in a straight line, where we can find few intersections have signs in wood with the direction of the most important places that exist in this place. Here you have a Tourist map of the 4000 islands of the Mekong.

Don Khon Island (Si Phan Don, Laos)
Don Khon Island (Si Phan Don, Laos)

Hotels, hostels and accommodation on the island Don Khon


There are no large tourist resorts in the Islands Si Phan Don, only small hotels and especially bungalows on the river. These bungalow on the Mekong offer fantastic views, a unique feeling to be literally situated above the water of the Mekong River, but we have to say to those who want to stay in a bungalow in Don Khon or any another island of Si Phan Don which is necessary air conditioning, since the sun shines with great force in this part of Southeast Asia, and that logically to be in contact with nature, the small insects and other bugs can make their appearance on the inside of our accommodation.

Hotels, hostels and accommodation on the island Don Khon
Hotels, hostels and accommodation on the island Don Khon


For those travelers who want a hotel with European standards, we recommend you go to the mainland, close to Highway 13 or directly to stay in the city of Pakse.

Note: It is very important when booking accommodation in Don Khong, Don Det or Don Khon Islands make sure that there is combination of ferry or contracted transport, since if the flight is delayed or is not reached in time to catch the boat, you can which is page one night of hotel and not to reach the island.

Restaurants Don Khon Island


The options of where to eat on the island Don Khon are reduced to a quaint local restaurants, entirely of wood where you can try typical Laotian food and also popular Western dishes (pizza, pasta, burgers, etc).

Restaurants on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)
Restaurants on the island Don Khon (Si Phan Don, Laos)

Video of the island Don Khon


This is a video of the island Don Khon while touring these places of Si Phan Don motorcycle.


Video of Don Khon Island

Related to the island Don Khon