Khone Falls Phaphen Don Khon Island, the largest island in Si Phan Don (4000 islands in the Mekong), southern Laos on the border with Cambodia. Khone Phapheng Falls water are the largest in Southeast Asia

Khone Phapheng Falls

One of the biggest attractions of the 4000 islands of the Mekong in southern Laos near the border with Cambodia, are the Khone Phapheng falls. It's a water falls with a length of almost 10 kilometers, which becomes the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia to Khone Phapheng.



Information Phapheng Khone Falls


Located in full the Champasak province, a couple of hours by road from Pakse, Khone Phapheng, also called the Asia Niágara falls, we have without doubt one of the greatest tourist attractions of the Island Don Khon, the largest island of Si Phan Don (the Mekong 4000 Islands) close to Cambodia.

Khone Phapheng Falls (Si Phan Don, Laos)
Khone Phapheng Falls (Si Phan Don, Laos)


Falls near Pakse Phapheng
Falls near Pakse Phapheng

Due to the strong flow of water, rocks and natural obstacles is part of the Mekong River is grade, although the French for years tried unsuccessfully to enable a route to the sea of China.
In the area of the Khonephaphen falls is terminamente forbidden to bathe (for a swim better Somphamit waterfalls).

Informational sign at Khone Phapheng Falls
Informational sign at Khone Phapheng Falls

The water that travels these waterfalls of southern Laos, continue their way along the Mekong River to Cambodia. Because of its beauty, the locals called these falls as the jewel of the Mekong, foreigners call this place Asia's Niagara falls.

Khone waterfall Phapheng
Khone waterfall Phapheng


Facts Phapheng Khone Falls


In its highest part, the water falls from a height of 21 meters. The Rocky area of rapids extends nearly 10 kilometers. The average flow is 11.000 m 3/s, but during the rainy season, this flow is multiplied by 4 reaching the 49,000 m 3 / s, making the falls in the most violent of Southeast Asia falls.

Khone Phapheng
Phapheng Khone, Don Khone, Laos

In this area of the Mekong inhabit the famous Dolphin sweet Irrawaddy dolphins (Irrawaddy Dolphins or Pah Kha), as well as giant catfish and catfishes.

Waterfalls in 4000 islands of the Mekong
Waterfalls in 4000 islands of the Mekong


Falls Pakse and Si Phan Don


Although Phapheng Khone Falls are not as showy as cataracts Bolaven Plateau are one of the most visited places in the surroundings of Pakse and of course point of must-see on any tourist tour the Mekong 4000 islands.

Khone Phapheng Falls 4000 Islands
Khone Phapheng Falls 4000 Islands


The Legend of Khone Phapheng Falls


The Laotian people and the Thais believe that these waters are a natural protection that traps the evil spirits that roam the area.

Khone Phapheng Falls
Cataract Phapheng Khone, Laos


Khonephapheng falls
Khonephapheng falls, Laos


Don Hydro Dam Sahong


Very close to the falls Khone Phapheng has be designed the Don Sahong dam of 30 metres which aims to provide electricity, however many voices rise up against because of the large environmental impact that will have its construction, e.g. preventing the migration of Irrawaddy dolphins.

Khone Falls at Si Phan Don Phapheng
Khone Falls at Si Phan Don Phapheng


The complex of waterfalls Khonephapheng


The complex has been built next to the Khone Phapheng Falls is relatively extensive. It consists of a few restaurants and cafes, and a small market stalls, a lovely walk in the countryside and a viewpoint where we can drink while we contemplate with unbeatable views Phapheng Khone Falls in all its glory.

Main access to the Khone Phapheng Falls


The small road that leads to Don Khon Khone Phapheng Falls through the main entrance, unequivocal sign that we have not lost.

Access Phapheng Khone Falls
Access Phapheng Khone Falls


Khone locker Phapheng


Once left behind the main entrance, the road ends at the entrance and box office Phapheng Khone, where you can buy the ticket to get inside the complex.

Khonephapheng falls Laos
Khonephapheng falls Laos

Entrance to the Khone Phapheng Falls
Entrance to the Khone Phapheng Falls


Walks and paths Khone Phapheng


The cataracts of Khonephapheng are immersed in nature and Laos and wanted to preserve this place. Although the road is perfectly defined, we are in the midst of nature surrounded by plants and flowers, with the shocking sound of water breaking on rocks background.

Khone Phapheng Falls
Khone Phapheng Falls


The Khone Falls lookout Phapheng


One of the best places to take photos of the Khone Phapheng Falls safely is the viewpoint. Here is a scale model of the falls, and a place where they sell coffee, soft drinks and nibbles.

Mirador in the Khone Phapheng Falls (Don Khon, Laos)
Mirador in the Khone Phapheng Falls (Don Khon, Laos)


Shops and market the Khone Phapheng Falls


Although Luang Prabang is the best place to shop in Laos, on the way out of Phapheng Khone Falls is a small market with stalls where handicrafts and souvenirs of this part of Laos are sold.

Shops and market in the Khone Phapheng Falls
Shops and market in the Khone Phapheng Falls


The Khone Falls restaurants Phapheng


There are several restaurants and cafes in Phapheng Khone where we can eat or stop along the way to enjoy this quiet place of Laos. One of the cheapest restaurant Khone Phapheng complex is next to the market. The restaurant and coffee shop are located next to the front door have a higher price.

Khone Falls Restaurant Phapheng
Khone Falls Restaurant Phapheng

In this restaurant you can taste the typical Laotian food for very little money.

Khone Falls Restaurant Phapheng
Khone Falls Restaurant Phapheng


Opening hours and entrance fee to the Khone Phapheng Falls


Khone Phapheng falls are open every day of the week from 08:00 to 17:00 hours uninterruptedly. The price of the ticket are 30,000 kip per person (approximately 3€). The ticket is valid only on the day, purchased directly at the box office which is at the entrance to the Khone Phapheng falls.

Khone Phapheng Falls
Khone Phapheng falls, Laos

Video of the Khone Phapheng Falls


Here you have the video of the breathtaking Khone Phapheng Falls (Don Khon, Laos), where you can see the size and water flow.


Video of the Khone Phapheng Falls


Getting to the Khone Phapheng Falls


The Khone Phapheng falls are located in This of the island Don Khone, the largest island of Phan Don (4000 islands of the Mekong). Reaching the falls is relatively easy, the problem is to get to the island Don Khon.

From Pakse, a van can take or mini-bus to the ferry to Don Khon, the price is 60,000 kip (approximately 6€), the ferry to the island Don Khon are 15,000 kip (about 1€). Once in the island Don Khon well can rent a bike for 10,000 kip (1€), rent a scooter by 90,000 kip (9€), or hire some Lao with a motorcycle with sidecar driver (no taxis or rental cars). A good option is to hire a tour from Pakse by 370,000 kip (32€) which runs highlights of Phan Don (including the) Li Phi Falls) And return to Pakse in the same day.


Related Phapheng Khone Falls

  • Pakse Pakse City, the starting point for visiting Si Phan Don (4000 Islands) and Khone Phapheng
  • Si Phan Don 4000 Islands of the Mekong River, south of Pakse route to Cambodia
  • Li Phi Falls also called cataracts Somphamit, visiting prominent Si Phan Don (4000 islands)
  • Savannakhet General tourist information and the colonial city of Savannakhet