On the island of Don Khon, southern Laos near the border with Cambodia are the Somphamit Li Phi falls or cataracts. Information, schedule, ticket price and how to get to the falls Somphamit also called Li Phi Falls

Somphamit - Li Phi Falls

Together with Khone Phapheng Falls Somphamit waterfalls (also called Li Phi falls) are the most impressive water falls of Don Khon, the island's largest surface area of Phan Don (4000 islands of the Mekong).



Somphamit falls / Li Phi falls information


Although the most famous waterfalls of Don Khon are Khone Phapheng Falls Somphamit waterfalls also have a most beautiful and romantic, air that is possible to bathe in a conditioned area for this (the so-called beach of Li Phi). Although his name is Somphamit popularly these falls are known in Laos as Li Phi.

Li Phi Falls on the island Don Khon (Laos)
Li Phi Falls on the island Don Khon (Laos)

Somphamit waterfalls are located to the West of the island Don Khone, just half a mile from the bridge that connects the Islands Don Det and Don Khon. Li Phi falls have flow throughout the year, but certainly during the rainy season, or at the end of the monsoon is when most spectacular is this natural spot.

Somphamit Falls (Don Khon, Laos)
Somphamit Falls (Don Khon, Laos)

More than a waterfall, Li Phi can be described as a succession of rapids in the river. The most spectacular part of the Somphamit falls is a small wooden bridge during the rainy season, is completely overwhelmed and traversed by Li Phi Falls. As seen in the picture, some intrepid fishermen throwing atraven traps to catch fish.

Li Phi Falls in Laos
Li Phi Falls in Laos

Legend of the Falls Somphamit


Legend has it that in 14th century a monk was sent to Laos by mandate of King of Cambodia to expand Buddhism in the Lao lands. They decided to build a temple on the island Don Khon, North of Somphamit waterfalls. After finishing the construction of the temple (is believed to be the current Temple Don Khon Vat Phoun), the monks brought from the temples of Angkor a huge statue of Buddha, making use of 3 ships used mooring to carry the heavy statue. To reach the falls, a huge swirl of water broke the moorings of ships and swallowed the statue of Buddha, since he then referred to this place as Somphamit.

Somphamit falls in Don Khon island (Laos)
Somphamit falls in Don Khon island (Laos)


Precautions Li Phi Falls


The road that borders the Li Phi falls is dangerous, it's a path of stones, weeds and land with the closeness to the waterfall, the entire route is wet and slippery. As protections we have only a battered wooden railing that does great security. Best to follow the advice of the posters and not to bring in excess nor do either no nonsense if we don't want to end up in the water of Somphamit waterfalls.

Li Phi Falls Laos
Li Phi Falls Laos

The setting of cataract Somphamit


Almost as spectacular as the waterfall itself itself is the natural environment surrounding the Somphamit cataracts. The walk to traverse all points of Li Phi Falls are nature trails that traverse a path through the tree branches.

Stroll or Li Phi Falls Somphamit
Stroll or Li Phi Falls Somphamit

Wooden bridges that cross the river and although at first glance do not transmit large files, are strong enough to support the weight of the passengers.

Bridge over the river of Li Phi Falls
Bridge over the river of Li Phi Falls


Somphamit - Li Phi Falls
Somphamit - Li Phi Falls

After touring all the promenade skirting the Somphamit waterfalls, we reach an area of rest and recreation named Li Phi beach. Best of all, are the small bungalow open or cabins in the open air.

Wooden bungalow in Somphamit falls - Li Phi falls
Bungalows in Somphamit Falls - Li Phi falls

In the interior of the huts, which are public and free use, there are a few hammocks to rest, relax and enjoy the excellent views of the Somphamit waterfalls.

Hammocks in Li Phi Falls / Somphamit falls
Hammocks in Li Phi Falls / Somphamit falls


Beach Li Phi Falls


Throughout the course of Li Phi Falls will see a curious carte like this, announcing the Somphamit Beach cataracts.

Sandy Li Phi Falls - Somphamit falls
Li Phi Falls beach - Somphamit falls

Li Phi beach is located at the other end of the main entrance, at a distance of 5 minutes walking (just behind the bungalows).

Sandy Li Phi Falls (Don Khon, Laos)
Sandy Li Phi Falls (Don Khon, Laos)

Arriving at the famous beach of cataracts Somphamit we just begun Caribbean waters and white sand, but the famous beach is just a quiet part of the river where we can take a bath.

Playa de las Cataratas Somphamit (Don Khon, Laos)
Playa de las Cataratas Somphamit (Don Khon, Laos)


Opening hours and admission price to Somphamit falls (Li Phi Falls)


Somphamit waterfalls are open every day of the week from 08:00 to 17:00 hours uninterruptedly. The price of the ticket are 25,000 kip per person (approximately 2€). The ticket is valid only on the day, purchased directly at the box office which is at the entrance to the Li Phi falls.

Entrance ticket to Li Phi Falls
Entrance ticket to Li Phi Falls

Video of Somphamit falls (Li Phi Falls)


A graphic example of the beauty and magnificence of Somphamit falls (Li Phi Falls) on the island Don Khon Lao.


Video of the Somphamit / Li Phi Falls


Getting to Somphamit falls (Li Phi Falls)


Cataracts Li Phi or Somphamit waterfalls are on the side West of the island Don Khon(4000 islas deel Mekong), 700 metres from the bridge that connects the island Don Khon with the island Don Det. The island Don Khon is small, with little traffic and few roads, ideal for touring by bicycle, the problem arises on reaching the island Don Khon.

From Pakse, there are vans / mini-bus to the ferry jetty destination to Don Khon costing 60,000 kip (6€), the ferry to the island Don Khon are 15,000 kip (1€). Once Don best is to rent a bike for 10,000 kip (1€) or a motorcycle with or without driver, the bike rental are 90,000 kip (9€). As alternative you can hire a tour from Pakse by 370,000 kip (32€) which runs highlights of Phan Don (including the) Khone Phapheng Falls) And return to Pakse in the late afternoon.



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