Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)

Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mini-van from Champasak to the island cost 70,000 kip and again there was a 10,000 kip charge for the boat to get to the island (Mr. Phoumy is the boat owner).  If the bus lets you off at the normal ferry crossing, the boat will only be 5,000 kip. Among all the islands it seems that Khong Island and  Don Det are the most popular/visited islands.  Khong Island seems to attract people who are looking for some quiet relaxing time while Don Det appeals to those that want to soak in the sun and the beer and tubing is also very popular there. It doesn't get much more relaxed than Khong Island where I was.  There is really no beach and even if there was, the water is very polluted and not appealing although the local bath here as well as the water buffaloes. Again, I rented a bike and biked to the country side and enjoyed some nice views  and villages.

Any Canadians visiting this island and craving a Tim Horten's coffee, it can be had at the Mekong Guesthouse. On one of my morning search of a good coffee I also met this great lady (Mali) and her husband.  She is originally from Laos but is now a Canadian citizen and spends her summers in Canada and winters on this island. She also has a guesthouse named Maliguesthouse ( or email:  She invited me in her home for breakfast and I was treated to great fresh french baguette with peanut butter and jam (my favorite treat)  as well as cream cheese and all the coffee I could drink. What a treat and what a lovely lady.  She also had me visit the guesthouse which I must say is very nice and soooo clean.  So anyone going to the island and looking for a mid-range accomodation this one is great.

Another amazing story was shared by another lady travelling solo.  I met her at the Champasak ruins.  She approached me to tell me that she had lost her camera so if I found one to let her know.  So I did keep my eyes open when I was biking back to town but did not see anything.  I ran into her again on the island and asked her if she had found her camera.  Well, she had just received a call from the owner of the guesthouse where she had stayed telling her that someone had found her camera and handed it in to the police station. Amazing but not surprising as this is again proof of the Laos spirit and their honesty . We also spent a lovely evening sharing travelling stories over diner.  Stayed out a little bit late and experienced how dark in can get without street lights!!!  Although this island does have electricity many of the islands do not.

I also booked a 1 day tour to visit the island as well as Don Det. Must say that the tour was not great as it seems to be more for transportation than anything else.  Did not really get to see Don Det except by boat on the way back to the island.  It seems that after reaching the destination more time was spent having lunch and then it was time to return.  The only one that seemed to be pushing any tours and making it happen is Mr. Phoumy who seems to be working (or might also be an owner!!) with the fellow at Villa Kang-Khong (mobile 856-202403315)

Booked the mini-bus back to Pakse.  What I can't understand is how it has cost me 130,000 kip to get to the island but the bus ticket back to Pakse is only 50,000!!!!!!
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