Life is but a dream.... Swinging in a Hammock
Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
68Trip End Mar 10, 2009
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We decided to stay on Don Det, which is one of three main inhabited islands on which tourists can stay. Though often compared with Vang Vieng, we think this is very unfair. The island does have tour agents punting adventure activities and a few 'happy shakes', but its main attraction is of palm lined pathways with farmer and fishermen's houses sitting off from the river shore and the main activity vegging.
After settling in we spent the day relaxing in our hammocks reading, writing and sleeping. The second day got all active as we decided the best way to experience this part of the Mekong was in a Kayak. We kayaked passed beautiful scenery with views of typical Laotian village life; naked children laughing as they played in the water; women working the fields protected by full-length shirts and conical hats; massive trees submerged by the high water levels and several smaller islands. Along the way we stopped at 2 waterfalls on any other river, but as this was the Mekong, cascades may be more accurate. The larger of the 2 was Kon Papheng
These animals once ranged the whole Mekong but now number less than 100 individuals and mainly in this calm bay off Cambodia. Their numbers have been decimated by hunters in the past, and now gill nets hamper their recovery. This bay is deep enough and there is a ban on fishing which makes the dolphins sticking around this region wise indeed. They are also interesting in that they can survive in both fresh and salt water. As described in 1 book- 'don't expect flipper moments' but as they broke through the water for air we saw these beautiful serene animals float along the surface for a second or two before disappearing.
We had wanted to stay an extra day in the 4 000 islands but ran out of funds. As the closest cash advance was a 2 hour boat trip away, and our Vietnam visas had started there 1 month count down, we decided it was wise we continued our slow progress through the beautiful South towards Vietnam.
Where I stayed
Mr Phau's Riverside Guesthouse