Four Thousand Islands make Perfect Cents

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Don Khong Guesthouse

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Got myself a return boat ticket to Don Det and Don Khon, a two hours boat ride down south of the Mekong River, for the day. The sights were beautiful, mainly peeking at the back of house of the local community - mothers washing doing their laundry at the river, children bathing in the river and men tending to their vegetable gardens. Life maybe simple but also content. After weaving past some rough turbulence and countless concrete markers, we arrived Don Khon at 11am and commenced cycling to Li Phi falls where the Mekong river starts to get really rough. A reroute to Long Beach which is literally a short beach and made it back to Ban Khon jetty for a lunch that was twice as dear than everywhere else on the mainland. In fact, food on Si Phan Don costed just about twice as much than on mainland.
Boat captain on the return journey tried to convinced me and a swiss national to join another group for a trip to a bigger waterfall, for an extra 40,000 kip. He was not happy when two of us misers refused. We rode to Nakasong, drop off the waterfall group but had to return to Don Khon to "rescue" two passengers whose boat engine died on them. After an hour, we were finally on our way up to Don Khong and had the opportunity to experience a magical sunset over Mekong river while on the Mekong.
Dinner of Chicken Laap at Pan's restaurant was superb and even managed to score a US$12 bus ticket to Kratie, Cambodia. Don Khong Guesthouse was trying to sell me the same ticket for US$15. When you are stretching your dollar, US$12 makes perfect cents!
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