4000 Islands, Laos
The 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) is a riverine archipelago located in the Mekong River, Champasak Province in southern Laos. Si Phan Don is characterised by numerous islands, half of which are submerged when the Mekong River is in flood. The principle islands of Si Phan Don are Don Khong (the largest), and Don Det and Don Khon.
Khong Island is noted for its natural beauty and is a growing tourist destination. Many tourists combine their visit to the island with a visit to nearby Don Det and Don Khon islands, where it is possible to view the Khone Phapheng Falls.
Things to See & Do
* Freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins
* Khone Phapheng Falls
* Don Khong Island
* Don Det – Don Khon narrow gauge railway – remains of the first railway in Laos
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Kip (LAK)
Language – Lao
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus seven hours
International Country Telephone Code – +856
Travel Links - Don Khong can be reached from Pakse by public or tourist bus, or by riverboat. It can also be reached via the main Route 13 from Cambodia to the south. Passenger ferries run to the main town of Muang Khong (on the islands' east cost) from Hai Xay Khoun on the mainland. Car ferries also operate from the mainland town of Hat to Na, which is close to Muang Khong.