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Idyllic Don Khone, Laos
Don Khone is an island in the middle of the Mekong just on the border between Laos and Cambodia. There’s 4000 Islands here and many waterfalls, which make it impossible to navigate the Mekong beyond this point, so the French built a railway across the island in the 1800’s. It’s long gone but a locomotive was rescued from the jungle a few years ago and the old track and ties form a fence in front of the school. It’s a great place to relax for a few days, riding bikes around the islands and eating incredibly flavourful Lao food. We go back three times to one restaurant for their fish in banana leaves. Don Khone is the quieter cousin of Don Det which has more of a party atmosphere and is a few km north. The islands are connected by an old railway bridge. Both are a short boat ride from Ban Nakasong on the Lao mainland. Accommodation ranges from $4 to $50 with very comfortable bungalows with A/C available for $20 a night.
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Four Thousand Islands
Laos may be a landlocked country but there is a Four Thousand Islands! Along the Mekong River, on the Southern-most part of Laos, is Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don). Pick one of the many little islands where you can stay in your own little hut or relax on your hammock out on the porch. During the day, explore the island and experience the island/village life while admiring the beautiful view. At night, the island gets pitch black, but come in the month of May and see the amazing lightening show.
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