After literally traveling by air, land and sea (well, river), I arrived in Don Khon, part of Si Phan Don, the "4,000 Islands" that sit in the middle of the Mekong in Southern Laos.
I rented a bike, and set out to explore the dirt roads criss-crossing the island. While attempting to find one of the island's several waterfalls, I came upon these two girls, taking a break from harvesting rice with their family. Rice paddies, interrupted only by small houses and temples, cover the entire island.
After a few days here, you might feel like you never want to leave. I imagine that this place will not stay low on tourists for long...
Getting there: The nearest airport to Si Phan Don in Pakse (flights are available from Siem Riep and Phnom Penh). From there, travel by hired car or bus to Champasak. Then, hop onto a boat and flow downstream for about 40 minutes.
I stayed at Seng Ahloune Guest House, and they helped arrange my journey from Pakse all the way to the island.