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Kayaking in southern Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 19/2/2009 at 06:23 admin

Here's a great video of a few kayakers getting out and about in Southern Laos. I'm trying to find out more details about where exactly they were kayaking, but the video is great! Better still, here it is embedded.
Kayaking Laos 2008 from Kayak TV on Vimeo.

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Posted by tf_geckozy on 24/2/2009 at 20:10

Hi!

I don't know all about the places in Video , but i confirmed a scene of kayaking down-streaming at narrow gorge under a “Suspension Bridge” in video showing the place where it is.
It's 100% surely a gogge of west side of “Khone Pa Soi” --a small island east of Don Khone in 4000 islands.
http://www.salalao.com/Sala_phae/Content/NewMap.htm --①(Don Knone, Don Det, Khone Pa Soi map)
http://wiki.worldflicks.org/don_khon,_laos..html#coords=(13.9526445,%20105.927644)&z=14 --②(Don Khone satellite map)
and I'm not sure the scene kayaking falling down the waterfall where it is, but maybe it's also east side of Khone Pa Soi where threre are many small waterfalls.

“Khone Pa Soi” situates between Don Khone and Don Chom on above map①, and you can confirm this island and it's surroundings in details magnifying satellite map② in maximum (maybe you can confirm a susupension bridge and waterfalls & gorges at east side of Knone Pa soi)

This gorge at west side of Khone Pa soi has a beautiful scenery and at the same time a dynamic rapid stream between Don Khone and Khone Pa Soi, and It's length is about 1 km long and a head quite high, so over 100 years ago, French colonist ruled Laos built many enbankments--famous for the name of "French Enbankment" at the entrance of this gorge in upper part for controlling this rapid stream. Those are still remaining at the entrance and uper stream.

As for Kayaking around this small island, it's impossible in dry season now (Jan,Feb, Mar--). before rainy season coming and water lebel rising up and as the result the bottom of gorge and many rocks disappearing under the water.

Bye!

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Posted by Tilapia on 24/2/2009 at 23:39

That's great! Next time I'm going to leave the bike at home and bring my canoe!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 25/2/2009 at 08:18 admin

Have found quite a bit more info about the trip on their website here.

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Posted by somsai on 25/2/2009 at 11:15

Thanks, I've spent a half hour and am favoriting it so I can return for more. Fun reading especially when I can match the words with the parts of the video.

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