Take it easy or get active
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As if long periods of swinging lazily in a hammock -- punctuated by the excitement of taking a 4-metre plunge into the Mekong River -- weren't enough to occupy anyone, you can also rent an inner tube for 5,000 kip and lazily drifting down the Mekong for a few hours -- people usually start at the northern boat landing or their sunrise-side guesthouse, and go as far as Santiphab on the far side of the French Bridge. Apparently the currents get stronger after that, so it's wise to wrap it up there. You'll have to make arrangements for some one to come down a pick up the tubes if you don't want to haul them back overland.
Kayak rentals are available for 15,000 kip a day.
Every evening before sunset, a boat leaves from the northern landing to take in the view from the water -- US$2 and you get a free Lao Cocktail. Ask at the Khamphong Restaurant.
You can also easily get to Don Khon by crossing the French Bridge, where there are great waterfalls, rusty trains, and the occasional glimpse of an Irrawady dolphin. See Don Khon activities for more info.
From Don Dhet, you can arrange boat trips to the 'big waterfall,' Khong Phapheng, about 10km further down the Mekong river for US$6. A raft trip to Li Phi and Khong Phapheng, include lunch, a guide and a ride over some grade 2 and 3 rapids, go for US$10 per person.
It's also possible to book other tours: Elephant riding in Ban Khiet Ngong, mountain bike treks, etc., and if there's something in particular you want to do, someone will be willing to hook you up for the right price.
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