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Don Khong or Don Khon?

Posted by EdSue on 12/9/2010 at 23:48

We are two oldies (but well travelled) planning to visit the 4,000 islands in Feb 2011 for 4 nights. Is this too long? After browsing many websites we are now totally confused about where to stay! We are prepared to pay a bit more than average for some comforts and a peaceful stay in beautiful surroundings, but have heard horror stories about nightly 'raves' and aggro between islands.

Has anyone any recent experiences of visiting the islands and can give us some advice or tell us of your experiences?

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Posted by travellingsarah on 13/9/2010 at 10:30 TF writer

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We were on Don Det in January this year. I don't know if that's low season or what but it was pretty quiet with definitely no nightly 'raves' - and we were looking for action! There were a lot people around but it seemed much more about just chilling than partying. When I got there I was surprised that people had raved so much about it and had stayed so long, but it's very easy to relax into doing nothing and we ended up spending 8 nights there. We didn't go to Don Khong but friends of ours who did said it was really quiet and older than Don Det.

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Posted by tinoh on 13/9/2010 at 15:48

If you want to party with other westerners go to Don Khon or Don Det. For more peace and quiet go to Don Khong . We stayed on Don Khong this april for three nights. You have a varied selection of hotels, cheaper ones and some really nice looking expensiver hotels.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 13/9/2010 at 17:17

Definitely visit Don Khon g (the big island). Stay in any of the guesthouses at Muang Khong (the main "town" if you can call it that) right along the river. After around 9pm it goes totally quiet and the overall vibe is very tranquil. Good idea to rent a bicycle and tour the island in a low-key way. By comparison I found arrival at Don Det a small slap in the face initially, having to re-enter the homogenous backpacker scene with the usual "No Woman No Cry" soundtrack and "full moon" mentality. That can be fun but not the kind of fun the islands seem best suited for. Actually Don Khon can be good too if you stay slightly away from the bridge that joins it with Don Det. 2 nights Don Khong 2 nights Don Khone is basically what I did last time.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 13/9/2010 at 17:22 TF writer

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Agreed Don Det does have a backpacker scene vibe about it which doesn't suit everyone - although I certainly didn't pick up any full moon mentality. But I can't compare with any of the other islands: we planned to move to one of the others but it's very easy to get stuck when you've got a hammock, a good book and a bottle or so of whisky.

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Posted by mikal83 on 21/9/2015 at 08:25

resurrected as we have a ??


T fish mentions a Pans Place but we can only see 3 others with a pan but no "place" Any hoo.......looking at a nice, (read cheapish) place to stay for maybe 2/3 nights on D Khong. Can any one out there rec one SVP?

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Posted by mikal83 on 21/9/2015 at 10:08

Cant edit the above post as I put Don KhonG instead of Don Khon.........the southerly island NOT the northern one......DOH!

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Posted by mooball on 25/9/2015 at 21:40 TF writer

When you say you can't see Pan's Place, what do you mean? I'm assuming you're on the island right now... So I guess you mean that you can't find any trace of it online other on TF??? If that's what you mean, I get it. Basically, most accommodation down that way is not listed on hotel booking sites. You either call or email in advance or simply roll up.

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Posted by mikal83 on 26/9/2015 at 03:31

Still in the UK, we fly tomorrow for BKK.

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