Photo: The island's gorgeous interior.

Don Daeng

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Across the Mekong river from Champasak and only accessible by boat, Don Daeng island will delight visitors with its bucolic scenery, languid pace and car-free pathways.

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The island is part of the UNESCO World Heritage recognised “cultural landscape” that encompasses Wat Phu and Um Tomo. Ten villages and almost just as many temples dot its edges while the centre is largely given over to rice fields. Life here remains traditional and authentic, chiefly revolving around the river, rice and religion. It’s worth stopping at a couple of wats and the ancient stupa in the middle but the main attraction is simply the atmosphere.

Just another day on the boat to Don Daeng. Photo taken in or around Don Daeng, Champasak, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Just another day on the boat to Don Daeng. Photo: Cindy Fan

A single bumpy trail follows the circumference of the island while a single road runs east-west right through the middle. The most fitting way to explore is by foot or bicycle. Those short on time can bring a motorbike, though you’ll find that buzzing around is completely out of sync with the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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