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Kayaking the 4,000 Islands

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An excellent and varied day tour by kayak is a favourite day trip in Laos' 4,000 Islands. It combines kayaking, dolphin spotting and two waterfalls. Not only is it economical, it is simply not possible to do it on your own.

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The tours usually use two-man kayaks, and those new to the sport can pair up with the guide. It’s straightforward paddling on the river but no rapids or whitewater. Trips from Don Dhet start with a leisurely practice paddle down stream to the bridge where the kayaks are loaded onto a truck and taken down stream, thus avoiding Li Phi waterfall.

Don’t forget a hat. Photo taken in or around Kayaking the 4,000 Islands, Don Dhet, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Don’t forget a hat. Photo: Cindy Fan

Tours may vary, however, the classic trip starts with a photo opp at a waterfall before launching on a sandy beach. They may have waterproof containers for your belongings but take minimum gear and use your own personal dry bag you know is reliable for anything you want to ensure remains dry. The first section heads down a scenic, narrow channel between Don Khon and the mainland before it merges with the main channel of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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