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Things to do on Don Dhet

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The top pastime on Don Dhet is lying in a hammock and the most that people exert themselves is when trying to reach for their beer. If you do tire of napping or staring hypnotically at the river, the island has a few activities to get moving.





The main activity is to take a walk or grab a bicycle and explore. Get away from the ugly ramshackle of backpacker bungalows to discover the scenic side of the island with its edges lined with swaying palms and centre occupied by rice fields. While many aspects of traditional Lao culture have been suffocated by mass tourism, some families continue to grow rice and the paddies are extremely photogenic during the rainy season. A dirt track runs along both sides of the island, the east side until the historic French bridge to Don Khon, and some paths also cut through the middle to the bridge. Crossing costs 35,000 kip and it includes admission to Li Phi waterfall.

Get your own wheels. Photo taken in or around Things to do on Don Dhet, Don Dhet, Laos by Stuart McDonald.

Get your own wheels. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Exploring much larger Don Khon for a day is highly recommended. Tourist accommodation is isolated to a kilometre of riverbank leaving the rest of the island undeveloped and less affected by mass tourism. It has most of the 4,000 Islands’ notable sights such as Li Phi waterfall, a must for the falls and for the excellent beach hangout, and less busy Khone Pa Soi waterfall. Take some time to see vestiges of French colonial ambition. Seven kilometres of rail once transversed both islands and it was the only true railway ever built in Laos. It’s possible to see two locomotives and ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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