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Khone Pa Soi Waterfall

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While day-trippers and tour groups visit Li Phi waterfall in droves, few make the extra effort to get to Khone Pa Soi, a smaller, harder to reach set of falls accessed via the east coast of Don Khon. The falls are created as one branch of the Mekong is funnelled between a small isle and larger Don Chom.

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Upon arriving there is a lovely restaurant overlooking the river, worth earmarking for a post-wander refreshment. Cross the dodgy suspension bridge from which you can grab a photo or two of the raging, boiling waters—hang onto that camera because a slip of the fingers and it’s well on its way to Cambodia. This channel was the so-called “Teak Way”. The French funnelled timber down to the port at the tip of the island so it could be loaded onto vessels destined for Cambodia and Vietnam.

The teak way. Photo taken in or around Khone Pa Soi Waterfall, Don Khon, Laos by Cindy Fan.

The teak way. Photo: Cindy Fan

Across the bridge, head 200 metres towards the sound of the roar on the east side of the isle. Do keep track of your track, as the paths are overgrown and it is easy to get disoriented.

Back at the parking, a sign also points to “Khane Paksy waterfall Area History France 100 m”. A short bridge and path leads to another vantage of the “Teak Way” rapids and the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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