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Li Phi Waterfall

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Li Phi Waterfall, also called Somphamit Waterfall, is one of the highlights of the 4,000 Islands and it’s a good reason to peel yourself out of the hammock.

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The impressive falls are accessed via the western coast of Don Khon. The roaring rapids are formed by a branch of the Mekong squeezing between the small isles of Don La and Don Siniat, a torrent of water pouring over massive boulders. You’ll also spot bamboo fishing traps amongst the smaller rapids. Speaking of traps, keep behind the barriers—Li Phi means “ghost/spirit trap” and a slip from the boulders will easily explain why.

Muddy waters... Photo taken in or around Li Phi Waterfall, Don Khon, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Muddy waters... Photo: Cindy Fan

They are sometimes referred to as the “small falls”, this in comparison to Si Phan Don’s other attraction, the monstrous Khone Pha Pheng waterfall, but one glance at these so called small falls and you’ll understand the big problem the French had in creating a passage between ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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