Photo: Big skies, Don Kho.

Don Kho Island, Ban Saphai and Wat Chompet

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Just 17 km north of Pakse and only accessible by boat, the small rural Mekong island of Don Kho whisks visitors back in time.

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The traditional way of life persists here, remarkable given its proximity to Laos’ second largest city. Locals rely on growing rice, fishing and weaving, a craft that the village has become known for.

Just a quick boat trip away. Photo taken in or around Don Kho Island, Ban Saphai and Wat Chompet, Pakse, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Just a quick boat trip away. Photo: Cindy Fan

Legend has it that the island was originally settled 400 years ago by a group of families from Attapeu. Looking around the island today, it's hard to believe that during the French colonial era it was the first administrative centre of Champasak, serving for a decade before it was moved to Pakse. Known then as Khokavin, Don Kho’s protected location was ideal and French ships venturing up from Don Dhet to Savannakhet would make a pitstop at ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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