A nice view of Siphandon Island as the sun is setting
(KPL) Siphandon, referred to as the 4,000 islands, is well-known as an impressive tourism destination because of the stunning scenery along the Mekong River, the intriguing local lifestyle and the massive waterfalls that never cease to amaze.
Don Det is one of the small islands of Siphandon. It is located in the southernmost part of Laos, and is well known for both domestic and foreign tourists.
Over one hundred visitors visit Don Det per day, according to a local authority in Nakasang village, Khong District, Champassak Province. Don Khong is the biggest island.
To travel to Don Det, one can take a 145-kilometre bus ride from Pakse, the capital of Champassack province, to Nakasang village, Khong District. The bus fare is 60,000 kip per person. From Nakasang, one has to take a boat to Don Det, which costs 15,000 kip per person including a bicycle, according to Ms Paphaisone Phaboliboun, a tourist guide.
The most impressive parts of my trip were watching the beautiful Don Det sunsets, the local fishing, and the lifestyles of locals. These pictures will always remain with me.
The other place that visitors do not miss is Khonphapheng waterfall, a pearl of the Mekong River and a must-see when visiting Siphandon, Ms Paphaisone told me. The waterfall is the largest in Southeast Asia and is the main reason that the Mekong is not fully navigable into China.