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Don Det - 4000 Islands at the Southern tip of Laos


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Between Laos and Cambodia we stopped for a day at Don Det, in Laos' 4000 islands. The island is a few kilometers across, and near the ferry docks are hotels and bungalows while further from the tourists there is a small farming village. The half-hour boat across has nice scenery, not too different from Canada's 1000 islands (just 4 times more islands)
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We took a long walk and crossed into the next island over, Don Khong, across the only railway bridge the French ever built in Laos, which has more trees and a waterfall.
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A large and hungry group of piglets. So cute.
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All in all our 4000 islands experience was pretty nice. The food options are pretty limited and there isn't too much to do, but we had a bungalow with concrete walls for $3.50 (they are available, on the waterfront, from $2.50 with thatch bamboo walls). The island doesn't have much beach and the water is a bit murky, but with a bit of walking it would certainly be possible to have a section of beach or even a small island to oneself.

From there we crossed into Cambodia. Since it was a weekend the Laos customs officers charged "overtime". I don't know if that means the government doesn't pay them, or just that they like to charge bribes. They were initially asking for $3 per person, but after 20 minutes of negotiations someone on the bus got them down to $1 per person. At the Cambodian side it was similar but seemed more legitimate: there are 3 steps to getting a visa, and each costs $1 per person.
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Posted by chrisvasil 07:17 Archived in Laos Tagged tourist_sites

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