The largest and most untouched of the inland islands of Si Phan Don (the Four Thousand Islands) in Laos, Don Khong is civilised, serene and a sight to behold. Near the border with Cambodia, this lovely island caters for the traveller who is in need of a rest and where the main activity for the day may be having a coffee and talking to some locals. There is little else to do. The island is essentially very rustic and has only fairly recently gained 24-hour electricity so there is a gentle, peaceful air which lends itself to the striking scenery of thousands of small islets and Mekong river fishermen.
There are two towns on the island, the provincial capital of Muang Khong where the majority of accommodation and restaurants are located and Muang Saen on the opposite side of the island. The two are separated by a dusty 8km track which is best enjoyed by renting a bicycle or scooter from the shops on the main street. The restaurants on the island serve incredibly fresh and tasty Mekong river fish and Beer Lao all at affordable prices. For visitors wishing to travel further in the island chain, it is generally only possible to arrange this from Muang Khong.
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