Si Phan Don means four thousand Islands, and is an unique river archipelago situated in the Mekong River near the Cambodian border. It is a place to unwind and experience traditional river-side village life. Here you can truly embark on a different rhythm of life.
Immerse yourself in the local pace of life, cycle through the traditional fishing villages or walk through rice paddies and explore the stunning waterfalls. Kayak along the Mekong to spot the rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins, or simply relax in a hammock while watching local fishermen artistically throw their nets out during the magical sunsets that occur most evenings in this part of the world.
If you wish to delve deeper into local life, go on a Mekong River Life excursion and experience the local culture. For those of you interested in history, there are remnants from French colonial times that can be discovered and can inform you about the past. The Four Thousand Islands is a truly serene place, so come and stay.
How to get there:
If you want to go by public transport, buses and tourist minivans leave daily from Pakse in the morning to Muang Khong and Ban Nakasang. There are also songthaews, local semi-open buses, from the Southern Bus Terminal. From Cambodia there is a daily bus connection and organized transport by minivan. If you prefer private transport you can rent a car with a driver or book a tour with a travel agent. At Ban Nakasang, you can take a boat to one of the islands, and the boatmen can drop you at the guesthouse of your choice.
Where to stay:
There are three islands, Don Det, Don Khon and Don Khong where you can stay. Each island has its own flavour. Don Khong has a number of up-market hotels and resorts in and is located more up North from the other two islands. Don Khon is a quiet island with a mix of mid-to-upmarket accommodation. Don Det is known for attracting young backpackers with relatively cheap bungalows. Don Khon and Don Det are linked with a bridge.
What to bring:
Time to relax, sun protection, swimsuit, please see Do’s and Don’ts under the Facts section. Respect the local culture and dress appropriately when walking through the village.
The Four Thousand Islands - some facts:
Only 33 islands are inhabited, the smallest settlement being on Don Xang with only a few families. The biggest island is Don Khong with a length of 24km and a width of 8km. The island contains 114 villages.