As the Mekong River passes through Champasak Province in Southern Laos, it splits into hundreds of rivulets and forms what is known as the 4,000 Islands. It is an area of stunning scenic beauty as the waterways form these thousands of islands. Khone Island, or Don Khone as it is known, is arguably the most beautiful of these. It is absolutely unspoilt and a delightful place to visit. It is connected to Don Det by a bridge. The accommodation on Don Det is cheaper and popular with backpackers. Don Khone, on the other hand, is more up market and as such not as busy.
On the Northwest corner of the island in an area known as the Devil’s Corridor you will find the beautiful Li Phi waterfall. It is a very picturesque spot but not recommended for swimming. Just to the south though, is a splendid beach which whilst not very sandy is perfectly safe for bathers. On the eastern side of the island there is another set of waterfalls which, whilst not as spectacular as Li Phi, are worth a visit. A suspension bridge carries pedestrians over the gorge on the approach. There is a good restaurant here also.
One of the main attractions in this area has the be the presence of the famous Irrawaddy Dolphins. These rare creatures were until a few years ago in danger of extinction, due to entanglement in fishing nets. Conservation measures, including compensating fishermen for giving up areas, brought them back from the brink. Although called river dolphins they are in fact a breed of sea dolphins, that thrive in the brackish water here. They are a wonderful sight to behold in the Mekong River.
The main attraction though, of the island itself, is that there aren’t any attractions. There are a few small bars and restaurants and not a lot else. If peace tranquility and stunning scenic beauty are your thing, Don Khone is the place for you.