Don Khone is part of the Si Phan Don region, commonly known as the 4,000 islands in the Mekong River. The name 4,000 islands comes from the Mekong River spreading itself out through many routes and therefore forming an area of river islands.
Don Khone is one of the larger islands within the 4,000 islands and is attached by a bridge to another inhabited island called Don Det. Don Det has a reputation as a bit of a backpacker haven whereas it is said that you can get more of a genuine Laos experience on Don Khone. For this reason I decided to head to Don Khone. The choice of accommodation in Don Khone is definitely more upmarket and some of the buildings as you walk around are simply stunning – French Colonial buildings.
To explore Don Khone grab a bicycle and head off for the day where you can visit Li Phi Falls, or Somphamit Falls (largest cascade of volume of water in SEA). To visit Somphamit Falls you need to make your way across a slightly scare suspended bridge but it is well worth the heart pumping walk across the bridge.
The 4,000 islands are also well known for the very rare Irrawady Dolphin so keep your eyes peeled when exploring as they sometimes do just pop up – keep your camera ready!
The 4,000 islands is an amazing part of Laos and I highly recommend visiting and staying on Don Khone. You can spend your days exploring the countryside, talking to locals, cycling, boating, visiting waterfalls or you can lie in a hammock for days on end navel gazing. There is also a beach on Don Khone and sometimes you may find yourself bathing in the river with Water Buffalo.
I recommend definitely taking a boat out as it is so picturesque. The islands have coconut palms and flame trees and the size of the “islands” vary so much. You could definitely lose a day just cruising around the boat checking out this beautiful part of the world. If you are in a boat you also have a much better chance of spotting the Irrawady Dolphin.
Don Khone is a place where you could go for 2 days and find yourself staying for 2 weeks if relaxation and chilling out with a nice slow pace and no pressure to do anything is what you are looking for.