Blogs from Don Det, South, Laos, Asia - page 4


Asia » Laos » South » Don Det May 21st 2012

Located on the Mekongs widest stretch of the river, the emerald green waters welcomed me to days of relaxation in a hamock outside my own bungalow, next to the river. I could have stayed here for days, lying in my hamock with my beer lao sleeping, reading, watching the river, sweating and getting up every hour to take a shower or jump in the cool water. I went and saw the Khon Phapheng Falls (the largest waterfall in south east asia) and Tat Somphamit falls. I went kayaking and cycled around the island visiting the falls and beaches. At night the town came somewhat alive and people came out of their hamocks to chill on the beach and listen to some music next to the fire. I could have stayed here a few more days but ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det May 13th 2012

Laos PDR "Please Dont Rush" really lives up to it's name as we experienced. Seems when it comes to transport in South East Asia we are jynxed. Something always seems to go wrong. Our bus journey from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng got off to a good start with the bus only being half full so we had as much space as we liked. The next 6 hours was like the Bolivia episode of Topgear. Narrow, winding roads through the mountains with a 300ft drop at the edge. We spent the whole journey sliding about our seats and getting whacked with things flying out our bags. At one point the bus just came to a stop behind a queue of buses and trucks. A few people went off the bus to investigate the reason for the ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det May 10th 2012

Vanaf Phnom Penh hebben we de bus naar Si Phan Don gepakt. Ook wel bekend als “ the 4000 Islands” en het ligt helemaal ten zuiden van Laos. Het is een groep eilanden gelegen in de Mekong rivier. Een erg mooi stukje natuur en het is er cheap! Ik had mijn eigen hutje met hangmat voor 30.000kip (3euro). I Like! De eerste dag even lekker bijgekomen van de bus reis, de volgende dag hebben we een kayaktocht gedaan! Erg gaaf, eerst een flink stuk kayakken om vervolgens een mooie waterval te bekijken (Li Phi Falls). Vervolgens weer aantal kilometer kayakken toen we de dolpijnen zagen! In de Mekong zitten nog een aantal van de zeldzamen zoetwater dolfijnen ( The Irrawaddy Dolphin). Ik was helemaal blij dat we ze hadden gezien! Toen lekker lunchen en die had ... read more
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Ik@ Li Phi Falls!
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Asia » Laos » South » Don Det May 5th 2012

4000 Islands - finally! We got picked up from our guesthouse in Paske at 8am (again no aircon in the minibus). As it is with Laos transport, everything takes a while and you have to be patient. We stopped after about 20 mins to pick up a friend of the driver (as we found out after asking him). The friend was obviously in no hurry and leisurely arrived after 40 mins. She then strolled to the bus and took her time getting into the bus. She was oblivious to the 35 angry and very hot tourists. Oh don't you love travelling in Laos??!! The bus driver then tried to convince us that we are booked to go to Don Kong but we told him that we are going to Don Det. When we arrived near the ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det April 29th 2012

After renting bikes for 10000 kip (just over a dollar). Niki and I set out to ride around the island and maybe over the old railway bridge to the next island over. The ride around the island was beautiful. We biked down bamboo fenced lanes, past little riverside bungalows and the quiet homes of the locals. The weather really cooperated with us today and we got some of the first real blue sky we had seen since entering Laos. Its the burning season for the country, which means the locals do controlled burns over small stretches of mountainside to prepare for the next crop season. It also means the sky is generally pretty hazy. Today though it was all blue skies and a nice breeze, perfect for a ride. We did a lap of the island ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det April 25th 2012

Luego de casi 24 horas viajando en 6 diferentes transportes (tren, tuk-tuk, autobús, tuk-tuk, songatew, lancha) llegamos a Don Det, una de las islas de Si Phan Don, mejor conocido como 4000 islas, un grupo de islitas en el río Mekong. Lo mejor que hay para hacer en Don Det es relajarse en una hamaca, y la mayoría de los alojamientos (generalmente bungalows sobre el río, o palafitos para los venezolanos) proveen la facilidad para practicar este deporte; pues nos dedicamos a pasar los días echados en la hamaca contemplando el río y sus islitas, las lanchas que pasaban, un pescador de vez en cuando, los niños locales bañándose y jugando como Dios los trajo al mundo; era tan hermoso y entretenido el panorama que no te podías sentir culpable por haber viajado tan lejos para ... read more
amanecer desde mi hamaca
qué más se puede pedir a la vida?
Don Det

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det April 4th 2012

We set off from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to our 3rd country Laos. After a very long bus journey (again!) we arrived at the border and found it really strange that there was a pricing list for different visas, turns out the English are one of the expensive ones. Plus we had to pay a $2 bribe to the Cambodian police to leave the country then a $2 bribe to enter Laos. We felt like there were alot of bribes! Our first impressions of Laos was good apart from the roads, when we say roads they dont have tarmac on most of them, they consist of alot of sand and random rocks - makes a hell of a ride! We stayed on the Island Don Det which is in the 4000 islands in the Mekong River near ... read more
Birthday Canoeing
Largest waterfall

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det April 2nd 2012

After a very pleasant sleeper bus ride (we slept the entire 10 hour trip). We arrived in Pakse, swapped busses, drive 2 more hours and hopped off at the dock to catch the little long tail boat to take us across to the main island, Don Det. 4000 islands isnt just a name, there are literally 4000 islands in this portion of the Mekong river. And its easy to forget that you are on a river sometimes as it is so massive in places. The tiny village on Don Det that we are staying in is a sleepy place with no night life other than the few bar/restaurants that people pack into at night. Our first night in we found a bungalo for 70,000 kip a night, which seemed a little much but again we were ... read more

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det March 19th 2012

Entering into the country where time goes a lot slower!!! We had to overnight in Kratie again when on the way to Laos and this time we opted for a very cheap 4$ per night room. It was basic but clean so no complains. Seems that Kratie offers cheapest food as well as rooms in Cambodia. We could have gone the same day to Laos but afternoon buses arrive late in the evening at the border and we did not want to pay even higher 'stamping fee' for our crossing. To be honest this whole fee process is a joke. Everybody knows it is illegal payment/bribe for doing nothing but yet no-one complains. People just pay and the worst thing is that last year it was 1$ on each side (from what I have read on ... read more
Don Det village
beautiful Mekong
sunset in Don Det

Asia » Laos » South » Don Det March 19th 2012

Leaving Vientiane, myself & Mel, my new travelling companion, head south; our destination Don Det, part of the 4000 islands in the very South of Laos. However, as I've decided to postpone my visit to Vietnam until April, we have time on our side and decide to explore a bit more of Southern Laos en route. First stop is Kong Lor cave, described in the guide book as "The real Indiana Jones experience" and "Star Trek on LSD"... Its enough to get us excited about it, though neither of us being Star Trek fans, we go with Indiana Jones and frequently burst into singing the theme tune at regular intervals on the bus ride down there, which inevitably always seems to turn into the A-Team theme tune, or sometimes Superman (try it yourself, you'll know what ... read more
The mouth of the caves
Fun in the Caves!
In the back of the Tuk Tuk

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