In the days of French rule of Vietnam, the frogs established a railway running across the island to avoid navigating trading goods up the Mekong through the dreaded Li Phi straits. After the French left, this trade route fell out of use, but the tracks still line the island.
4,000 Years of Solace December 23rd 2008 We loved our time on Don Det, one of the 4,000 islands near the Lao/Cambodian border. We had little electricity but lots of time. Lots of puppies, kittens, children, baby chicks, buffalo calfs- every form of life possible seemed to be hatching, scurrying across sandy bike paths (only roads on the islands), and napping in the bushes underfoot. Saw roaring rapids and melted into hammocks. Played Sc ... read more
Asia » Laos » South » Don Det Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathe... ... read more