Si Phan Don means Four Thousand Islands, and is a 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.
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 organised 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: You can stay on three islands namely, Don Det, Don Khon and Don Khong. Each island has its own flavour. Don Khong has a number of up-market hotels and resorts in Ban Muang Khong. 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.
What to bring: Time to relax, sun protection, swimsuit, please see → Do’s and Don’ts. Respect the local culture and dress appropriately when walking through the village.