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Relaxing on Don Det, 4000 Islands

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I'm not going to do a day by day account of our time on Don Det, because we've done nothing very interesting, even though we ended up staying longer than any other place! So here is a very brief account of our time in paradise:

Don Det is one of the '4000' Islands (if you count random rocks and trees!) in the Mekong on the border between Laos and Cambodia. It's quite a small island, maybe 2.5km long and 1km wide. The best way to get around it is to cycle. We were told that of the 3 main islands you can visit, Don Det is the 'party' island where all the backpackers go. There are quite a lot of backpackers, but it's so chilled out you can't really call it a party island!

Beautiful Don Det

There are no roads, just small sand tracks, and most of the accommodation on offer consists of bungalows with a balcony overlooking the river (with hammocks!) - it really is heaven on earth and we didn't want to leave! We spent most of our time with Marita and Zwen - it was really nice to have some company for a change :)

The balcony of our bungalow

There's a bridge connecting Don Det to Don Khon, so we cycled over there and explored that one day. While we were there we got a boat out to the Cambodian border to see the rare irrawaddy dolphins that live there during the dry season - we really didn't expect to see any as there are only 60 left in the wild, but we saw 5!

Me cycling - something I haven't done since I was very little!

We spent a lot of time at an organic farm and restaurant on Don Det called the Veggie Patch, which is owned by French/Australian couple, drinking fruit shakes and playing Boules (the guy who runs it taught us the proper French rules!)

Veggie Patch

Stephen, Zwen and Marita did a kayaking trip one day but I just stayed at the bungalow reading in the hammock as kayaking isn't really my thing, but I did really enjoyed just doing nothing for a change.

After 4 glorious days of relaxation, we were very sad when we had to leave and do the 12 hour bus journey to Phnom Penh (the capital of Cambodia), but if we didn't leave then I think we would have just stayed for weeks!

Posted by charlotter45 01:49 Archived in Laos Tagged river hammock kayak bungalow

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Ooooo! this looks like a really lovely place to spend a few days, utterly relaxing.

by Dad

Impressed with bike riding, hope you didn't wobble too much. Looks idilic there, glad you enjoyed it

by Karen Roberts

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