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4000 îles (Si Phane Done)

4000 îles (Si Phane Done) (Laos)

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4 / 5 - 3 reviews

Reviews of 4000 îles (Si Phane Done)

michael mamane Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

For travellers who want a little peace and quiet there is the region of 4,000 Islands in the south of Laos, an archipelago of islands strung out along the Mekong.

My suggestion:
Two of the islands are generally recommended if you want to stay in the region: Don Det and Don Khon. Go to the first if you are looking for action and a party atmosphere, and the second for calm and relaxation.
My review

Your trip to Laos will almost certainly include a visit to the south of the country. The 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Done in Laotian) are a real haven of peace and in my opinion are an absolute must visit in the region.

In my opinion, the relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery, make the 4,000 Islands the ideal place to have a break and rest for a few days during a peripatetic trip .

A great moment of the stay is the opportunity to get on a little pirogue at the end of the day and try to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. And you also shouldn't miss the beautiful waterfalls of Phapeng, which form the border with Cambodia.

Along the water towards the 4,000 Islands
Bettina Zourli Seasoned Traveller
66 written opinions

The 4,000 Islands region is unique in the world. It's home to Laotians but also the ideal getaway for enjoying the water and the sun and perfect for those who love walking.  

My suggestion:
Choose tourist islands such as Don Det and Don Khône, and then take a bike to explore the less well known islands.
My review

I found Don Khône the most interesting, mainly because that is where you'll find the Liphi waterfalls, whose volume is truly impressive. There is a road around the island which is ideal for a day's cycling. There is a French colonial bridge cnnecting it to the island of Don Det, which is where I decided to stay for a few days.

In my opinion, these two islands are the least touristy and the nicest. Don Khong island is loved by backpackers and is really crowded in high season.

I think this region is one of the most beautiful in Laos - you can enjoy the peace and quiet of Laotian life whilst being surrounded by sublime scenery. Don't miss it whatever you do!

Don Khone
Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

The 4,000 Islands are an absolute must see during a trip to Laos ! Surreally beautiful scenery and guaranteed relaxation.

My suggestion:
There are several islands where you can stay. Don Det island has a large choice of places to stay and also some shops, restaurants and bars. 
My review

I stayed on Don Det island for 5 days, in a little bungalow on the banks of the Mekong. The island's beach is tiny and often full of people.

You can swim from island to island. There are lots, of all different sizes, where you can rest after swimming in the Mekong. The islands go for as far as the eye can see and the scenery is incredible!

On the island you can take a bike to explore the rice paddies and the other side of the island which is less populated. There are also kayaking excursions where you might see dolphins. 

This is just one of the enormous number of islands in the's up to you to choose the one you want!

The scenery at 4,000 Islands