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Don Dét

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  • Day79

    Don Det, 4000 islands

    December 10, 2014 in Laos ⋅

    Since Monday we are in Laos. We got on a bus in Kratie and made our way across the border where we only got ripped off for like 2 USD for the visa which is fine.

    Our first stop is Don Det, a small island within the 4000 islands in the Mekong. We stay at lovely mama piangs guesthouse. The food is great, the rooms are nice, the internet is unstable and mama is the best. We spend the days doing nothing and then usually head to the other side of the island to see the sunset with a couple of beers.

    It seems to be customary to meet people on the bus getting here and spend the days here together. We have done the same. Adding other acquaintances it makes for interesting combinations of nationalities at dinner. Yesterday there were Germans, a Norwegian with guitar, an Austrian girl, an Israeli, and a Swiss one, a brit, a French, a Polish, us 2 of course and Mama. Good fun!

    Been there, Don Det!
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  • Day149

    Stray - Pakse to Don Det

    September 15, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    The window to our bedroom, which looked out to a brick wall 6 inches away, was missing a pane of glass. This allowed the noise of the heavy rain to fill the room through the night, meaning we got little sleep. After days of good weather it appears we are moving closer to rains that are coming across to meet us from Vietnam.

    When we stopped at Wat Phou, an ancient Khymer temple built around the same time as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the sandstone paving was slick with water and the grass squelched as we walked upon. Thick white cloud hung low off the mountainside, obscuring the temple's upper reaches and creating an eerie atmosphere before us.

    We marvelled at the intricate stone masonry still visible in the ruined buildings, the rust of the sandstone coming through in places whilst in others green and white algae were taking over. We stretched to climb up sets of tall steep steps that took us to the top of the temple complex. From there we looked down upon the site and found the profile of an elephant carved into the face of a large boulder as well as the ceremonial block where human sacrifices were lain into the mould of a crocodile before being killed.

    Our destination, Don Det, is one of the '4000 Islands' that sit within this part of the Mekong River. Whilst 4000 sounds impressive, bear in mind that this includes islands just big enough for just a small shrub to grow upon it.

    To reach our hostel we left the bus and splashed our way through a puddle ridden street and down to the pier, where a tired wooden fishing canoe awaited us and our bags. Tentatively walking along the slippery creaking gangplanks, each of us weighed down by heavy bags, we half-clambered/half-fell into the rocking vessel. With our bags off and crouched down on wet planks, the motor coughed into life and we chugged our way across the powerful current. At the other end, disembarking was no easier with Kim almost tipping overboard under the weight of her bag and the motion of the boat. After this near miss we then had to traverse a sliding gangplank onto the dock. For this we removed our flip flops to gain better grip with our bare feet.

    Fortunately after these tests of nerve we were greeted by a large clean bedroom with all the panes of glass included. We spent the evening with what has been our group since Luang Prabang; Jacob, Poppy, Becca and Jade, as they are all 'hopping off' whilst we continue to Cambodia. Tomorrow we will be travelling with a new group who are 'hopping on' from Don Det.
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  • Day23

    Si Pan Don (4000 Islands)

    February 23, 2018 in Laos ⋅

    Well after a rocky start the sleeper bus was actually OK. It wasn't our best night sleep but we were able to nap in parts. Will couldn't fit in the bed so it was a bit of a squeeze. We arrived into Pakse and decided to keep moving south and just spend our last week in Si Pan Don instead of constantly travelling. With sour cream onion pringles and chocolate biscuits (actually turned out to be chocolate covered jelly) for breakfast we jumped straight onto the next bus to Si Pan Don. When we arrived we saw a few familiar faces including the lovely Didi and Leo! It was great to see them even just for the short couple of minutes. They were starting their journey to Cambodia. There are so many scams with regards to the border crossing so I'm really not looking forward to this part of the journey!

    We took a lovely boat ride to Don Khon and then checked into our bungalow. We were absolutely starving, luckily on our journey in we tagged a couple of places we wanted to eat. So first stop was a local Tamil owned Indian restaurant. I've been craving home cooked for a while and this hit the spot!

    The next day we had the day off to just read our books, begin learning Vietnamese and enjoy sunset on the tip of Don Det.

    As we had a really lazy day, today we decided to have the complete opposite. We were up and out by 6am and hired bicycles by 6:15am! We cycled for half an hour, seeing some of sun rise and caught a private boat to see the Irawaddy Dolphins. Irawaddy Dolphins are salt water dolphins and not usually found in fresh water rivers but this part of the Mekong River has 3 of the species left. It was really beautiful and such a lovely start to the day, we saw all 3 dolphins only a couple of meters away.

    We then cycled around the island to see various viewpoints, beaches and waterfalls. It got to about 12pm and the heat was getting quite intense and we were starving as hadn't had breakfast so we went for brunch. We spent the afternoon cycling around Don Det, the connecting islands, and finished the day with a well deserved dinner!

    For our final day we decided to plan our big move onto Cambodia and relax before the hectic time ahead travelling across the border and in Siem Reap. The 4000 islands are really lovely and relaxed, definitely not to be missed when visiting Laos!
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  • Day60

    4.000 Islands - Das "Meer von Laos"

    April 4, 2017 in Laos ⋅

    Die letzten Tage meiner Reise durch Laos verbringe ich im südlichsten Zipfel des Landes, direkt an der Grenze zu Kambodscha: Auf den 4.000 Inseln. Ich bezweifle zwar, dass es tatsächlich tausende sind, wie der laotische Name dieses Fleckchens Erde - "Si Phan Don" - verspricht, aber was soll die Inselzählerei? Während der Regenzeit nimmt der Mekong unglaubliche Ausmaße an, bis zu 14 Kilometer breit wird der zehntlängste Strom der Erde. In der Trockenzeit treten Tausende von Inseln zu Tage. Einige von ihnen sind bewohnt, auf anderen bewirtschaften Bauern ein bisschen Ackerland. Die meisten Inseln sind jedoch nicht mehr als spärlich bewachsene Sandbänke.
    Das Leben hier auf den 4.000 Inseln ist sehr gemächlich, geradezu sinnbildlich für Laos. Hier plätschert alles vor sich hin. Eine Sau sonnt sich mit ihren Ferkeln im Sand, Wasserbüffel nehmen ein erfrischendes Bad im Mekong. Hühner und Katzen laufen kreuz und quer durch die Straßen. Die vielen Hunde beobachten stillschweigend. Hier liegt jeder tagelang in seiner Hängematte mit Blick auf den Mekong und genießt die letzten (oder ersten) Tage in Laos.
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  • Day70

    29.10-02.11.2016 - 4000 Insle, Don Det

    November 1, 2016 in Laos ⋅

    Mein letzter Stop in Laos..

    Bei den 4000 Inseln handelt es sich um mehrere Vergabelungen des Mekong. Somit gibt es unzählige kleine Inseln und einige wenige grössere.

    Auf der Insel Don Det war einige Tage "Nichtsmachen" angesagt.. In der Hängematte faulenzen, den weiteren Reiseverlauf planen, Schweizer CordonBleu essen (yummii😋), Rundtour auf der Insel wie zum Wasserfall auf der Nachbars-Insel Don Khon.. viel mehr habe ich die Tage nicht gemacht:)Read more

  • Day53

    "Probier's mal mit Gemütlichkeit,...

    January 7, 2017 in Laos ⋅

    ...mit Ruhe und Gemütlichkeit jagst du den Alltag und die Sorgen weg! ..."

    Balu hat das Lied nicht erfunden, sondern einfach nur die Hymne der "4000 Islands" zum besten gegeben!

    Nach unserer Mopedtour durch das Bolaven-Plateau gönnen wir uns hier am Ende unseres Laos-Aufenthalts ein fünftägiges Seele-baumeln-lassen: Kurz vor der Grenze zu Kambodscha mäandert der Mekong über 50 km hinweg nämlich gewaltig (bis zu 14 km breit), wodurch an die 4000 Flussinseln entstanden (so richtig nachgezählt hat aber keiner...ist auch schwierig was man als Insel definieren will).

    Unterkunft fanden wir zuerst bei einem slovakischen Hippie-Pärchen (alle Guesthouses hier haben mind. einen Europäer, der für die Qualitätskontrolle zuständig ist), zogen dann aber schnell um, da das Bad des dortigen Zimmers (oder eher die Ranz-Bude) eine Durchreiche (ohne Sichtschutz) zur Küche hatte, die Bretter-Wände einen Dämpfungsvermögen von ca. 0,3 dB boten und Nachtruhe nur ca. zwischen 00:30 bis 05:30 Uhr gegeben war (ein wieder mal total schief gewickelter Hahn hielt sich an diese Grenzen jedoch auch nur bedingt). Als Ersatz buchten wir eines mehrerer abseits des Dorfes am Ostufer gelegenen Bungalows, welche von einem deutsch-laotischen Pärchen betrieben werden. Aus vielerlei Hinsicht die bessere Wahl: ruhiger, sauberer und schöner (und nach dt. Qualitätsansprüchen gestaltet).

    So liegen wir seit fünf Tagen in der Hängematte vor der Hütte, verdauen die Reiseeindrücke der letzten Wochen und spannen kräftig aus. Bei 35 °C (z.Zt. fast 60 °C Unterschied zu Deutschland), teils marihuana-geschwängerter Luft und famosem Blick auf die vorbeiziehenden Wassermassen hat man auch gar keine Lust groß was andres zu tun, als zu faulenzen und den Herrgott 'nen guten Mann sein zu lassen. Abwechslung bieten von Zeit zu Zeit die Mekong-Krokodile, welche im Fluss baden oder auch mal zum grasen direkt vor die Bungalow-Tür kommen (Bilder 4/5). Alles sehr entspannt hier! 😊
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  • Day52

    4000 Islands

    January 6, 2017 in Laos ⋅

    Hier bleiben wir jetzt die nächsten paar Tage und genießen die Ruhe auf der Insel Don Det. Von unserem Bungalow aus haben wir einen super Blick auf dem Mekong! Was will man mehr 😉
    An einem Tag haben wir sogar einen Fahrradausflug zu verschiedenen Wasserfällen gemacht. Die Gegend hier ist einfach wunderschön und es hat hier jeden Tag 34 Grad!Read more

  • Day74

    4000 Inseln - Don Det

    February 4, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    Nachdem ich nun einige Monate fast jeden Tag irgendwie auf Erkundungstour war, habe ich mir nun endlich einmal einige ruhigere Tage gegönnt.
    7 km vor der Grenze zu Kambodscha liegen die 4000 Inseln, auf einer von diesen habe ich es mir für 4 Tage gemütlich gemacht. Sehr viel gibt es aus diesen Tagen nicht zu berichten. Zusammen mit zwei Leuten der Thakhek-Tour haben wir hauptsächlich die Sonne und den Mekong genossen, am ersten Abend wurde ich außerdem schnell zum Lagerfeuer-Beauftragten ernannt.
    An einem Tag wurden wir dann doch etwas aktiver und haben entschlossen uns mit dem Kajak auf die Suche nach den Mekong-Delfinen zu begeben. Leider war die Suche vergebens, als Trost durften wir auf der Rückfahrt dafür auf dem Dach des TukTuks mitfahren.
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  • Day36

    Laos - 4000 Islands

    December 9, 2015 in Laos ⋅

    I arrived in Laos later than expected, due to the not so helpful security at the border crossing! You were charged for your visa plus and extra $2 either side just for the stamp.if you didnt pay you didnt get a stamp! There were 4 miserable people working at the border and it seemed 1 person was there to stamp the passports with 3 different stamps, and the other 3 people were there just to watch. I feel like im getting used to the slowness of South East Asia now, and luckily we arrived a Nakasong just in time for sunset over the Mekong river. We all got on a small boat with our luggage and headed for Don Det. I had heard alot of good things about this island so was excited to see what was going on.
    Don Det is super chilled out, like knowwhere ive been before. There werent too many tourists, most of the guesthouses are run by locals who are very welcoming and everywhere shuts at 11pm! I met Risyad on the boat over and we decided to find a hostel together. We had dinner at Oi's places with 2 english guys we met on the boat. I had spicy coco nut with stir fried veggies, it was delicious! Westayed one night in a guesthouse before moving to a riverside bungalow the next day with a hammock! We rented bikes and cycled over to the next island Don Khon where we visited a huge waterfall called Somphamit falls. Then we carried on cycling and hired a boat with a drivier in hope to spot some Irrawady dolphins, aparently there are only 76 left! Risyad had asked about it in the morning and was told we would 100% see them and if we didnt we would get our money back, so we were hopeful. We rode out into the Mekong, the driver was emptying out the water from the boat every few minutes which was slightly worrying! We stopped at a rock in the middle of the river and got off to try and see the dolphins. We waited for around 45 minutes and still nothing. We got back onto the boat and started heading back when they were spotted swimming a hundred meters or so away. There were about 5 swimming close to she shore, it was really amazing to see and lucky as there are so few left. We ate dinner at Mama Tanons - it seems in Laos each guesthouse or restuant is run by "Mama" while the husband just sleeps in a hammock nearby. I was offered sticky rice wich had been mixed with coconut milk, put into bamboo and barbecued, it was really tasty! We sat out the back in the hammocks for a while where we met Heather and Becket from the USA and decided we would all rent bikes in the morning and go find the next waterfall.
    When we returned to the bugalows there were a few other drinking on their hammocks so we joined them, we got to try Loas Loas for the first time which is the local spirit. Not too bad, i think its made from rice.
    We started our bike ride around 10am and headed over the bride to the next island. The bikes had seem better days but you cant expect much for $1! We found the waterfall and this one you could swim in, so it was nice to cool of and relax for a bit. I sat under a smaller waterfall and had a natural spa session. We ate some food in the restuant nearby which was home to a naughty puppy who kept trying to steal food from the customers. Before we carried on exploring a herd of goats arrived and started chewing on the side of the resturant. We cycled into the woods and i hooked up my speakers to the bike so we had disco bikes! We passed a village and the children were dancing and clapping to the music, i got some strange looks from some of the locals to begin with, i dont think they understood where the music was coming from, but they enjoyed it and some of them started dancing.
    It was Heathers birthday so we joined her and Becket for dinner in the evening where we had Indian food, it was probably the best indian ive ever had! We also bought some Laos Laos from one of the restuarnts, you could buy it from the shops but i was told if you get it from a local its better. It looked pretty scary coming out of what seemed to be a jerry can but she assured me it was good, and it was! Banana Laos Laos in a mango smoothie. Yummy!
    The next day was my birthday!! Risyad and i had agreed after all the cycling we were going to have a day of relaxing! We woke up and chilled in our hammocks for most of the morning before having breakfast/lunch. Curry for breakfast is the best! Then we didnt move from the restuarnt until about 4.30 in the evening. We rented a tube eached and floated across the river to a small sandy island we had spotted from our bungalows to watch the sunset. The sky was so beautiful, it looked like someone had painted a rainbow of clours with oils and either side there were two spotlights of blue piercing through it. Ive never seen the sky like this before it was amazing. Great birthday present from Laos!
    We enjoyed the indian food so much the previous night we decided to eat there again!
    The next day we had to get the 11am boat back to the mainland to catch our bus to Pakse. When we got off the boat i noticed there was a difference from when we got on, there had been a huge fire and alot of the shops along the front had gone. There were children walking amoung the mess salvaging what ever they could. It was sad to see this had happened and in such a huge scale! I hoped know one was hurt.
    We got on the bus ready for the 2-4 hour journey to Pakse where we would spend a night and go our sperate ways. The bus was full and there were still people trying to get on, in Laos if the bus is full that doesnt matter, they wipped out some plastic chairs and put them down the ailse for people to sit on. I have to say im glad i didnt get one!!
    I have no idea what the next step will be from Pakse!
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