Si Phan Don (The 4,000 Islands) is a river archipelago of islets and islands set in the Mekong River in Southern Laos.
Of the numerous islands that break the placid surface of the Mekong River, Don Khon, Don Det, and Don Khong are the largest, most developed, and offer the best accommodations for travelers. Though these three islands are the most heavily visited, they are still largely undeveloped destinations known for their splendid mixtures of beautiful natural scenery and bucolic Mekong river culture. The islands have few, if any, motorized vehicles, which makes them perfect places for lethargic bike rides through rustic Laos villages of stilt houses and bright green rice fields. Beautiful waterfalls and secluded swimming holes can easily be found on each of the islands, and cruises along the Mekong between the other islets to spot the increasingly rare Irrawaddy dolphins that inhabit a few choice spots in the river are readily available.
The best weather to visit the 4,000 Islands is during the temperate season in Laos that runs between November and May each year. The temperatures begin to rise in June, and the warmer weather lasts until October along with higher chances of seasonal rains that fill out the Mekong River and cause the fields and forests in the area to bloom with life.
The numerous islands of Si Phan Don are located in Champasak Province of Southern Laos. Travelers enjoying one of our Laos tours typically reach the area via a flight to city of Pakse in the northern region of Champasak Province. From there, our guests travel overland in a private vehicle before transferring to a private boat to reach the 4,000 Islands in the Mekong River.
The stunning nature and sleepy pace of life found in the 4,000 Islands have a tendency to charm travelers into overstaying their original plans. The rustic villages, and quaint settings found on Don Khon, Don Det, and Don Khong are some of the most treasured experiences for guests on our luxury tours of Laos.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for hiking in warm weather when exploring the islands. Swimwear is recommended for boat cruises along the Mekong River to spot the endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphins.