We appreciated traveling in remote areas...the slice-of-life experiences made the trip worthwhile.
The sight of the Si Phan Don archipelago, or 4,000 Islands, immediately suggests a half-submerged forest, where rural Laotians navigate between boulders and aquatic foliage on their way between villages. Of these islands, Don Khone is one of the smallest, measuring only 1.8 miles by 2.5 miles (3 by 4 kilometers). With small, thatched huts framed by thick palm forests and the idyllic waters of the Mekong, Don Khone is an ideal escape from the frantic hustle of the outside world.
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Spend an afternoon touring French colonial villas and the old narrow-gauge railway built by the French across the Mekong during World War II.
See the famed Irawaddy dolphins, an endangered species indigenous to the Mekong River area, but usually only found in Laos and Cambodia. The dolphins are often seen swimming off the southern tip of Don Khone, and seeing them unobtrusively by boat is a memorable experience.
Visitors should note that October through December is the best time of year to spot these rare creatures.
Kayak along a tame stretch of the Mekong with local guides, perhaps spotting a dolphin up close, or go with an experienced kayaker into more challenging waters.
Visit nearby islands and the silk weaving village of Ban Saphai to get a weaving demonstration from locals.
Travel from Northern to Southern Laos on this exciting 8-day journey that will take you to the country’s must-see spots. Visit charming Luang Prabang, swim in gem-colored waterfalls, shop boutiques in the capital of Vientiane, hike ancient ruins in Champasak, and embark on a river cruise in Don Khone.
Take in tranquil Southern Laos on this languid 9-day luxury journey through its small, serene towns, across lush, aromatic coffee plantations, past gem-colored waterfalls, and into UNESCO-listed ancient ruins. You’ll also get a chance to visit the famous 4000 islands, and stay in some of Laos’ best hotels.
Known for its excellent service, the Auberge Sala Don Khone in Champasak offers both amenities and choices for the discerning yet adventurous traveler. Situated right along the Mekong River within a short distance of both Wat Phu and the â€śfour thousand islands,â€ť the resort offers three different types of rooms, each with their own distinctive design and allure: eight boutique, floating cabins with spacious rooms and verandas that offer beautiful vistas of the Mekong from your room while floating on the river; eight rooms in a traditional Lao residence built entirely of rosewood and decorated with local art and objects; and ten bungalow residences, which offer an experience closer to camping in their simplicity. Amenities include laundry services, a restaurant serving Lao, Thai and European food with jazz music, and a business center. The Auberge Sala Don Khone is approximately one hour by car from Pakse International Airport (PKZ), with daily service to Vientiane (VTE), Siem Reap (REP), and Savannakhet Airports (ZVK).