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Less well-known than the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, or the limestone mountains and caves of Vang Vieng, the Four Thousand Islands (Si Phan Don in Lao) are nevertheless a worthwhile destination for visitors interested in a more unconventional experience. Getting to the Islands might be an ordeal, usually involving a long, crowded, bumpy bus ride, then a trip by ferry or boat that might be nightmarish for those prone to seasickness. However, this charming out-of-the-way gem is well worth the trouble.  

The first thing you might see as your boat arrives at the beach of Don Det where most travelers stay is a water buffalo enjoying the shade, setting the pace for your time on the island. Here, time seemingly slows down – it’s not a location with so many sights to see and things to do that you are constantly rushing from place to place. What it is ideal for is relaxation without guilt; you can lie back in a hammock, have a nap, read a book, watch the brilliant sunset on the beach (from your bungalow, even!), chat around a campfire, do whatever you want without fear of missing out on anything. 

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However, if you can’t bear to stay still, the islands still have much to offer. The most popular activity is a kayaking tour on the hidden Mekong waterways. You’ll see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins, face water buffaloes, and experience the beautiful Li Pi and Khone Papheng waterfalls. 

Bicycles are available for rent, so you can leisurely explore the islands by traversing the riverside pathways beneath palm trees. Cafes line the road, waiting for hungry and thirsty tourists to take a break. You might even be able to have a dip in the river if you stop at the right place for a drink. If kayaking is not your thing, bike to Don Khone Island to explore the Khone Phapheng waterfalls which are the largest waterfall in South East Asia or book a boat ride for the dolphins.

For a more touristic activity, get on a boat decorated with neon lights, catch, and grill your dinner of fresh fish from the Mekong. The few restaurants on Don Det offer a diverse array of good food, from East to West. So, are 4000 islands worth visiting?

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Diep Van

Founder & Photography Guide

Specialties: Culture, landscape, portrait, hiking, active and adventurous tour

Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

I photograph a wide variety of subjects, from travel to landscapes to street scenes. I enjoy documenting the East’s rich cultural heritage and its land soaked in glorious sunrise or sunset light in remote and secluded spots. And, I am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. You can visit Luminousvietnamtour to explore tour!


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