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4 Thousand Islands in Laos - worth it or not?

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1. Posted by Supafemale (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y

Hi

Currently in Luang Prabang - Laos. Just wondered if anyone has visited the 4 thousand islands, south of Laos - is it worth the trip?

Many Thanks
Caz

2. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 5y

Absolutely-
For a really relaxed couple days- just lounging in a hut by the Mekong, maybe going for some good hikes, or riding bikes, and some pretty good food, I would recommend it.
And stays are really cheap.

If you have the time- I'd recommend it.

3. Posted by Supafemale (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y

Hi CanadaGuy

Thanks for the advice. I'm on my way there - quick stop off at Vang Vieng, bought a bus ticket to Vietiane within an hour of being in Vang Vieng as the place wasn't really my scene :) I'll then travel to Pakse from Vientiane and go to the 4 thousand islands - could do with some time out from the constant moving :)

Thanks again
Caz

4. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 5y

You'll have a great time.

A day or two in Pakse is more than enough ( maybe do a tour of the Bolaven plateau, or a day trip to the temple in Champasak- Wat Phu is worth seeing in my opinion).

But then totally relax in Don Det - pretty primitive- but a really great place for a while.

When I went a couple years ago I came from the other direction- from Cambodia into southern Laos and then up to Ventiene, Vang vieng, Phonsovan, Luang Prabang, Nongkiaw, Luang Namtha etc... I really envy you. Laos was one of my favorite places to visit-

Enjoy!.

5. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 5y

( And I do understand your feeling about VangVieng - that is not really Laos at all.... in my opinion)

6. Posted by Supafemale (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y

Hi CanadaGuy

Did just two nights on Don Det Island then came straight back to Pakse. I imagine in dry season it could be a cool place, but when I got there the place has been devastated by flooding - apparently it's the worst it's ever been since the 70's!

The bridge to Don Khon is flooded and you can't really walk very far with having the Mekong river water up to your knees. I gave up with my flip flops and went barefoot most of the time because of the mud. Also had interesting accomodation sleeping with cockroaches in my bed and rats running around the edge of my bed (because of the raised water). Ah well...guess it's all in the 'travelling' experience :D

Don Det Flood Photo

7. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 5y

Wow.. That is really too bad.
It honestly was one of the hi-lites when I was there...
Sorry of I steered you wrong.. :(

But weather is not something we can control.

8. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 5y

Just saw your picture- with that flooding I don't blame you for leaving.

Totally different when you aren't wading through mud and a foot of water...

9. Posted by Supafemale (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y

Yes - let's hope the malaria tablets work :p

I kept talking out loud to myself when I was struggling to walk through the water, "There better not be any snakes here!" "Why! am I doing this?!" haha :)

Learnt a lesson to avoid 'rainy' season!