area of the four thousand islands archipelago is so different
from the mountainous
north of Laos and so similar to the typical Cambodian landscape.
Here the Mekong enlarges till a 14 km width where a lot of small
and not so small islands emerge. Most of them are not reachable
unless you have your own pirogue but the main two, Don Kong and
Don Det (or Don Khon) are connected by a kind of public
Life on the island for a traveller means rest rest and still
rest: swinging on the hammock in the veranda of the hut overlooking
the Mekong, drinking Lao Lao whisky, tubing
in the river and in the late afternoon biking or riding a moped
(only in Don Kong) to see how life is there, especially in Don Det.
I promise you, it's quite rural: in Don Det there's no electricity
(just generators) and the water is pumped from the river. I still
remember that morning I was woken up by the deafening yelling of
a pig whose nuts were cutting off just outside my hut.
And what about when I managed to follow the former
the funny story)
I think this part of Laos is so different from the
north, that if you like this country and you want to know it you