In the far south of Laos near the Cambodian border sits the Si Phan Don archipelago, or commonly known as the 4000 Islands. The four thousand islands are a series of islands, islets and sandbars in the middle of the Mekong River.  

Most of the islands are uninhibited and covered during monsoon season but there are a few islands that draw the adventurous traveler in.  The main islands that travelers stay are Don Det, Don Khong and Don Khon.

In this guide we’ll go over where to stay in Don Det but I’ll also cover where to stay in Don Khong and where to stay in Don Khon in case you want to base yourself off one of those islands.

4,000 Islands

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where to stay in don det

If you traveled through Laos like we did you’ll stumble off the overnight bus in Pakse blurry eyed only to catch another 2 and a half hour bus to Nakasong where you’ll then catch a small boat to Don Det, the main stay for travelers exploring this area.

Don Det is a backpackers paradise.  A place to kick back and unplug, which is the main reason I eneded up here during my travels through Laos.

Simple wooden bungalows line the riverside of Don Det.  There are two parts of the island to stay on when exploring Don Det.  The sunrise or sunset side of the island.  The boat will drop you off on the sunset side of the island and if you walk about 20 minutes down the only dirt/muddy road to get to the sunrise side.  

These are the best places to stay on Don Det.

BUDGET

The Last Resort

ROOM TYPEDouble 

PRICE: $ 6 for a budget double room.

WIFI: No

If you’re on a strict budget and need to keep costs down this would be a good option.  You get your own hut but don’t expect much more than that.  This is basic but for $6 you shouldn’t have high expectations.  Down side is there is no WiFi.

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Mama Leurth Sunset Guesthouse

ROOM TYPEDouble | Twin 

PRICE: $ 20 for a double or twin room

WIFI: Yes

If you want clean, comfortable, spacious and budget friendly opt for Mama Leurth Sunset Guesthouse.  It is located in the middle of everything you need.  This includes restaurants and bikes for hire to explore the area.

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Mr Tho's Bungalows

ROOM TYPEDouble | Twin | King | Deluxe 

PRICE: $ 24 for a double room with balcony

WIFI: Yes

Mr Tho’s Bungalows are a great place to relax in a hammock and watch the river flow by.  The wooden bungalows all come with a balcony and a hammock with garden or river side views.  There are restaurants nearby.

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BABA Guesthouse

ROOM TYPEDouble  

PRICE: $ 24 for a double room with balcony

WIFI: Yes

At BABA Guesthouse all rooms come with a balcony with a garden or river view.  Great location close to the Don Det ferry.  Stay here for the balcony’s and opt for a riverside view.

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Don Det in the 4000 Islands

 

MID RANGE

Paradise Riverview Resort

ROOM TYPE: Queen 

PRICE: $$ 40 for a bungalow on the water

WIFI: Yes

Great location next to the ferry drop off.  Paradise Riverview Resort have cozy bungalows right on the river.  There is a bar, restaurant and garden on site.  Within walking distance of several restaurants and bikes for hire.

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Rudi Mental Holiday Lodge

ROOM TYPE: King  | Twin

PRICE: $$ 40 for 2 people and increases from there depending on the number of people.

WIFI: Yes

If you want a unique place to stay and are traveling in a larger group this would be a great choice.  Complete with a full kitchen, board games, and hammocks. Located just outside of Don Det.  Quiet at night.

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Little Eden Guesthouse in Don Det Laos

 

LUXURY

Little Eden Guesthouse & Resort

ROOM TYPE: Double  | Twin

PRICE: $$$ 65

WIFI: Yes

⭐️ When I explored Don Det I stayed here the whole time.  Little Eden Resort was the only hotel on the whole island that has a swimming pool so we were immediatley sold.  The 3 star resort stays like a 5 star in Laos terms.

Located near where the boat drops you off, you won’t have to walk far to reach this oasis.  The grounds are well kept and there’s a large restaurant and deck on the river which makes for the perfect backdrop to enjoy breakfast and dinner. Definetly worth the splurge, a must on where to stay in Don Det.

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Don Det with I'm Jess Traveling_

where to stay in don khon

Don Khon is connected to Don Det by a single bridge.  If you are staying in Don Det, you can hire a bicycle and cyle to Don Khon. 

If you plan on staying on Don Khon you will get dropped off the same place you would for Don Det.  You would then have to arrange transportation to get to Don Khon.

Don Khon is geared more towards the traveler with a mid range budget and is a quieter than Don Det.  There are two basic areas that travelers stay at while visiting Don Khon, Ban Khon and the more budget friendlier area of Ban Hua Det.

Somphamit Guesthouse

ROOM TYPE: Double 

PRICE: $Budget

WIFI: Yes.

Somphamit Guesthouse is located in Ban Khon.  The basic wooden bungalows are perfect for whre to stay in Don Khon on a budget.  The property offers shared bathrooms with a shower, free WiFi and certain rooms have a great balconies.

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Don Det in the 4000 Islands

where to stay in don khong

Don Khong, the largest of the four thousand islands has a more laid back feel than Don Det and has a several Buddhist temples.  On Don Khong there are two areas where you will stay.  

The west side of the island Muang Sen, where the boat drops you off.  And the east side Muang Khong, where all the best places to stay in Don Khong and restaurants are.

Don Khong Guesthouse

ROOM TYPE: Double  

PRICE: $12

WIFI: Yes

The Don Khong Guesthouse has a great location.  Directly in the center of the town you’ll be able to see all the locals sights and be close to all the best restaurants in Don Khong.  The perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Muang Khong.

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Pon's River Guesthouse

ROOM TYPE: Double | En-Suite

PRICE: $Budget

WIFI: Only in public areas.

The Pon’s River Guesthouse is close to the Don Khong Ferry Terminal and Wat Phouang Keo Temple.  Along with the great location there’s a tasty restaurant downstairs you’ll be happy to be close to.

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Kongmany Coloniale House

ROOM TYPE: Double | Triple

PRICE: $29

WIFI: Yes.

The Kongmany Coloniale House is another budget luxury property.  Nothing beats coming back to a lovely pool especially during the hot, humid monsoon season.  Located close to recreational activities such as canoeing, hiking trails, fishing and massages.

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Pon Arena Hotel

ROOM TYPE: Double 

PRICE: $75 per night.

WIFI: Yes.

This is one of the most luxurious places you’ll stay when exploring the Si Phan Don archeology.  The Pon Arena Hotel has a  two beautiful infinity pools, one overlooking the Mekong River.  You can’t beat the location and free breakfast.   Close to all the local points of interest. 

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