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.
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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.
Best BUDGET Places to stay in Don det
The Last Resort
Mama Leurth Sunset Guesthouse
Mr Tho’s Bungalows
Best MID RANGE places to stay in Don Det
Paradise Riverview Resort
Rudi Holiday Lodge
Best LUXURY Places to Stay in Don Det
Little Eden Guesthouse & Resort
This 3 star resort stays like a 5 star in Laos terms and is one of the best hotels in Don Det.
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.
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.
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
Pon’s River Guesthouse
Kongmany Coloniale House
Pon Arena Hotel
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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