Don Khong and Don Det
Trip Start May 05, 2008
119Trip End May 05, 2013
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Later, we took a boat to Don Det (40,000 kip) and stayed there for a night. Don Det is much more chilled and amazingly cheap. We had a wooden hut on the river for 10,000 kip! If we had come here in the begining we could have stayed of days on out remaining kip.
We met a man from Leeds called Andrew who runs a little resturant on Don Det
Si Phan Don is a great place to unwind and spend a few days. It is very friendly and you meet loads of people here. Unfortunately, we could not stay long as our cash is running out and we have barely enough to get across the border to Cambodia.
- Northern Laos is very beautiful. I would love to see it in the dry season and do some treks.
- Great country for cycling. Some good roads and not much traffic.
- The people are nice but perhaps not as openly friendly as in other countries
- Laos is developing rapidly and the government on the surface seems to be doing a good job.
- It is a communist country but you wouldn't know it.
- Never heard anyone complain about their government.
- Tourism is growing rapidly and there are fancy guesthouse going up all over the place.
- Some activities such as tubing, kayaking are not well regulated and often quite dangerous. 2 people died while we were here.
- Southern Laos is not so good in the wet season. Si Phan Don is great though.
- Didn't get to the Plain of Jars but the war history out there is interesting.
- In Phonsayan, there is apparently a foundry where they melt down UXO's for their metal. Supposed to be some impressive views of piles and piles of these bombs. Many people go out with metal detectors looking for UXOs as the metal is valuable.
Cambodia next stop!
Dave & Angie