Four Thousand Islands, Si Phan Don, Laos

Trip Start Apr 04, 2009
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Trip End Aug 23, 2009


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Barnaby and his friends travelled on a luxury bus from Pakse to Si Phan Don. The name literally means 'Four Thousand Islands', a 50km-long stretch of the Mekong River.
In the rainy season this part of the Mekong fills out to a breadth of
14km, the river's widest reach along its 4350km journey from the
Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea.
In the dry months between
monsoons the river recedes and leaves behind hundreds (or thousands if
you count every sand bar) of islands and islets. The largest of the
permanent islands are inhabited all year round and offer fascinating
glimpses of tranquil river-oriented village life. The communities are largely self-sufficient, growing most of their own rice, sugar cane,
coconut and vegetables, catching fish and weaving textiles as needed.
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