What can you do in our Khone Island?
Day 1: After breakfast "8.30 – 9.00 am", From Sala Done Khone walk through the village, South direction towards "Li-Phi Waterfall" (Devil Corridor), roughly about 1.5
Km. Locally called "Somphamith" , it is one of the most beautiful waterfall in Laos. Enjoy to relax yourself till Lunch break on the spot or if you prefer a more consistent meal, trip back to Sala Done Khone’s restaurant, on the way back, stop over to visit a remnant of a French locomotive.
TIP: Li-Phi Fall is not a standalone waterfall, but forms by many arms of waterfalls, from the main fall, about 200 to 300m pathway leading southern direction you could admire a fantastic 180 ° panorama of the Majestic Mekong Valley reaching the Cambodia border and further downstream to the tropical water of South China sea. It is some kind a "Lao Grand Canyon".
In the afternoon, walking back down follow a route to the waterfall again, but before reaching the entrance you’ll find a trail that will lead you to a Dune Beach, the spot is surrounded by rocky hills and forest and right in front is the arm stream from Li-Phi and Cambodia mountain range as the backdrop. It’s a place where amateurs of reading or sunbathing has elected their spot, because of its atmosphere of tranquility and isolation from the crowd.
You can swim here but… DO NOT GO TOO FAR FROM THE BANK …keep in mind that Mekong stream still crazy at this time and underwater turbulent causes a fatal danger!
Trip back before 16.30 pm just in time to catch the magnificent sunset over the Mekong river on your private balcony in front of a cool drink.
DAY 2: Visit Irrawaddy Dolphin, the trip looks promising cover about 7.5 km walk, don’t worry! It’s a soft walk without any particular difficulty. The day started early than usual with breakfast at 6.30 am. then follows the same itinerary towards Dune Beach, but turn left 1 km before reaching the beach. Keep going till the connection to the old railway route, you will be among the evergreen trees with so many interesting things, don’t waste your time you can do it on the way back. Continue south direction till the "queue" end of the island at the former French maritime port before 10.00 pm, the best time for lovely Dolphins. Here it is a place where long tail boats waiting to take you to the rare mammal.
This natural house of the Dolphin is on the main arm stream of the Mekong and it is deep enough to make them felt secure to untimely intruder. During the watching, it happens that your boat crossed to the Cambodia water, but Cambodian authorities condone the fact.
DAY 3: Visit the remnants of the French Embankment.
This bridge will guide you to KHON PA SOI FALL where you can enjoy swimming beneath a waterfall or kayaking or visit local fishermen has built "Li" to catch fishes during the start of rainy season. It’s a bamboo
After the visit, the rest of a day is up to you, if you don’t mind, in the afternoon you could walk across the first ever French Bridge spanned over the Mekong river to Done Det villages by following the old railway route to another Old French Port situated in the northern point of the village at the main stream of Mekong. And it used to be an important loading port for goods in destination to the northern part of Laos. Don’t be surprise what you can see at Done Det!! and just immersed yourself in the backpacker life style.
TIP:– Route towards the Dolphin House: It was a former French railway route, compacted with crushed stones and could make it hard for ridding, but interesting to try out.
Here below are the places that we recommends you could or couldn’t swim.
TIP: If you (for women) intent to get in the water, it is a good idea to try a local women dress a "Xin" a tube skirt for a local women while taking a bath or swimming in public place. Nude is forbidden in public place! Swimming bikinis is acceptable, but not in the crowded places.
Note: Please request a permission from the Chief of the village prior set up your camping