Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)

The Mekong's archipelago, and your ultimate idyll.

It was all about the scenery, the lifestyle and the pace of the river. 

 

Photos by Ben Journee

Bungalows and restaurants line the river of Don Det (the main backpacker island).

Bungalows and restaurants line the river of Don Det (the main backpacker island).

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We weren't kayaking down these rapids (we walked instead).

We weren't kayaking down these rapids (we walked instead).

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Lunch (which we had on Cambodian soil).

Lunch (which we had on Cambodian soil).

Khon Phapheng Waterfall (said to be the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia). Millions of litres of water thunder down the rapids and into Cambodia every second, and that raw power is incredibly tangible. 

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Right on the border between Laos and Cambodia where we caught a glimpse of the few Irrawaddy Dolphins in the area.

Right on the border between Laos and Cambodia where we caught a glimpse of the few Irrawaddy Dolphins in the area.

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Our last paddle across the river, right on sunset. Beautiful, but also touch and go...we all paddled our hearts out to make it back before it got dark!

Our last paddle across the river, right on sunset. Beautiful, but also touch and go...we all paddled our hearts out to make it back before it got dark!

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