Visit 4,000 Islands, Laos
Si Phan Don is the Lao way to describe the 4,000 Islands area in Southern Laos.
During the rainy season this is the widest point of the Mekong River, but in the dry season there is so little water around it is said that if all the sand banks and islets are counted there would be over 4,000 Islands (hence the name).
Three main islands
The three main islands that remain all year round are Don Khong, Don Khone and Don Det and on each of these there are a few colonial villas left over by the French.
In this area you can spot freshwater dolphins, but the main activity is just sitting back, relaxing and getting used to the slow pace of Lao life.
Suggested itineraries featuring 4,000 Islands
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in 4,000 Islands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of 4,000 Islands
Places & hotels on the map
Photos of 4,000 Islands
Ideas for experiencing 4,000 Islands
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This sympathetically converted rice barge cruises between Pakse and the Four Thousand Islands area of southern Laos.