4000 Islands (Si Phan Don) are dotted across the Mekong is magnificent and breath-taking landscape. There are some interesting rapids and waterfalls close to the Cambodian border including a waterfall that is rumoured to be the biggest in Southeast Asia.
If you want to escape the noise from the chaotic city in the South East Asia, 4000 Islands are ideal with peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Don Dhet, Don Khon and Don Khong are the most attractive islands because they remain wild and uninhabited. Among them. Don Det is the most popular and most lively island. There are loads of guest houses and bungalows all over the entire island.
To explore the entire Don Khong Island, bicycles are highly recommended. You can enjoy many secluded beaches, rice fields and small villages along with some very old temples. Moreover, tourists will have a chance to see Irrawaddy – the famous freshwater dolphin in nowhere else in Mekong River except Myanmar, Indonesia and Laos.
The 4000 Islands are well known for its rich tradition and culture with old buildings, walking trails and a choice of places to sleep and eat. Most villages are self-sufficient and depend on their local produce such as rice, coconuts, sugar cane and vegetables, with clothing and textiles made
The main village is Ban Khong which is home to Wat Jom Thong, a temple from the Chao Anou period built on the site of a Khmer temple with a hundred-year-old stupa alongside it. There are also a few villas dating back to the French colonial era and a market which gets busy early evening. Heading out west from the temple are the rapids and Li Phi Falls.
Travelling to 4000 Islands, tourists should prepare money because there are no ATM in the islands. The best time to visit the islands is from November to January. If you are visiting in December, then stay around for National Day. There is a five-day boat celebration with additional activities including late night boxing matches. You can also use the islands to enter Cambodia via Voen Kham if you have a Cambodian visa.
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