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Top Choice Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Khon Phapheng Falls

The largest, and by far the most awesome waterfall anywhere along the Mekong, Khon Phapheng is pure, unrestrained aggression as millions of litres of water crash over the rocks every second. That said, you'll have t…
Top Choice Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Tat Somphamit

Located on Don Khon, 1.5km downriver from the French bridge, vast Tat Somphamit is a gorgeous set of raging rapids. Its other name, Li Phi, means 'Spirit Trap' and locals believe the falls act as just that: a trap f…
Top Choice Fusion in Don Det & Don Khon

Four Thousand Sunsets

Aptly named, this high-class floating restaurant lowers your pulse with the metronomic flow. The menu is a big break from the usual with many dishes you won't find elsewhere in the islands such as northern Thai hinl…
Top Choice International in Don Det & Don Khon

Chez Fred et Lea

This new cafe and 'salon de thé' serves organic coffees and teas, as well as top-quality Lao and Western cuisine that you won't find elsewhere on island. There are no river views, but the Lao–French couple who runs …
Top Choice Laotian in Don Det & Don Khon

Garden

Taking freshness seriously, this thatched-roof, open-kitchen restaurant is a good place for the uninitiated to sample Laotian foods, such as spicy papaya salad and grilled Mekong River fish. It also serves all the u…
Pizza in Don Det & Don Khon

Street View Restaurant

This attractive wooden riverside haunt has decks for chilling on; a long, well-stocked bar; and a good reputation. Tuck into mouth-watering wood-fired pizza, barbecued chicken, Mekong fish, pork chops, burgers, sala…
Bar in Don Det & Don Khon

4000 Island Bar

Good Western and Indian food, cold drinks, friendly service and a soothing vibe combine to make this a perennial favourite among travellers. You can make new friends around the pool table, throw some darts, play you…
Waterfall in Don Det & Don Khon

Khon Pa Soi Falls

Although it's not the largest waterfall on the islands, Khon Pa Soi Falls is still pretty impressive, and it never gets crowded due to its isolated location. From the little restaurant (sometimes only serving cold d…
Seafood in Don Det & Don Khon

Boathouse

Run by a German former fisherman married to a local gal, the emphasis here is on freshly made fish dishes. Try the catfish mók (steamed in banana leaf) or the fish barbecue, which needs to be ordered in advance. It'…
Laotian in Don Det & Don Khon

Little Eden Restaurant

Catching the breeze from the tip of the island, Little Eden's perfectly placed new restaurant is one of the best spots to eat upmarket Lao and Western cuisine. Think tender duck à l'orange, spaghetti bolognese and f…