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Cave in Don Khong

Tham Phu Khiaw

Two kilometres north of Muang Khong a trail leads to Green Mountain Cave, a small, shallow shelter in the middle of the forest. It holds some fairly crude Buddha images and bits of broken pottery and is the object o…
Museum in Don Khong

Don Khong History Museum

When the local governor built this two-story French colonial-style home in 1935, he was so proud of himself that he christened it Sathanavoudthi, which means 'Garden of Eden' in an old Lao dialect. Level-headed loca…
Farm in Don Khong

Ban Hin Siew Tai Palm Sugar Trees

Although sugar palms can be seen across the island, Ban Hin Siew Tai is southern Laos' sugar capital. Many farmers here climb the trees twice a day to collect the juice and then boil it down to sugar, and if you see…
Buddhist Temple in Don Khong

Wat Jom Thong

At the northern end of Muang Khong is Wat Jom Thong, the oldest temple on the island, dating from the Chao Anou period (1805–28). The wihăhn (temple hall) features a cruciform floor plan, a unique triple-gated entra…
Market in Don Khong

Muang Khong Market

This little morning market, full of both farmed and foraged foods, is a vibrant slice of island life.
Buddhist Temple in Don Khong

Wat Phu Khao Kaew

About 6.5km northeast of Muang Saen, Wat Phu Khao Kaew was built on the site of some presumed pre-Khmer ruins, making it a holy spot for locals. Nothing of that era is visible; now there is a bright red and gold mod…
Boat Racing in Don Khong

Bun Suang Heua

A boat-racing festival is held on Don Khong in early December or late November around National Day. Four days of carnival-like activity include longboat races opposite Muang Khong, much closer to the shore than in l…