Must see attractions in Si Phan Don

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    Khon Phapheng Falls

    More a glorified set of rapids than a waterfall, but oh, how glorious it is. The largest and by far the most awesome waterfall anywhere along the Mekong,…

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    Tat Somphamit

    Now billing itself as the Don Khone Somphamit Waterfalls Park, vast Tat Somphamit (also called Li Phi) is a gorgeous set of raging rapids. Recent…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Don Khong History Museum

    When the local governor built this two-storey French colonial–style home in 1935, he was so proud of himself that he christened it Sathanavoudthi, which…

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    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…

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    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)…

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    Muang Khong Market

    This little morning market, full of both farmed and foraged foods, is a vibrant slice of island life.

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    Ban Hang Khon Viewpoint

    Near the old French port in Ban Hang Khon, 150 steps take you up to a good viewpoint of the Mekong.

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    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…

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    Ban Khon Steam Locomotive

    Rusting locomotives sit near each end of the main cross-island road, which follows the old railway route. Surrounding them are placards detailing the…

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    Xai Kong Nyai Beach

    If a beach towel is more your style than a hammock, then this little stretch of sand will satisfy. Swimming is possible year-round, but you need to be…

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    Wat Khon Tai

    Don Khon's main Buddhist temple was built on the site of an ancient Khmer shrine. Hidden behind the old ordination hall, which is itself tucked away…

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    Ban Hang Khon Steam Locomotive

    The less intact of the two rusting locomotives sitting at opposite ends of the main cross-island road, which follows the old railway route. Placards…