Most of the time, it’s impossible to mention Si Phan Don without also talking about Don Det - a small island in the middle of Mekong River that is famous among tourists for its hippy-esque party scene.
In five years time, Don Det has been transformed from being an off-the-beaten-path attraction into a tourist destination for anyone who wants to party and have a great time. At Don Det, tourists won’t only be able to enjoy the services of affordable guesthouses and bars, they can also embark on a lot of activities including swimming in the Mekong river, going on a tube ride, interacting with other tourists, and watching movies in an open field during a bonfire party. Don Det is definitely the place to be if you want to make the most out of your Si Phan Don Stay.
Don Det is located in the middle of Mekong river, in Si Phan Don, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The island can be accessed anytime. Bars are open daily from 8:00 to 23:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the island is free.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Pakse via Lao Airlines.
- From Pakse, board a bus or a minivan to Nakasang.
- From Nakasang, you can reach Don Det via slow boat.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Most tourists stay here for 2-3 days.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Don Det is a popular party spot so it’s always a good idea to inquire of guesthouses before visiting. Best time to visit the island is between August and January.
Restaurants around the island serve a variety of dishes to cater to most tourists’ preferences. Food choices include Paradise Restaurant, Adam’s Bar and Restaurant, Hanoumans, Street View Cafe, and 4000 Island Bar and Restaurant.
- Mekong River
- Don Khon
A number of guesthouses offer affordable yet decent accommodations to tourists. Some of the places to choose from include Long Island Guesthouse, Bungalow Peace and Love, Mr. B’s Guesthouse, River Garden Guesthouse, and Tawan Daeng Guesthouse. Rates range from LAK 30,000 to 80,000 (USD 3.60 – USD 9.60).