Considered as one of the main attractions in the southernmost part of Laos, Don Khon has become a top choice of travelers and backpackers who want to eschew the noise and crowd of neighbouring attraction, Don Det.
Although larger than Don Det, Don Khon is often only visited by a smaller group of tourists who prefer the adventure that comes with exploring the natural and historic attractions that are all over the place. In Don Khon, tourists can visit two idyllic waterfalls, two picturesque beaches, and can go in a boat ride to see up close the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Needless to say, Don Khon is a perfect place to relax and unwind — the island boasts of stunning sunset views and food that are far better than those served in Don Det.
Don Khon is located in the middle of the Mekong River, Khong District, Champasak Province, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The island can be accessed anytime. Some attractions are only open from 8:00 to 18:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the island is free. Some attractions do charge a LAK 35,000 (USD 4.20) admission fee.
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 Khon via slow boat.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can spend 12 hours or a full day in Don Khon.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Since Don Khon isn’t as popular as Don Det, you can visit the island anytime without worrying about large crowds. Best time to visit is between August and December.
- Waterfalls hopping
There are two main restaurants on the island: Seng Alhoune Restaurant and Somchaipong Restaurant. Both restaurants serve extensive menus that include vegetables and other Lao delicacies.
- Mekong River
- Don Det
Don Khon’s accommodations are more expensive at USD 15- USD a night. Two of the main guesthouses are Seng Ahloune Guesthouse and Nongsak Guesthouse.