Tat Somphamit, with its panoramic beauty and raging rapids, is surely a tourist attraction that will leave every nature-lover visiting Don Khon breathless.
Apart from Tat Somphamit, locals call the place Li Phi, which also means “Spirit Trap” because they believe that the raging waters of the waterfalls help trap evil spirits and wash them away from the island. The place may not be suitable for swimming but it’s where tourists get countless photos — the seemingly endless cascades that form a white mist, the strong current, and the interesting rock formations set against the rich, verdant greenery makes Tat Somphamit postcard-worthy. A short walk from the Tat Somphamit waterfall park is Xai Kong Nyai Beach, a safer option for those who are tempted to take a dip.
Tat Somphamit is located between Don Khon and Don Dhet.
Opening Days and Hours
The ticket booth is open daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Admission fee is LAK 35,000 (USD 4.20).
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
- From Don Khon, you can take the shuttle bus to Tat Sophamit.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this place is 1-3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Best time to visit Tat Somphamit is between August and November. To avoid large crowds, visit Tat Somphamit between 8:30 and 11:30 and 3:00 and 5:00.
A rich expat established a restaurant named Somphamit near the falls. Prices for both Lao and Western dishes range from USD 3 to USD 9.
- Mekong River
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Long Island Guesthouse, Bungalow Peace and Love, Mr. B’s Guesthouse, River Garden Guesthouse, and Tawan Daeng Guesthouse are some of Don Det’s affordable accommodations with rates that range from 30,000 to 80,000 kip (USD 3.60 – USD 9.60). More peaceful guesthouses like Seng Ahloune Guesthouse and Nongsak Guesthouse are available in Don Khon for USD 15-35 a night.