Don Det – Just Relax

by Poi on March 30, 2011

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If you’ve read our lesson of the road 3 you’ll have seen we headed to Don Det in the 4000 Islands of Laos a bit earlier than planned. We arrived there with 10 days to spare before our visa expired and figured we’d make the most of the time by doing nothing and relaxing in a hammock for a while – perfect.

Sunset on the 4000 Islands Loas

Sitting in the water taking in the sunset.

Don Det is a very small and very much a backpacker island although it doesn’t take away from it’s charm. We awoke every morning to the sound of a cockerel, dodged cattle crossing the paths and listened in on all night local celebrations. It has the perfect mixture of a backpacker vibe with a local feel.

Highlights: (other than sleeping in the hammock)

Tubing round the island – A much more relaxing affair than tubing in Vang Vieng – you can rent a tube (5000 kip/less than 50p!) and just float out onto the river and admire the gorgeous views all around. We spent hours in our tubes and on many of the sand banks and tiny islands surrounding Don Det just watching the days go by and talking to anybody who floated out.

Sitting in the river side cafe’s and watching the sun go down with a Beer Lao. The amazing scenery all around makes for some breathe taking sun sets that we never got bored of.

Taking bikes out to the neighbouring island of Don Khon and cycling round to see the waterfalls and river beaches, just about the most exercise we did in our whole time there.

Private beach off Don Det, 4000 islands Laos

Kirsty relaxing on an Island to ourselves off Don Det

The island does attract a lot of people who want to take relaxing to another level. Many bars will offer happy shakes on the menu and suggest ‘if you would like a smoke – just ask at the bar’. With a curfew of 11pm it’s not a place your going to come across people on hard drugs loosing their mind and if anything all the happy smoke in the air calms everything down a little bit more.

With riverside huts going for 20/30,000 kip for the night you really can’t go wrong with spending a few days here resting before either entering Cambodia or heading up north.

Just thinking about back to the island now reminds me of how happy I was whilst doing not much at all, give me nice water to swim in all day, good scenery and I’m set for weeks.


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Dyanne @TravelnLass March 31, 2011 at 12:02 am

Uh, jotting it on “the list”, check!
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Poi March 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

The ever growing list huh?


Christy @ Technosyncratic March 31, 2011 at 1:32 am

That photo of Kirsty is great. It looks like she was so relaxed she just plopped down right there in the water. 😛
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Poi March 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

It was perfect – I’m terrible at sitting still though so I spent most of my time swimming while she relaxed.


Lis March 31, 2011 at 3:38 am

To the bucket list Don Det goes! 🙂
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Poi March 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

I hope you make it there someday, its lovely.


Erica March 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I totally need a weekend like this.
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Poi March 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I wish it was just as simple as clicking my fingers and being there every time I want a rest.


Lorna - the roamantics March 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

ooooh! next time in s.e. asia for sure! really wanted to go to laos last time i was in thailand, but didn’t make it. this place is right up my alley and kirsty’s got the right idea for sure (pic #3) 🙂
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Poi March 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I loved Laos so much, such a gorgeous country and lots of fun to be had, you should defiantly try and get there some time.


Wandering Trader's Travels March 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Wow. Does seem like a very relaxing place 🙂 I especially like the tubing part. Just letting the waters take you… looking up the sky 😀 Ahhh. That would be so relaxing.
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Poi April 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

I can confirm your thoughts, it’s perfect!


Dan Collins March 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Wish I could sit around doing nothing all day…. sounds awesome!
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Poi April 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

errr I won’t say anything Dan.


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 1, 2011 at 1:09 am

I could use about 2 weeks there completely unplugged.


Poi April 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

There is no internet other than the cafes which are really expensive so we planned ahead and enjoyed being away from the computers for the whole time.


Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I LOVED my time at 4,000 Islands though I stayed on Don Khone. It’s much less paty-oriented than Don Det. And while I biked around and lounged in a hammock, I never got around to going tubing…What a brilliant idea!
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Poi April 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

Tubing was perfect – the place is so chilled out it was great just to float around for hours taking it all in – Glad you enjoyed the 4000 islands too!


Rebecca April 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Ahhh… wish I was there right now!
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