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When to go

Vis­it­ing kayak­ers, you should be pro­fi­cient in Class 5 white­wa­ter, will find more safe channels in De­cem­ber/jan­uary when the river level is drop­ping. At most other times, the vol­ume is sim­ply too large.

How to get there

The quick­est way in is to fly to Pakse in South­ern Laos then catch a bus for the four-hour ride to the 4,000 Is­lands. How­ever, the ex­pense and poor con­nec­tions mean many choose to travel from larger air­ports in neigh­bour­ing Cam­bo­dia or Viet­nam.

Where to stay

Choose the sun­set or west side of the is­lands. The plush Mama Luerth’s Guest House is the top end at US$10 a night, while there are mid-range places like Oi’s Place or Tena One for US$5 a night, and even cheaper op­tions with shared bath­rooms and no hot wa­ter. The fur­ther south you go, the more ‘hip­pie’ the de­mo­graphic be­comes.

Keep in mind

While re­laxed, Laos is a com­mu­nist coun­try. Re­spect any house or is­land rules or tra­di­tions as the au­thor­i­ties may pun­ish your host fam­ily for your be­hav­iour.

Con­tacts

For a range of videos from the Si Pan Don ex­pe­di­tion please visit fol­low-the-river.com

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