DON KHONG Muaung Khong Village, LAOS

Area Code 031 US$1=10,500k 1B=260k, July 20, 2005

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4000 Islands.
Don Khong is the main island in the South Mekong river region know as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos. Attractions in the area include waterfalls - some of the biggest in SE Asia, dolphins and local villages.

Muang Khong, a small village at the east edge of Don Khong, is the main base for travelers.
The islands of Don Khon (S from Don Khong) and Don Det have less facilities but are attracting an increasing number of visitors. These 2 islands are the best base for visiting the Somphamit waterfalls and dolphin watching.
Unofficial border crossing point (Cambodia) Warning these options may not be safe.
Cambodia is to the S and W. It is possible to cross the border unofficially by taking a bus from Hat Xai Khun, (across the river), to Ban Thakho and charter a car to the border. From the border you can go to Stung Tulen, Cambodia.(X unconfirmed info X)
Travelers report: Phnom Penh - Kampong Cham by taxi 5000Riel, Kampong Cham to Krati slow boat 10,000Riel, Kratie to Stung Treng taxi 25-30,000Riel (bad road) Stung Treng to Lao Border (Preah Rumkel) boat 6hours 15,000Riel. Traveler bribed a Cambodian immigration officer $25. Received an official entry stamp to Laos - 3500kip charge.

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Research Period Data: 1st-98.1.7, 2nd-99.5.18, 3rd-2001.4.1, 2005.7.20