At the end of my Asian trip I only had four days stop in a whole new country – Laos. It could have felt quite quick and hurried one – but vice versa! It was like I drove to a summer cottage for a long weekend and stopped to enjoy the moment.
HUGE butterflies everywhere, birds singing beautifully, countryside animals – rooster alarms waking up in the morning, the nicely warming sun, a chilly sweet water river and that summer scent! And a hammock. Reading books there in total peace, voila, couldn’t ask for more!
This was the low season so that might be one reason why I was positively surprised that there weren’t many people at all on Don Det – one of the 4000 Islands. Yeah, it’s crazy, this large spot called 4000 Islands (Si Phan Don in Laos) really have these thousands of tiny or a bit bigger islands. I realised it’s true when I made a fantastic private boat trip and saw some beautiful, unique nature, which kind of nature I had never seen before. That was a nice day. First, I bicycled to Don Khon to see the waterfalls (which weren’t that special to pay 4,5 dollars – I have seen tens of wonderful waterfalls, and these were more like rapids to my opinion) and then continued bicycling and just by accident found this personal boat tour thing. While there boating I saw the sadly famous endangered pinkish funny-faced dolphins of Mekong River too.
Don Det is already well known amongst the chilled out hippieish people, so I was amazed that there wasn’t much going on. The low season is definitely a good timing to go. All the small narrow roads were silent in the night, and everything closes at 10 or 11. Even during the day there weren’t too many crowds. Lovely.
I walked to get an ice cream and otherwise just chilled on my platform and swam or then swung in my hammock. In the evening, I went to eat. There is great food everywhere on the island. We spent time together with some great people that I got to know on the way from Siem Reap to Don Det. We had such an amazing crew in the minivan, a small union, so easy to hang out with. I’m quite an independent traveller, and this was quite something to find such soul-warming people. It felt crazy that I actually started to miss my American ladies after our ways took apart. Well, I have some new spots to visit in my future road trip in States.
On one day we rented tubes and were floating on the Mekong river. That was a lot of fun! In the beginning! Then the current took one girl that we didn’t know and then started a hell of a rescue operation in the sunset. That was because the current was really strong and the river base full of hard stones that made some open wounds on feet etc. I wouldn’t wonder if I got an ameba as my aunt’s man started to scare me. Well, let’s took it as a souvenir. Anyway, it was one hell of a great cottage trip to Laos! I warmly recommend this unique place for a little summer trip.