A Summer Cottage Feeling on 4000 Islands

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.

At Lao border
At Lao border

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!

Cottage sweet cottage
Cottage sweet cottage
Enjoying it
Enjoying it
He woke me up for my morning swim
He woke me up for my morning swim
My accommodation was quite nice - just by the river, comfy big bed and my own bathroom - 10 us dollars per night!
My accommodation was quite nice – just by the river, comfy big bed and my own bathroom – 10 us dollars per night!
Chicks and toilet holes on the floors (double check your accommodation if you want your own and normal toilet)
Chicks and toilet holes on the floors (double check your accommodation/room if you want your own and normal toilet)

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4000 Thousand Islands
4000 Islands

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.

Crossing the bridge between Don Det and Don Khon

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Here I accidentally found my private boat driver
Here I accidentally found my private boat driver

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We got some fish too.
We got some fish too.
It felt so strange to keep crossing the Laos/Cambodia borders. The sign shows Cambodian side.
It felt so strange to keep crossing the Laos/Cambodia borders. The sign shows Cambodian side.

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I loved this sweet water
I loved this sweet water
So peaceful
So peaceful
Bicycling and sweating
Bicycling and sweating
Move cow get out my way
Move b** get out my way

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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.

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Hanging out at Happy Bar
Hanging out at Happy Bar

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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.

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A hippie under sunset
A hippie under sunset

Tubing in a good company

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