Don Khong is the largest and northernmost of the 4000 Islands. It is also the capital of Khong District and is the logical jumping off point for trips to the rest of the islands. The island boasts having 99 mountain tops; a rich heritage of temples (15 total) and French colonial buildings. It is 24 km long and 8 km wide and has a total of 19 villages, many of which derive their livelihood from fishing. The main market in Ban Kang Don is a great place to visit in the early morning to see the many varieties of fresh Mekong fish available.
Other specialty products of the island include palm sugar, palm leaf hats, and Lhao Khao Gum-a potent alcohol. Two of the island’s mountains, Phou Kyo and Phou Kew, each have sacred caves and offer a refreshing walk in the forest with clear views of the island. A fantastic way to see the island is by bicycle or motorbike, following the paved ring road around.
How to get there: To get to Don Khong, from Pakse take Route 13 south about 131 km and turn right at the sign pointing to “Ban Hart and Ban Khinak”. Follow the paved road straight ahead for 4 km to the boat pier from where you cross over by ferry to Don Khong.