SOM PHA MIT (LI PHI) WATERFALL
Accessible from tiny Don Lai Island, just 1 km from Don Khon, west of Ban Khon Tai Village, Som Pha Mit (Li Phi) Waterfall is another amazing natural site to visit. Here you can relax, enjoy the scenery, watch people fishing, and enjoy a dish of freshly caught Mekong fish. This waterfall is named after a sacred Buddha image (Pha), which was dropped in the water-never to be found again by the first King of Laos, Jao Fa Ngum, who was travelling the region by boat. Many people have erroneously called it Li Phi, which actually refers to the entire 20 km east-west stretch of waterfalls and rapids of Si Phan Don (including both Khone Phapheng and Som Pha Mit).
The name Li Phi was given to the area because it acts like a giant fish trap (Li) and will kill any of those who dare to navigate it (Phi means ghost or dead person). Hence, to avoid becoming like a fish in a giant fish trap, please be cautious around the falls and watch your step.