Far south

The far south is studded with wonderful attractions: from pristine jungle scenery to the cooler Boloven Plateau and the rambling ruins of Wat Phou, once an important regional powerbase. The true gems of the south, however, are the Siphandon (4000 islands), lush green islets that offer the perfect setting for those wanting to kick back for a few days. This region, near the border with Cambodia, is an idyllic picture-perfect ending to any trip in Laos. The three main islands offer something for all tourists: the larger Don Khong is great for exploring and taking in the stunning vista and traditional Lao rural life; Don Deth is a backpacker haven and is good for those who want to while away the days in a hammock with a good book; and Don Khone is better for tourist sites such as the Li Phi falls or old colonial ruins. There are roaring waterfalls nearby and pakha, or freshwater dolphins, can sometimes be spotted here between December and May.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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