On the Mekong river, explore Don Daeng island, an outpost of shrines, beaches and weaving on the doorstep of Vat Phou World Heritage site.
What to experience ?
Don Daeng is a small, idyllic island on the Mekong River not far from historic Champasak town, gateway to the Vat Phou World Heritage Site. Travellers can stop off on the island to relax and enjoy Lao rural life before or after visiting the Vat Phou temple complex or en route to the 4,000 river islands in the deep south. Accommodation is offered in a community lodge or with local families and visitors can spend the day walking or biking around the island’s tree-shaded paths and sandy beaches, visiting the many cultural sites and sampling its abundant fruits and fresh fish.
There are ancient stupas on the island dating back to the era of Vat Phou, plus Buddhist temples, basket weaving villages and a protected community forest. Guided tours can be arranged to the various attractions on the island through the community lodge or your homestay family, including a boat trip to the little visited Angkorian Tome temple hidden in forest on the nearby mainland. Higher-end accommodation on the island is also available at the privately run La Folie Lodge.
How does it help ?
The community on the island benefits directly through providing accommodation, guiding and lodge hospitality services, boat transport, bike rentals and the sale of locally produced food and handicrafts. The Village Committee oversees the tourism activities on the island and charges a 5% tax on all revenue earned by the community members for contribution to a village development fund. Service groups have also been established to promote the equitable sharing of the benefits of tourism. The island’s small scale, community-based tourism enterprise provides a successful demonstration of the type of sustainable tourism that is being encouraged inside the Vat Phou – Champasak World Heritage area.
Champasak Provincial Tourism Office & Champasak Eco Guide Service are located in Pakse, Ban Thasalakham
Tel: +856 (0) 31 212 021
In Ban Mouang village you can hire a boat to the island
For more information on trekkings visit www.ecotourismlaos.com/champassak.htm
Don Daeng island