Getting to Si Phan Don from Sen Monorom/Mondulkiri was an adventure. In order to cross the border form Cambodia into Laos, you must go to the Cambodian border town of Stung Treng.
Distance: 322 KM Time: 4 hours 26 min
Actual time: 10 hours to Stung Treng. Unplanned overnight stay due to getting there too late to cross border. Arrived by next afternoon, 30 hours later. These things happen. At some point you just have to revel in the absurdity of it all. Laughing > Crying.
Most of the people we journeyed with got off the final boat in Don Det, a small island in the middle of the Mekong river without much do to. We got off in Don Khone, a larger island right next to it with even less to do.
Things to do in Si Phan Don:
You can also float (slowly) on an inner tube down the Mekong or go kayaking to see Irawaddy dolphins. We opted to be Lazy McLazersons and not do any of that.
- We booked our tickets to Vientiane with Mr. Pan of Mr. Pan’s guesthouse/restaurant,etc.
- If you’re going to bike around, bring a map. These things are useful! We assumed there was a road that went all the way around the island. This was not the case. We then had to bike back over rough trails through the jungle..in the dark..using our phones to see. Because we are dumdums.
- Load some books onto your kindles and movies onto your laptops before coming here.
Ok humans. That’s it.
Next stop: The Capital, Vientiane.