Sipandon (also known as 4000 Islands) is a group of small islands in the Mekong River in Southern Laos. As you cruise down the Mekong, you will see the river splitting off into many channels separated by thousands of islets in different sizes. Some are inhabited by people while others only contain wildlife.
The people in the area depend on fishing for their livelihood. A family can catch as many as 350 kilograms of fish per year. Other sources of income are tourism, rice production and agriculture.
If you are looking for peace and tranquility then the 4,000 Islands is the place to go. It is a great place for nature hikes and relaxation. Even the transportation methods are people powered. The islands are small enough that walking is the best mode of transportation. If you want to reach the far flung islands, a bicycle can be rented at just about anywhere. The Khone Papheng Falls (the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia) is a mere 45 minute bike ride from 4000 Islands. Siphandon is also an excellent spot if you want to catch a glimpse of the Irrawaddy Dolphin.
The scenery also reflects the laid back nature of the area. There are no paved roads connecting the islands, just dirt tracks and bridges. Palm trees and rice fields fill the area with even more serenity, with an occasional sighting of a waterfall and a Buddhist temple dotting the landscape.
In recent times, the area has slowly been renovated for tourists. The three principal islands that have been developed to cater to visitors are Don Det, Don Khon and Don Khong. Don Det and Don Khon are connected by a bridge built by the French. Recently, electricity poles have been erected to serve the area. For now, the three islands mentioned earlier and a fourth one, Don Som are equipped with electricity. Most of the islands are fairly small, so the majority of the guesthouses are stilted on both land and water.
With Exo Travel’s 4000 Islands tour, you can relax and connect with nature and experience a simple and carefree way of life. A Blend of Calm in Southern Laos tour is a deeper insight into the serene region of Southern Laos. See the area’s beautiful natural scenery and visit Wat Phou, a three-tiered temple nestled in the foothills sitting majestically above the rice fields. You can also see our suggested Laos tours for other recommendations into this laid back and peaceful country.
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