Four Thousand Islands
Everyone was talking about this place so we had to check this out. We read that Don Det was the quietest, cheapest & most lively Island of them all so we had to go there. They was only me, Brad & Anthony travelling at the moment but Tyson & Ferrer were meeting the next day. When we got to the FTI we had to get a longtail boat to Don Det which was a bit rocky to say the least, everytime anyone moved a bit it rocked & I thought we were a gonna a few times. We were first off & they didn't even drop us off at a pier or landing pad so I was first off & just sank into the mud with my flip plops then nearly got pulled into the river by my Backpack & day sack - haha. This was just a start to the laughs we had on the Island!
We rocked up at Paradise Bungalows Resort & managed to get our own Bungalow with massive Bed, Balcony with 2 Hammoks over looking the River for 15,000 kip which is 1 pound 50 per night each - BARGAINING SKILLS They was 5 Bungalows is total & were ideal for the Sunrise.
Dropped bags then hired some Bikes to get around the Island! After about 30mins we bumped into Katrina & her two mates Sheila & Katrina both from Switzerland. After having lunch & a giggle with them we biked around the whole Island which took us ages......not, it only took us about 45 mins but now we knew where everything was so decided to sit in the Regga Bar as it was quite busy with many laughter!
Sat down & were handed the Menu of which on the Back had the Happy Shakes etc so that explained the laughter hense he name of the Bar being Regga Bar - haha. So we had a drink, game of chess & watched the Sunset. Later on we had no electricity & by this time we were pretty wrecked so finding stuff in the dark was pretty hard! The Japanesse guy next to me was playing his Digereedo so I was just chilling listening to him in my hammok & it was the best - chilled out to the max!!
Going on a bit here but this place was un-believable! Taking our bikes back in the pich black was so funny, Anthony was leading as he was the only one with a Tourch but that didn't matter....we all nearly went into the river a few times & I crashed into the fence!! This dosen't sound funny but it was hillarious at the time!! That night we just talked alot of rubbish, played cards & laughed most of the night!!
The next day I watched the Sunrise in my Hammok which was really nice then we decided to move Bungalows to the other side of the Island for the Sunset & on the way we bumped into Tyson & Ferrer. This place sounds like they were loads of Toursits but it was mainly just Families living here growing there own crops, fruit, veg, animals to survive then about 50 Tourists.....not many people at all & they was no electricity at most of the places.
We booked another Bungalow each at a Better Place & told Tyson & Ferrer of our experience the day before so we went back to the Regga Bar again & had a drink then we hired bikes again & travelled to the other Island called Don Khon across the old Railway Bridge. We were told about the Waterfall on this Island so decided to visit that (largest volume vaterfall in SE Asia) which was impressive then we went off the beaton track & found this huge Beach of which they was no-one there appart from us & a Bar.So we had to have a Beer Lao of course & just chill & talk more nonesense !!
The night times were pretty much the same....eat, drink, play cards, talk poop as they was no Clubs or Bowling Alleys on this Island (of which I was gutted as now I am an experienced Bowler)
One of the Days we all went on a Boat Trip around the Four Thousand Islands which was nice but the seats were just made of wood & I definately had a sore bottom afterwards as well as the others (I think) - haha! Aftrerwards we all went to watch the Sunset at a Bar near us & as you will see from the pictures this was....fantastic!!
After 4 days on the Island we done everything we could so we left to go to Pakse then to Cambodia to go to rthe Capital Phnom Penh
I would seriously recommend Don Det to anyone on the Travels, so un-touched, so cheap, chilled, relaxing all the families on the Island were so friendly saying Sabadee (Hello) everytime you walked past, the chilsdren were so full of life, happy & always smiling & laughing. A really good experience here with a great atmosphere with the travellers!!
I will say chow for now & I will upload my pics when I find & quicker Tinternet cos this is pants!!
Cambodia will be next with Phnom Penh & Siam Reap. Hope you are liking the blog & if I go on to much tell me - haha. Hope your all well! Take care