Ed in Asia travel blog

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Do buffalo say Moo?



Hammock time

Lion Whiskey, $1 each

Near the Cambodian border in southern Laos, the Mekong River gets very wide and a number of islands poke out of the water. Two of the most southern islands are Don Det and Don Khon. It was between these two islands that the French installed a train bridge, the only thing they build when Laos was a colony. Today, the bridge is mainly used by travellers to reach Don Khon to see the waterfalls along the edges of the island. The volume of water is large, particularly during the rainy season, but it doesn't do much falling.

Aside from that, there isn't much to see on Don Det, aside from the inside of your book as you lounge in a hammock on the porch of your bamboo hut. It's a happy place, much like Vang Vieng, and the frequent monsoon rains make that nice dry hammock mighty appealing. The power is only turned on between 6:30 and 8:30 at night, and the rest of the time is spent in candle light. It was here that I was introduced to Lion Whiskey. Much better flavour than Laolao, and only 10,000 kip per bottle ($1USD)!

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