05.03.2016 - 07.03.2016 35 °C
Day 20 - 06 March 2016
Exploring Don Khon
After a decent nights sleep and reasonable breakfast, we got a map of the island and headed off in search of a spot where we could chill out and read our books, relaxing in the shade after a busy few days on the road. We found a nice quiet area called Teak way just next to the water and we hung out there for a while just soaking up the peace and quiet.
There were a few water buffalo walking through the shallow water aswell as a few local kids playing trying to stay cool.
After a while, we decided to go and explore the rest of the island. We spotted a sign for a Waterfall so we headed in that direction.
We followed the path which brought us to a farmyard/restaurant and we followed the next sign for Khone Pa Soi waterfall, (Khone Pa is the name of the next island linked by bridge) crossing over a wooden, flexible bridge, sort of like the ones that you would see in a playground.
The waterfall was very small as it was dry season, meaning that there was less water flowing but still refreshing to look at and dip your feet in, on a hot, dry and humid day. I was very tempted to go for a swim but decided not to as ir was extremely rocky and mostly shallow.
We left the cool waterfall and returned to the original path to carry on around the island. A couple of minutes in, we realised that the sun was its highest and its strongest and we were quickly running out of water. We consulted the map and it showed us a route back to where we were staying, cutting through the middle of the island.
We took this next turn right and followed along a dirt track for what seemed like an eternity in the baking sun of the day. Seeing a restaurant up ahead, we stopped there to buy some water but it was not open so we carried on for nearly another 15 minutes before we arrived back to our guesthouse. We demolished two bottles of water in seconds and then ordered fruit shakes to get some energy back into us. It is frightening how quickly your energy levels depreciate and how quickly you dehydrate when you are exposed to temperatures greater than 35 degrees and humidity nearly 100%.
After cooling down with the room aircon and fan, we headed over to the restaurant that we had already been to for breakfast, and availed of their comfortable cushions where you can lie/sit back and stretch out the legs.
We had some more cool drinks and stayed there in a proper chill out state until it was nearly dark.
We got ourselves organised and went to the restaurant that was nearest to our guesthouse where i ate a whole Grilled Mekong fish, caught fresh in the river that day.
The nightlife on Don khon is almost non existent with most places quietening down after 10 pm which is one of the reasons that visitors prefer this to Don Dhet.