Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Don Khong

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The Khone Falls and Pha Pheng Falls is a waterfall located in Champasak Province on the Mekong River in southern Laos, near the border with Cambodia . The Khone Falls are the largest in southeast Asia and they are the main reason that the Mekong is not fully navigable into China. The falls are characterised by thousands of islands and countless waterways, giving the area its name Si Phan Don or 'The 4,000 islands'.The highest falls reach to 21m; the succession of rapids stretch 9.7km of the river's length. The average discharge of the cataract is nearly 11000m3/s, though the highest volume on record was reached at over 49000m3/s.Navigable effortsThe Khone Falls is the prime reason why the Mekong river is not fully navigable into China. In the late 19th century French colonialists made repeated attempts to navigate the falls but their efforts failed. This difficulty led to the construction of the Don Det – Don Khon narrow gauge railway on Don Det and Don Khon islands.WildlifeHillstream loach Hemimyzon khonensis is known from a single specimen collected in the Mekong at the Khone Falls. The falls are home to the plabuck, an endangered species of catfish said to be the largest freshwater fish in the world. The plabuck is alleged to reach lengths of 3m and weights of up to 646 pounds (293 kilograms).
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  • The complex before getting to the falls is well maintained and equipped; exposure in a glass case in the trunk of a tree, considered sacred by the inhabitants, recovered after the fall due to a flood of the river. Nice walk. You feel the power of nature
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  • ..I've seen. Even in April that was enough water to show the power of the fall. It was amazing to see! it's not just a waterfall but the rapids. You can see how water is creating always its own way. t...  more »
  • I got here by doing a kayak tour from Don Det. Then a 30 min walk through rice paddys and forrest. It was hot but worth it to see the falls and stand in the cool spray from them. A bit of climbing ove...  more »
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  • Very beautiful place . it's the shortest waterfalls in the world with 21metres long
  • Such a beautiful place.
  • The most beautiful place.
  • Imaging place
  • good view
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