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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  • Rent a private boat for 250,000 chicken (if you have multiple people can find is the 60,000 chicken pp). Your speed than to Don Khone. 10,000 chicken there rent you for a bike and cycle you ove the old bridge to Don Det. lot of fun to do. Then you will be riding across the bridge back. At the bridge turn right. The signs for the waterfall are already indicated. Entrance costs 35,000 chicken. You will then arrive in a park where you can see the beautiful waterfall!
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  • It is a must see if these are the 4000 islands. The flow of the Mekong River is spectacular, you have several points where you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view.
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  • Definitely worth a visit - even if entry for local conditions with 55,000 kip is relatively expensive. Beautiful plant (under construction) - good access to water and magnificent viewpoints!
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