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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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  • Waterfalls or big Rapids is equal, always "pha" are, the wall into the water, to classify them is a problem for the Western mysticism of Laos makes no difference, and these are powerful, very powerful, not as the great South American or African leaps, but among the strongest in Southeast Asia. Nice, very nice, we went in late March, which in theory should be the end of the dry season, the worst of the worst, but in reality the clang and the quantity of water were impressive. I do not deny that I have a weakness for jumps, and see the Mekong disintegrate on the rocks is a sight not indifferent. We arrived early in the morning from Paksè in a couple of hours, and we left the car in the garage which is at the entrance, paid for the ticket of entry of 55,000 Lak (6,3€) for foreigners and 20,000 Lak for Laotians, it's not exactly cheap, but he got there I wouldn't have missed the entrance even for ten euros, is a once in a lifetime , and then at the end I was satisfied. Small ride on an electric train to get to belvedere and then from there you can go down among the rocks to get in touch with the bubbling River. If what I saw was at a minimum of its strength during the dry season, it becomes unimaginable during the rainy season. Coming out then we stopped for an offer and a prayer (not me) in front of the Pavilion that houses the manikhoth, that would be the remnants of an old tree which stood in the middle of the waterfall and that full of 2013 has nearly swallowed, they did an operation with helicopters to retrieve it, the locals it considers sacred, the myth of the three arms originates from an ancient Sanskrit text , which recognized magical powers, eating the first turned to the East gave the eternal youth, eat that nato at the Centre facing the South promised power, eat the fruit of the Western branch was bad luck and who ate turned into a monkey. Visit highly recommended, for me a must in southern Laos.
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  • Preserved site, wild a trail to access the panorama restaurant of the camelots the cool spray flow is impressive
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  • Very beautiful waterfalls. The place is well organized. An activity has not to miss if you like falls. I recommend.
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