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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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  • If you have not seen any waterfalls before it is great, otherwise there are greater waterfalls. However, it is included in the ticket for the french bridge so worth the time.  more »
  • The waterfall is about two hours drive from Pakse. It is a very beautiful site with stunning view. Good picnic spot as well !!!  more »
  • A very powerful and stunning Mekong ! Don't miss - This is a MUST .. The biggest waterfall in SEA. Walk around ... there are many good spots for Photography. Free Shuttle bus, WiFi and Toilets. The di...  more »