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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  • August 21, 2017
    Beautiful waterfalls, but the fare to get there from Don Khone is exorbitant and the entrance to 55000 kips (€5 80) could cool more than one. We called the falls of Laos, let's not exaggerate. Personally I'd love those of Li Phi.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A very interesting site with lots of photo opportunities. The falls are well worth visiting even though the inferstructure is a little run down. A good tidy up woild make them so much better and the a...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    These 15 m high and 1 km wide falls are the largest in Southeast Asia. The view is great, the sound of hell and the show impressive. You can descend to the foot of the falls in some places where the vision is even more spectacular. The circuit well signposted along the river is to do it without hesitation to have diverse views on "attraction".
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