03.12.2008 - 11.12.2008 36 °C
We spent six days on Don Dhet (originally intended only three).
During that time we sun bathed, sat in hammocks, ate, drank, cycled, and visited a waterfall.
Not necessarily in that order!
The waterfall is on the neighboring island of Don Khon.
It was really powerful when we visited and crashing over the rocks with awesome force.
After a short walk alongside the falls we came across a beach.
The sand actually glitters here and the water is crystal calm.
You cannot swim here tho as the locals believe the water is inhabited by spirits of the dead.
Before we went to Don Dhet we were told by various traveller types that:
"it is not a fun place, it had been trashed by tourism, all you hear at night is "boom boom boom",
its as bad as vang vieng, blah, blah, blah.
We are so glad we ignored them, we loved it!
After our Zen time on DD we took a short trip to Champasak.
Again it is very beautiful and chilled (notice a theme forming?)
'Champasak in rush hour!'
From there you can visit a site of temple ruins called Vat Phou (wats are vats in Laos!?*).
It is in the Angkor style and is set into a mountain.
We thought that we might have been 'templed out' after our time at Angkor Wat but we really enjoyed this one.
The sight is begun by two big 'lakes', you have to walk up hundreds of steps to reach the actual temple
but once up there wow!
The view is amazing of the mountains either side and Champasak itself.
There is a sacred stream running through the cliff face.
The whole site has an atmosphere of serenity and peace.
Enough words you can see the picture....