Laos has a reputation among travelers for being a pretty laid back place. And our first destination here — the Four Thousand Islands — might just be one of the remoter and laid backer parts of Laos.
These islands are scattered in the Mekong river in southern Laos, just over the border from Cambodia. We are spending three days on Don Det, an island linked by a bridge to the neighboring island of Don Khon. The main activities include walking or bicycling the dirt roads of these two islands, visiting some pretty dramatic Mekong waterfalls on Don Khon, and, well, hanging out.
Laos is also known as a pretty friendly destination for people with a passion for getting stoned. That’s not really our scene, but we’ve been amused to see a good bit of it among the backpacker set hanging out here in Don Det. In a conversation I overheard at a bar yesterday, one guy was lamenting that Don Det was not “as laid back” as he expected. The other guy’s response was something along the lines of, “Dude, if this place was any more laid back it, like, couldn’t exist.”