Our visit to Don Khon started off well enough. We arrived in the afternoon and enjoyed a classic Mekong sunset that evening.
|The sun rises and sets as a glowing red orb.|
The next day we rented bicycles and headed off to to see Somphamit Waterfalls. This is where the Mekong River becomes impassable to large ships due to numerous waterfalls and rapids.
|Tee was interested in these waterfalls after viewing a Human Planet episode about fishing these waterfalls during the rainy season.|
|Checking out the fishing boat in the falls.|
|Netting small schools of fish as they battled up the rapids.|
|The fish are then laid out on the rocks to dry|
|Never too old to play in the sand. We made a fabulous shell encrusted dam complete with a spillway at the top.|
|The headless shadow amuses me.|
|Tee putting sugar cane through the juicer. The juice was refreshingly sweet with a hint of popsicle stick.|
|Quenching our thirst with fresh coconut juice. I never get tired of scraping the young meat out of the coconut. It’s an easy way to keep me occupied for awhile.|
Then things went downhill as we never got a good nights sleep for the 4 nights we were on Don Khon. This lead to increasing grouchiness and irritability, never a winning combination.
|Cycling through the jungle only to have the locals tell us to turn around. We didn’t heed their advice and soon came upon a broken bridge. Ooops.|
|Catch of the day and in, my case, catch of a lifetime. Haha!|
|I had a “duh” moment when I realized that the mature coconuts come from the brown husked globes. I thought the brown ones were ones that had gone bad.|
In retrospect it doesn’t surprise me that we were uninspired by Don Khon. Besides it being more crowded than we hoped and not sleeping well, I talked us out of doing 2/3’s the activities that drew us there (more on that later). I don’t think Don Khon got a fair chance.
|Starting a two hour trip back upriver to Don Khong.|
Now we’re off to Don Khong, not to be confused with Don Khon, to give the 4,000 Islands another try.