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At Asia Senses Travel we’re adventurers at heart. Our journeys are all about discovering new places and cultures while creating unforgettable memories through physical activity and breathtaking scenery.

Visit 4000 islands

In Laos’s deepest south, just above the border with Cambodia, Si Phan Don, or the 4,000 Islands Area, the muddy stream of the Mekong is shattered into a 14km-wide web of rivulets, creating a landlocked archipelago. This labyrinth of islets, rocks and sandbars has acted as a kind of bell jar or natural barrier, preserving traditional southern lowland Lao culture from outside influences. Island villages were largely unaffected by the French or American wars, and the islanders’ customs and folk ways have been passed down uninterrupted since ancient times. The stunning archipelago has impressive waterfalls and is home to rare flora and fauna including a species of freshwater dolphin and the pre Angkorian temple of Wat Phou.
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The area is renown for its spectacular waterfalls, tranquil villages and unspoiled natural beauty.
Lieng Thammasith
Laos Travel Specialist

Best Time to Visit 4000 islands

Best time to visit 4000 islands (Si Phan Don) is during the dry season from November to March, when temperatures are cooler. The hot season from March to May is generally fine too, since you can jump in the river anytime you want to cool off.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
24
Feb
27
Mar
28
Apr
29
May
28
Jun
27
Jul
26
Aug
26
Sep
26
Oct
26
Nov
25
Dec
24
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
2
Feb
11
Mar
17
Apr
72
May
215
Jun
278
Jul
317
Aug
314
Sep
398
Oct
182
Nov
44
Dec
9
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
24ºC
2mm

FEB
27ºC
11mm

MAR
28ºC
17mm

APR
29ºC
72mm

MAY
28ºC
215mm

JUN
27ºC
278mm

JUL
26ºC
317mm

AUG
26ºC
314mm

SEP
26ºC
398mm

OCT
26ºC
182mm

NOV
25ºC
44mm

DEC
24ºC
9mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to 4,000 Islands, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to 4,000 Islands on a bespoke touring itinerary to Laos, do not hesitate to contact us.
4000 Islands

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Southern Laos Adventure Tour

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Highlights of Laos Tour

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Cruises in 4000 islands

Vat Phou Cruise
Originally a ferry that carried teak wood between Vientiane and the south of Laos, in 1993 the Vat Phou boat was lovingly converted into a luxurious floating hotel, cruising the Mekong river. Accommodating up to 24 people, this spacious vessel offers plenty of areas in which to relax in peace as you cruise the “Mother of Waters” to the wild paradise of the 4,000 islands.

Ideas for Experiencing 4000 islands

Full-day Tour of 4000 Islands
Take an adventure through Si Phan Don, the Mekong River’s 4000 Island region. Explore this fascinating region by bicycle and boat. Have a chance to soak up the laid back atmosphere of this remote part of the world.