Take a boat along the Mekong and visit the Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is an area of land where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. You can take a boat ride down the Mekong River and stop over on a small part of Laos at the market where everything is cheap cheap. Try some very strange whiskey such as snake, tiger penis, gecko or armadillo (which has all these things INSIDE the whiskey you are drinking!!!) You can also take a short bus ride to Mae Sae and visit the very top of Thailand. Mae Sae has massive markets with top of the range knock off goods so it’s worth a look if you like your designer attire!
Si Phan Don
Si Phan Don, an archipelago of sandbars and rocky islets surrounded by the Mekong River. It’s definitely a highlight in all guidebooks guiding through Laos. Traveler’s paradise for relaxing in a hammock and observing the laid back style. The most common and often visited islands are Don Det and Don Khon. Don Det has cheaper bungalow accommodations and is busier with bars and restaurants. Don Khon is home to two impressive waterfalls and from the south tip of the island is where you can spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. It’s also a fisherman’s paradise; they can be seen all over the Mekong cruising on their tail boats. Rural lifestyle, rice paddies, turquoise water and butterflies are what sparks Si Phan Don’s character.