The largest island of Si Phan Don, a group of islands in the Mekong River, Khong Island offers a unique opportunity to experience rural life in Laos with its lovely fishing villages, serene monasteries and lush vegetation. The island has a number of natural wonders including the powerful Li Phi waterfalls and if you’re lucky, you may just spot the Irrawaddy dolphins on the south coast. The islanders live in and around two villages – Muang Khong on the eastern shore and Muang Saen on the west. Life here moves slowly and the villages are best experienced on bicycle rides around the countryside. Colonial buildings, river piers and a defunct railway are all left over relics from the French built during the late 1800s.