Don Det Emerges as a Tranquil Haven for Stressed Travelers

Don Det Emerges as a Tranquil Haven for Stressed Travelers
The scenery of Don Det island (photo: 12Go Asia)

As the trend of dispersed tourism rises, Don Det, an island in Champasak Province’s Si Phan Don archipelago, is gaining recognition as a top destination amid the serene Mekong River waters.’s recent report positions Don Det at the 7th spot among emerging international and domestic destinations searched by Asia-Pacific (APAC) travelers, placing it alongside Spain’s Camarinas, especially for those who seek elevated rest and relaxation.

In southern Laos, Don Det is famous for its slow pace, stunning landscapes, and commitment to preserving traditional lifestyles. As more people turn to travel as a stress reliever, 66 percent of respondents in’s research aim for uninterrupted relaxation in 2024, and Don Det is an ideal destination for those seeking tranquility.

The growing trend of dispersed tourism is emerging as many have begun searching for ways to escape noisy big cities and indulge themselves in a silent space accompanied by a cozy ambiance at least for a few hours or a day, to self-reflect and be surrounded by natural scenery. 

Offering those options has made APAC tourists seek out Don Det, as the island is a peaceful getaway where relaxation is valued. Yet, visitors can also enjoy various activities to soak in its captivating atmosphere.

Options include cycling around the island, observing the laid-back lifestyles, or taking an affordable tour to see Li Fi Falls. Exploring the Angkor-era ruins of Wat Phu in Champasak, while not as grand as Angkor Wat, is a unique experience with its hillside setting and fewer crowds.

Travelers can conveniently reach Don Det by taking a 2.5-hour bus ride from Pakse, a district in Champasak Province, for those journeying from Vientiane Capital, a 10-hour bus ride to Pakse precedes the final leg of the journey to this idyllic island.

Laos is becoming a peaceful choice for travelers seeking an authentic experience, moving away from crowded tourist spots. The rise of dispersed tourism emphasizes visiting less-known, especially rural, areas where the focus is on the beauty of nature.

The popularity of Laos as a distinguished destination for tourists around the globe can be attributed, in part, to international media coverage from renowned publications such as Australian Travel Publication, National Geographic, CNN, Wanderlust, and Fodor’s, which have highlighted Laos as a must-visit destination.