Don Khong is not nearly as popular as nearby Don Det and Don Khon (don’t confuse the two, Khon, sometimes spelled as Khone, does not have the “g,” and adjoins Don Det). As Don Det is known as the backpacker party hangout, it gets most of the traffic, and neighboring Don Khon has lots to do, such as visiting waterfalls and the Irrawaddy dolphins. But don’t let this discourage you from visiting Don Khong. This large island is a great place to experience traditional rural Lao life, and outside of the strip of the northeast coast, where the village of Muang Khong is located, and where all the tourist facilities are, you’ll feel like you have this place all to yourself.
The interior of Don Khong is made up of verdant rice paddies and small farms, incredibly picturesque, and highly worth visiting, especially by bicycle, which is a great way to get around. Bikes can be rented from guesthouses in Muang Khong. Other things to do include checking out the market and sunset on the west coast of the island, and taking a boat trip out on the Mekong.