Dwellings, Don Det
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The Don Det–Don Khon railway was a 7-kilometer (4.3 mi)-long narrow-gauge portage railway on the islands of Don Det and Don Khon, opened in 1893 to transport vessels, freight, and passengers along the Mekong River, and closed since the 1940s.
The walking path around the island is 7.2 km (4.47 mi). Don Det is linked to its twin island Don Khon by a bridge. Don Som, the closest island accessible by pirogue, is 250 m (820 ft) from Don Det.
Buddhist alms in Don Det. Every day, early morning three child monks from the temple walk in the village with their alms bowls to collect food, prepared and offered by the locals, and to recite a short prayer in exchange. Ritually, Buddhist monks in Laos have only two meals a day: one in the morning and one at noon. They fast in the evening.
Ritual procession of Buddhist monks in front of a coffin over a pyre before lighting the fire, during funerals in the countryside of Don Det. Holding a rope linked to the coffin is a ritual called chungsob (Lao: ຈູງສົບ) in relation with the soul of the deceased. This rope will not be incinerated and may be kept by the monks. Traditionally, cotton strings play an important role in ceremonies in Laos, like in the baci, and can be used in various ways at diverse occasions. In front of the coffin, there is a Buddhist money tree, religious item with authentic banknotes, an offering to the monks.
Day of the ghosts (Boun kao padap din), the people of the village of Don Det offer rice, biscuits and home-made cakes to the monks at the temple.
View from Don Det: river bank of the twin island Don Khon, with stilt wooden houses.
Don Det features a tropical wet and dry climate. While the city is generally very warm throughout the year, it is noticeably cooler during December and January. Don Det also experiences wet and dry seasons, with the wet season from April until October, and the dry season during the remaining five months. Temperatures range from 15°C to 38°C.
Colorful clouds and blue sky with water reflection of an island hosting a Samanea saman (rain tree) and other trees, at sunrise, in Don Det.
Tiny inhabited house, made of wood and corrugated iron, surrounded by trees and bamboo fences, in the middle of green paddy fields, with long shadows in sunshine under a stormy sky, and a woman wearing a red sweater and a conical straw hat walking in front, at golden hour, during the monsoon, in Don Det.
Landscape with stormy clouds and a pirogue on the Mekong at golden hour, from the bridge between Don Det and Don Khon.
The Khone Phapheng Falls, a succession of impassable rapids that gave rise to the construction of the railway, are among the main features accessible from Don Det. Freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins (pakha), an endangered species, can be viewed by boat.
Irrawaddy dolphins, water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis), common House Geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus), bronze grass skink (Eutropis macularia), and bioluminescent beetles can be seen in Don Det.
Two Bubalus bubalis (water buffaloes) bathing at sunset in a pond of Don Det. These buffaloes are often cooling themselves in the water (or in the mud), when the weather is hot. One of these domestic animals has a nose rope to facilitate its handling during the growing season, though here in May they are not yet attached, and thus free to move around the island.
Bubalus bubalis (water buffalo) calf, looking at the viewer, the feet in a pond, in Don Det.
Borbo cinnara (Rice swift) on a leaf, in Don Det.
Close-up view of a bioluminescent beetle Elateroidea, on a leaf. The species produces and emits light, via a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted into light energy. Bioluminescent beetle species are in regression in the World because of the phenomenon of light pollution, insecticides and climate change. This specimen comes from the island of Don Det.
Eutropis macularia (bronze grass skink) eating a frog, in Don Det.
Tenebrionidae Strongylium (Darkling beetle) on a leaf, in Don Det.
Young girl riding a motorcycle in the rice fields of Don Det, Laos, with four other children passengers.
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- Don Det travel guide from Wikivoyage
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