I’m cheap. In fact, I’m very cheap. Luckily, while traveling, I also typically enjoy cheap activities, such as reading, writing and plopping down in the middle of an interesting place and people watching for days. While many travelers find these things interesting as well, some like to ruin the cheap, backpacking destinations for the rest of us, and encourage locals to start turning everything in to a tour. Shame on them.
Though I render myself a hypocrite with this post, there is one tour I encourage everyone to do while visiting Laos. On the sleepy river island known as Don Det, everyone should dish out $25 and go on a full day kayaking tour around the southern part of the Mekong River. The tour can be booked on literally every corner of the small island, and all of the attractions that are advertised on the hilarious signs are included in your trip.
My tour started at 8:00 a.m. with a decent breakfast through our travel company. The place was called Mr. B’s, and though the waitress didn’t seem to find my humor charming at this point in the morning, my full breakfast with coffee and water was definitely provided. After breakfast, the others in the tour and myself were given life jackets, dry bags, and traditional Asian hats for sun protection to start the trip.