Electricity and internet

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Candle lights at night in Don Det.

How does the electricity work in Don Det ?

Since 2010 (only), there is electricity in Don Det. It works 24 hours a day, but sometimes with short cuts for 5 min - 12 hours max (especially while storms strike).
The power is limited in intensity, as a result some guesthouses with A/Cs are not always cold enough.
Apart from the occasional cuts, electricity in Don Det sometimes drops without stopping. This particular phenomenon is observed everywhere in the area, and means lights and fans as all electrical appliances work with a very small power. Electronic components that require a weak quantity of energy such as torches or smartphones, are still working and can be charged, but not greedy devices. Moreover, these declines are not often located at the same places at the same time, which means a part of the island can be normally fed, whereas other parts weakly. That's why you can sometimes observe a hotel or a restaurant in Don Det with lights on, and another one next with lights off. It's just a question of chance, and the penalized areas vary from a day to another, there are no better places to stay to get electricity. This is just normal life in the jungle, and luckily these electricity drops are less frequent than episodic !

As we never know when there will be a cut, it's important to bring a fully charged flashlight when you come to Don Det. Waking up in the middle of the night in a complete darkness can be quite disturbing ! In addition, even without power cut, your personal light can be very helpful here at night if you go out in the evening, because Don Det is not well lit in its South part. There's no street light like in big cities, and riding late a bicycle can be particularly frightening.


Fisherman at night in Don Det © Cristo Foletti

Internet speed, free wifi connexions and internet shops

The only technology that exists for internet now in Don Det is the 3G. There are 3 Lao telecom operators (Mphone, Unitel, and ETL), and the best one is reputated Mphone (with 2 different packages, one better than the other). A lot of guesthouses and restaurants in Don Det provide free wifi connections, but some of them subscribe a basic and cheap package that is slow. In addition, the speed depends on the number of connected people, and there are occasionaly strong disruptions with the networks, that means long waits to open a web page. However, in the normal situation, the connectivity is good and it's possible to surf conveniently, watching videos or chatting fluidly, that is absolutely great for an isolated and small island like Don Det !
Baba guesthouse provides the fastest connexion that is possible to get here, with all the rooms linked via a strong wifi.

In case you'll need a computer, there are two internet shops located in the center of Don Det. Expensive, the price turns around 400 kips/min.

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