Kuang Si Waterfalls – An Aquatic Heaven in Luang Prabang

Visitors coming to Laos often list the magical UNESCO town of Luang Prabang as a highlight for their traveling trip due to a diverse collection of golden temples, grand palaces, street food markets, or red-robed monks rising early for alms, in which Kuang Si Waterfalls seem to be the brightest highlight.

Do you know that breathtaking cascades comprising several water layers which lead to a 50-meter drop into spectacular pools make the Kuang Si one of Luang Prabang’s most well-known tourist attractions?

The following guides will introduce you to this aquatic paradise.

The Kuang Si Waterfalls’ Legend

According to a legend expressed by the local people, Kuang Si waterfalls were formed once a wise old man dug into the earth with a view to finding out the water source of the Nam Si. Afterwards, he gasped with surprise at a golden deer lived under a rock appearing from the new waters. This story explains why these waterfalls are named as Kuang Si, kuang means deer while si defines the action of digging in Lao. Specifically, the water’s sound when falling on this rock created an enchanting echo that makes people be eager for coming to this waterfall annually.

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Reasons to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls


Because of having a tropical monsoon climate, Lao weather usually turns out really hot. As a result, the aquamarine pool at the base of the waterfalls is definitely perfect for escaping the high temperature by cooling off in. In fact, the pools here owns stunning cascades up to five meters in height with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle. Therefore, in case of not fancying a swim, then you can sit in the shadow and watch others jumping in and out of the water.

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- You need to avoid taking a dip in one of the pools that is designated sacred site.

  • You can change swimming clothes at the wooden huts located nearby the entrance.
  • The best time to go swimming in this area lasts from January to May (but still pack your swimmers just in case); please care about the calm waters which can transform into muddy rapids during the rainy season.

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Actually, a plenty of hidden walking trails leading to the top of Kuang Si waterfalls will make your trekking more fantastic. In reality, these trekking trails definitely lead you into the Lao hinterland and surrounding countryside while passing a few green paddy fields and vegetable gardens before reaching the forested mountains with spectacular sceneries and some steeper climbs. 

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Wildlife and bear sanctuary

While in the Kuang Si waterfall sanctuary, apart from a butterfly park with numerous kinds of flora as well as fauna to spot, you can easily see endangered bears freely roaming and playing on the grounds in this area. Bears Rescue Center will bring you a sympathetic sense for Asiatic black bears rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers by Mr. Mary Hutton’s not-for-profit project. In order to support this center, you can make a donation depending your budget or even only buy a "Free The Bears" T-Shirt. 

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Meeting local people

How nice it would be when taking time over with vistas across rice fields and making advantage of seizing opportunities to meet locals along the path. Especially, stopping in a Hmong village where the old female villagers wearing customary clothes and purchasing their hand woven crafts to take home as meaningful souvenirs, will let you profoundly enjoy your travelling moments. 

How to get to Kuang Si Waterfalls 

If you are seeking for the easiest way to go to the waterfalls, a tuk-tuk which takes you about 45 minutes is the number-one option for a half-day rental. Normally, you can freely relax in this area and return whenever you want to because the drivers are always here to patiently wait for you. For gaining a cheaper price, it is ideal to share tuk-tuk with other groups.

As a rule, two mini-buses daily departing at 12:00 and 14:00 from Naluang Mini Bus station to Kuang Si Waterfalls are always available with the aim of serving customers at the best. Waiting at the entrance gate; therefore, these buses will offer 2 hours to visit the falls and allow them come back by the same one. 

Travelling lovers like you can make their own ways way to the waterfall fitting their style by hiring a motorcycle. Indeed, riding a motorbike which means it is up to you in the time for going to and coming back. By this way, you can slow down to enjoy fresh air and see pretty views or tranquil villages on both of road sides with no difficulties.

Opening Hours: daily from 8:00 to 17:30

Ticket Price: 20,000 Kip

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