The 7 Most Stunning Waterfalls in Laos

Laos – the land with millions of elephants is well known for full of astonishing waterfalls plunging into blue pools. Many of these waterfalls have become tourist attractions where you can delight in the clean air and the sound of bird against the backdrop of cascading water. Here is a roundup of top 7 waterfalls in Laos that you must see!


Kuang Si Waterfall, also known as Tat Kuang Si or Tat Kuang Xi, is the most often visited waterfall in the Luang Prabang region in Laos. It is a three-tier waterfall leading to a 50-meter drop into a series of falls and pools that make perfect swimming holes with bright turquoise water. The lower pools are suitable for swimming in and the bridge at the base of the main 60-meter waterfall offers the stunning photo opportunities. Besides, you can also climb up alongside the waterfall to the very top where you can view the waterfall from the top or rent a bamboo raft and paddle upstream.

» Consider our Laos Day Tours to explore the magnificent beauty of Kuang Si waterfall and many other tourist attractions in Laos.

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If you are taking a trip to Southern Laos, you will be into putting Tad Fane at the top of your waterfall list, together with Kuang Si Waterfall. Located within the jungle region of the Dong Hua Sao, a National Biodiversity Conservation region in Laos, Tad Fane is a twin waterfall that plummets 120 meters down steep cliffs into a giant gorge. Coming here, you can truly enjoy the serenity and the calmness of nature with many species of wild animals such as leopards, tigers, elephants, and monkeys.

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Being viewedas the pearl of the Mekong and Asia's Niagara fall, Khone PhaPheng is Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall with a length of almost 10 kilometers. Moreover, the falls are characterized by thousands of islands and countless waterways, giving the area its name Si Phan Don, which literally translates to “Four thousand islands”. Beyond being an awe-inspiring natural formation, it is home to some of the largest species of catfish in the region. Therefore, the falls are included in many tour itineraries, including the popular kayaking and dolphin tours.

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An exploration tour through 100 Waterfalls is a destination that should be on the list of every traveler who is interested in exploring the natural beauty of Laos. Located along the Nam Ou River in Nong Khiaw, 100 Waterfalls have the terrain which is varied and will range from a gentle walk along the river bed, to using fixed bamboo ladders in a couple of very steep places. Excitingly, a small trail on the top of the falls will lead you back down into the valley offering stunning views of the landscape of the Nam Ou valley. Because this is an adventurous excursion, you ought to have a good level of fitness as well as wear appropriate clothing.

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About 12 miles from Luang Prabang, going south to Vientiane, Tad Sae Waterfall is a spectacular natural wonder best appreciated in the wet season. In spite of not being as high as Kuang Si Waterfall, Tad Sae has an aquamarine basin perfect for swimming and limestone rock formations perfect for lounging. In recent years, Tad Sae has become a little "elephant center" where you can meet and see elephants. You can ride and feed them if you can’t be bothered going on a formal tour to one of the nearby elephant camps.

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Nestled at the edge of the Bolaven Plateau, Ta Lo area is renowned for its tranquility, freshness, and made up by three cascades including Tad Hang, Tad Lo, Tad Sung. Many ethnic villages are scattered around the waterfalls, as well as a large number of guest houses and resorts styled in traditional architecture where you can arrange for an elephant ride to the surrounding forests and villages.

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Tad Yuang, located in Champasak Province 40 kilometers from Pakse, is a waterfall that makes an indelible impression when you first lay eyes on it with its twin torrents falling about 40 meters and flowing into the lush jungle. Visiting here, you can follow a path to lookouts at the top to enjoy the many vistas of this impressive waterfall or take a dip above and below the falls during the dry season when the flow of the river is milder.

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Have you ever been to all of these waterfalls? Did the waterfall also impress you? Do not miss seeing these falls on your Laos tours!

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