Majestic Waterfalls in Luang Prabang

Our planet is full of beautiful natural wonders, waterfall is one of the most spectacular and fascinating gifts that Mother Nature gave us. There’s something magical about gazing at streams of water when it falling over steep cliffs. And the water fumes and droplets spread in the air creating amazing sounds. Waterfalls are abundant throughout Laos, especially in Luang Prabang. If you are in this city, don’t miss out on chances to admire two impressive waterfalls in Luang Prabang: Kuang Si and Tad Sae.

1. Kuang Si 

Located about 30 kilometers to the southwest of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si is one of the most popular tourist attractions.  After an interesting trek through the mangrove forest, you will have a great time to admire the countless cascading pools of turquoise water trickling down from the 60-meter main fall over low stone stairs. Kuang Si waterfall area has many swimming pools which are suitable for both kids and adults. These pools also have cascades of up to five meters height with cool water under the shadow of surrounding lush tropical jungle. This area also offers wooden changing huts located close to the entrance for those who want to enjoy the cool water of Kuang Si falls.

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Through a trail to the left of the falls, you can reach the peak which has an amazing spot to have the great view over the surrounding area. Remember to bring the suitable footwear because the trails can get slippery. It certainly not recommended for children or the frailty.

If the waterfall is too crowded for you, there is another secret pool nearby. Although the secret pool isn’t entirely a secret, it is still a worthwhile location to refresh your body after a long day of trekking.

Other activities you should do when you visit the waterfall are that you can stop by at the famous bear sanctuary and Butterfly Park. 

The bear sanctuary is a home of Asiatic black bears and moon bears which are considered to be an endangered species. This sanctuary rescues them, allows them to roam and enjoy life outside the cage.

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Asiatic black bears

Butterfly Park located a few hundred meters from the entrance of the Kuang Si waterfall. It is a great place for you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and improve knowledge about larvas, cocoons and many lovely butterflies. 

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Larva butterfly

How to get there: There are many ways to reach Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang such as tuk-tuk, minivan, boat, motorbike, bike, etc. But we recommend you to hire a tuk-tuk – the cheapest way or take a boat trip to enjoy the gorgeous mountain scenery. 

The waterfall is open every day from 8:30 A.M-17.30 P.M and requires an admission fee of 20,000 kips ( around $2.50 ). 

Best time to visit: You can visit Kuang Si fall at any season because it flows year round. But the best time to visit the Kuang Si falls is from January to May when the water settles down and has a stunning turquoise color. We do not recommend you to visit this waterfall from July to October because the water is brown and flowing fast. The waterfall gets busy during the weekend so if you want to avoid the crowds then come here early on a weekday.

2. Tad Sae

An adventure tour to Laos wouldn't be complete without an exploration to Tad Sae waterfall. This is the favorite spot of local for swimming. Unlike the stunning turquoise of gentle water tumbles over limestone rocks of Kuang Si falls, Tad Sae streams fall through the variety of forest layers into large pools below. It is an ideal location for having a picnic and drink some Beer Laos. This place also offers many public toilets and restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisines.

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Tad Sae waterfall.

There are many interesting activities for you to enjoy like zip lining, riding, bathing for elephant and so on. These activities are really fun and definitely bring you a nice memory to remember.

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How to get there: You can visit the Tad Sae waterfall by hiring a tuk-tuk. It will take you to the banks of the Nam Khan river and then you can rent a boat to the waterfall. 

The Kuang Si waterfall is open for visitors every day from 8.00A.M to 5.30P.M and the entrance fee is 15,000 kip ( about $2 ).

Best time to visit: The beauty of this waterfall reaches its peak during the rainy season when the flow becomes stronger and the water is clearer. July isn’t a suitable time to visit this falls because it is very limited water.

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