When it comes to Luang Prabang, the first few things people will think of are wats (Buddhist temples), elephants village, day and night markets, Pub Street, etc. However, there are many wonderful sceneries around the city that are blessed my mother nature. Besides typical activities mentioned, waterfall in Luang Prabang is also a must-see when visiting this ancient capital. Surrounding the town with various distances, they make perfect side trips for those who wish to see more nature after days of walking around city buildings. Indochina tours Laos
Luang Prabang’s Kuang Si waterfalls
Kuang Si Falls, also known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is located about 29 km from Southern Luang Prabang. It is a complex of three tier waterfalls cascading into pools and water holes that are perfect to swim in. Luang Prabang’s Kuang Si is loved by travellers for its clean and turquoise water, although can be a just a little bit chilly at times. Keep in mind that there are signs that signal sacred pools; don’t swim in there.
Tourists can go here by (shared) tuk tuk, taxi, or rented motorbike, which usually takes about an hour to reach the destination. A very small amount of fees (about 2.5 dollars) will be charged for people to visit the site; however, walkways and bridges around the area are very well kept (during rainy season it can be a tad muddy, but that is just natural; good shoes and a good attitude is the key!). There are changing huts for you to change to swimming clothes.
There is a Bear Sanctuary inside Luang Prabang’s Kuang Si park that is the home of Asiatic black bears saved from poachers. They live in big caged and safe environment, with trees and some simple toys to keep them entertained. The sanctuary is open daily from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
Luang Prabang’s Tad Sae waterfall
Particularly interesting to see during rainy season (from August to November), Tad Sae waterfall in Luang Prabang contains many streams of water pouring into the lower pools. You can only reach Tad Sae by boat and a bit of hiking. You will take a motor boat passing the Nam Khan River, and then hike up a bit. Tours in Laos
There are some elephants that can be seen at the entrance. Usually you can ride, bathe, and feed them. From 2011, one-kilometer zip-line is available through the jungle and the waterfall for tourists to have fun with.
There is somehow some certain “dress code” when tourists come to Tad Sae waterfall. Since this place is more popular with the locals than tourists, bathing or swimming in full clothes seems to be the norm for both young Laotians and foreign travellers.
Luang Prabang’s Tad Thong waterfall
Tad Thong waterfall is just 6 km away from Luang Prabang. It offers a very low-key experience in comparison with the other two, and can only be viewed during rainy season. Tad Thong waterfall in Luang Prabang was closed for many years from the public but is now open.
Tad Thong is more famous for its nature trail. In order to access the waterfall pool, you will have to walk approximately 50 minutes across the jungle. There is a combination of both paved and unpaved paths, so make sure you are bringing a good pair of shoes as it can get quite rocky and steep.
Which waterfall is on your must-visit list when coming to Luang Prabang?
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