One of the most beautiful waterfalls you will witness in Laos is located in Luang Prabang city. Located a mere 30 minutes from the center of town with four main areas to visit, the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfalls is worth a day trip. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day sitting under the falls and jumping off tree branches into the pools of crystal blue water. Hours will feel like seconds when you walk into this magical oasis.
Swimming in the waterfalls
There are a few sections you can swim in; the first one has a tree you can climb onto and jump off the branch into a pool of blue water. The second section is the most populated. There are huge pools with ledges in the pools where you can bake in the sun while dangling your feet in the cool water. The third section is the one you see when you do a search on Google. It’s the most photographed and is off limits for swimming to preserve its beauty. It’s a beautiful waterfall to photograph. The last section has the tallest waterfall, which is 60 meters high.
Hiking to the top
At the end of the trail, you would find the biggest waterfall where swimming is allowed at the bottom but don’t stop just yet. Instead, you should hike up this waterfall. The steps are steep, but it’s worth the hike. It will only take you 15 to 20 minutes to get to the top. Once there, you’ll find a natural pool to swim and plenty of park benches where you can have a picnic lunch.
Getting there and cost
There are a couple of options to get there. You could have your guesthouse schedule a tuk-tuk for you and other guests of the guesthouse to go together. You can talk to a tuk-tuk in town and negotiate a price to take you to the falls for 4 hours. The Tuk-Tuks can be hired for 50,000 to 60,000 KIP (6.25 to 7.25 USD) to drop you at the site and return in four hours to pick you. They will also wait for the tuk-tuk to be full before you leave. If you book one at 8:00 AM, it may be 10:00 AM before the tuk-tuk is full and ready to set off. It might be best to book directly through your hotel or guesthouse. The waterfalls open at 8:30 AM and it costs 20,000 KIP (2.50 USD) to access the waterfalls.
Make memories at the waterfalls
Spending a half-day at the waterfalls is not enough time. Once you get a taste of how relaxing and beautiful the waterfalls are, you will want to come back for more. Another way to see the waterfalls is by renting a motorbike and riding up to the waterfalls on your own. If you plan to be there right when they open, you will be one of the few to enjoy the tranquil nature before the 10:00 AM rush. Witnessing these waterfalls in the morning light with only you and your loved ones around is the thing memories are made of.
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