Kuang Si Waterfall could easily be one of the reasons to visit Laos!
Yes! It’s that beautiful!
I had seen many pictures of it on blogs and even in the phones of people who have been there and sometimes, when a lot of different people speak highly of one place, my expectations tend to drop, thinking it’s just another tourist trap. But I knew that this waterfall isn’t one of those places!
We’d seen a few waterfalls in Thailand as well, but some of them were all dried out. Fortunately, it wasn’t the case for Kuang Si waterfall, which has plenty of water even in the dry season.
How to get to Kuang Si Waterfall
Because it’s quite far from the city of Luang Prabang, you have two options: either rent a motorbike and ride to it by yourself, or hire a tuk tuk.
The benefit of renting a motorbike is that you can explore at your own pace, you can stop along the way and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, take pictures, eat at a local street food stall, you get the point.
Getting a tuk-tuk will cost around 200.000 KIP (25 USD) and the driver will wait for you for 3-4 hours. Finding someone to share this cost with is probably a good idea. (costs as of 2016)
Laos Buffalo Dairy on the way to Kuang Si Waterfall
Anyway, it doesn’t matter how you choose to get there, don’t forget to stop also at Laos Buffalo Dairy, located just on the way. They have a great story to tell, work with local communities and produce dairy products. Oh yup, that means absolutely delicious buffalo ice cream! But also many other! Have to try it!
At Kuang Si Waterfall
The entrance fee is 20.000 KIP (2.5 USD)/person and on your way to the waterfall , ou’ll pass by a bear rescue center, which you can visit for free.
“Free the bears” doesn’t receive any money from the Kuang Si Park admission and relies on public donations, so if you want to support the bears, you can do it by making a donation to the center or buying a T-shirt for 60.000 KIP. The center houses 23 Asiatic Black Bears, all rescued from the hands of poachers, which hunt them for their use in Chinese medicine.
After spending some time watching the cute bears, we made it to the first pool of the waterfall. There are several pools, all suitable for swimming, which lead to the main fall with a 60 meters cascade.
This place is incredible! Surrounded by tropical trees, the turquoise water gently flows over white limestone rocks and as you move further up the falls, you kinda’ like Lara Croft exploring the jungle, with each step taking you closer to a grandiose discovery! I’m telling you, this place is out of this world! These pictures don’t do justice to the beauty of the falls!
The water was cold, but that didn’t stop me from going for a quick swim and fish spa.
Unfortunately, shortly after we arrived, it started pouring down and everyone fled the scene. I wasn’t going to let a bit of rain ruin our day, so we kept on for a while, eventually giving up and taking shelter under a gazebo.
For me Kuang Si Waterfall remains the best waterfall I’ve experienced so far! What was your favourite waterfall?
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