When I first saw the waterfall on the internet I though there are just too many filters used for the pictures. But this scenery looks exactly like on the photos. It’s definitely a place you must-see and a great itinerary for a day trip.
Why to visit Kuang Si Falls?
It’s very easy to get to Kuang Si falls and the entrance is cheap (around 3$). The simplest way to get there is to pick up the tuk-tuks from the centre of town in Luang Prabang. There are few waterfalls near Tat Sae but during dry season they might be completely dry. But this place is just incomparably more beautiful. Small changing rooms are available near the fall. Mind the signs asking tourists to dress respectfully and also not all pools are allowed to swim in, as some of them ate treated by locals as sacred places.
It’s not only about admiring this amazing scenery, it’s also about swimming in clear blue-green water.. but also freezing water (at least in February)! There’re few pools in the main area. There are rope swings and a tree you can jump into the pools from.
After your swimming adventure you can climb up alongside the waterfall to the very top to get a great view of the waterfall and the surrounding valley. The hike takes only about 15 minutes and there are several pools on the top as well. I wouldn’t recommend climbing the path in bare feet or in flip flops. It gets really slippery.
Make sure to take few things with you (a small rucksack would be very comfortable for this trip):
- Sun cream – always. Apply before you leave home as well.
- Snacks & water (possible to buy on the place if you forget)
- Hiking shoes, hat, possibly sunglasses
- Swimming gear
- Bug spray!