Kuang Si Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos
Laos may be a landlocked nation without beaches but Kuang Si’s cool turquoise waters make up for it. In many current years, Laos has become an attractive tourist destination for many foreign tourists. And Kuang Si Waterfall is one of the most wonderful spots in Laos.
Kuang Si is located about 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. These waterfalls are a favorite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang. Kuang Si Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-meter drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. You can change clothes for swimming at the wooden huts located close to the entrance. Tours Indochina Laos
The pools also have cascades of up to five meters high with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle, if you do not fancy a swim then you can relax in the shade and watch others having fun jumping in and out of the water.
There are small wooden huts to change in. Picnic benches are also available all around the park. The whole park area is shaded and cool that makes it perfect for a relaxing family outing and picnic. Sitting under the shade watching children swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. Jumping in the pool yourself can be fun too. The site is well maintained with walkways and bridges to guide the visitors. Tours in Laos
There are also trails to climb to the top of the falls where there are more natural pools for swimming. The trails are steep and can be extremely slippery, especially in rainy season, so you will need proper shoes to climb to the top, but the climb is well worth the effort. The road to the falls winds through hills with spectacular natural views, including terraced rice fields, which make the trip a memorable one. On the way to the waterfalls, there is a Hmong village where the old ladies still wear Hmong traditional costume. It is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts.
If you hire your own tuk-tuk or minivan you can ask the driver to stop there on your way. It is worth to stop by to see the village, its handicrafts or the way of life of the villagers. If you fancy taking photos of girls in Hmong costume, beware that you might be asked to buy their stuff in return and some can be a little too pushy. When you get closer to the falls you will feel that the weather cooler and fresher, because the area is high and covered with forest.
When you arrive at Kuang Si you will discover cages enclosing two Asian black bears following rescue from poachers. The weather at the waterfalls is noticeably cooler making it a really good place to escape the heat; children will especially enjoy a day out here playing in the falls. You can make a day of it at the waterfalls by bringing a picnic with you or buying some food and drinks from one of the local stalls. Spending a day on visiting Kuang Si Waterfall, you will have a wonderful and memorable experience in your Laos trip.
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