Kuang Si: The Crown Jewel of Laos Waterfall

Laos may be a landlocked nation without beaches, but Kuang Si’s cool turquoise waters make up for it. With its cool, emerald waters, it transports you to a paradise reminiscent of coastal beauty. As tourism in Laos flourishes, Kuang Si Waterfall remains a must-visit destination, leaving an indelible mark on every traveler


Kuang Si is located about 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. These waterfalls are a favorite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang. This is as known as 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.

Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Waterfall

How to reach Kuang Si Waterfall?

The most common way to get to Laos Kuang Si Waterfall is to arrive at Luang Prabang, then choose your transportation to reach there. There are various options for you:

  • Minibus: Departure from the ancient city of Luang Prabang in about 40 minutes costs about US $6/person
  • Tuk-Tuk: This is the most common transportation in Laos local. It takes about 50 minutes and costs about US $5 – US $6/person
  • Motorbike: You can rent a motorbike and travel to it on your own in around 50 minutes
  • Bike: Join a biking tour is also a great idea. It takes about 2 hours to get to Kuang Si Waterfall

Notice that Kuang Si Waterfall operates exclusively for guests from 08:00 to 17:30 daily. If you’re planning a visit, keeping this schedule in mind is important to ensure you have ample time to explore the enchanting site. Additionally, the entrance fee for the waterfall is approximately US $2.5 per person. Please be prepared to pay this nominal fee upon arrival.

Ideal time to go

The best time to visit Kuang Si Waterfall is during the dry season, which typically runs from November to April. Unlike some other waterfalls in the vicinity that may run dry during this period, Kuang Si Waterfall maintains its magnificent flow year-round. The dry season offers favorable weather with sunny skies and minimal rainfall, making it a perfect time to engage in outdoor activities and fully immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the waterfall. The water cascades down with enhanced vigor during this season, further enriching the overall experience. Additionally, if you prefer a more tranquil visit, the dry season presents an excellent opportunity to appreciate the unspoiled beauty of this gem in Laos, as crowd levels tend to be lower.

It’s important to note that the waterfall may be more crowded during peak tourist season, especially from December to February. Too many visitors visiting this waterfall can make your experience decrease a little at this time.

Top things to do

Being a Natural Treasure that Nature Mom gave to Laos, there are many things waiting for you to experience on this land.


Swimming is undeniably one of the most vibrant and exhilarating experiences that you simply cannot afford to miss at Kuang Si Waterfall. Conveniently situated near the entrance, wooden huts provide an opportunity to change into swimwear for a refreshing dip. The pools boast cascades that reach up to five meters high, enveloped in the coolness provided by the lush tropical jungle. For those who prefer not to swim, there is ample shade to unwind and observe others joyously leaping into the invigorating waters.

Spend time Picnic and Relax

Besides swimming, Kuang Si Also provides a perfect place for a relaxing family picnic. Within the park, you’ll find convenient small wooden huts where you can change your clothes. Additionally, there are picnic benches scattered throughout the area, providing a perfect setting for a leisurely family outing or picnic. The park is blessed with abundant shade, creating a cool and inviting atmosphere. Relaxing under the shelter, you can relish the sight of children gleefully swimming and jumping in the pools. And if you’re up for some excitement, diving into the refreshing waters yourself can be a delightful experience. The site is meticulously maintained, featuring well-constructed walkways and bridges that guide visitors along their exploration.

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
Kuang Si Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area

Trekking to visit Unique Hmong villages

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 the 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, making the trip memorable. On the way to the waterfalls, there is a Hmong village where the old ladies still wear traditional Hmong costumes. 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 stopping by to see the village, its handicrafts, or the way of life of the villagers. If you fancy taking photos of girls in Hmong costumes, 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 is cooler and fresher because the area is high and covered with forest.

A Hmong village is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts
A Hmong village is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts

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 visiting Kuang Si Waterfall, you will have a wonderful and memorable experience on your Laos trip. If you need more information for your journey to Laos, Indochina Voyages Team is always right here to listen to all your questions!

Indochina Teams

Best Laos Travel Packages for your reference:

Blog Categories

Article Submission

If you would like to submit an article or a travel story, please contact:

[email protected]

Tripadvisor Reviews