About 30 kilometers South-West of Luang Prabang, the most magnificent waterfalls of the city can be found. The three tiered Kuang Si Falls are the biggest and the most popular waterfalls in Luang Prabang.
From the top, the surface of the falls can be seen through shallow clear waters. Sloping sharply down the hilly ground, the second tier looks beautiful with its 50 meters of cascading waterfalls. The water then collects at the bottom in several pools until finally flowing down the mouth of the river.
The Kuang Si Falls invite meditation and relaxing thoughts. The sound of the waters falling is like a balm to a tired and stressed-out soul. In fact, most tourists have described the surroundings as idyllic and serene.
If you’re up to a little exercise, you can try climbing up the hill and swim in the many pools suitable for swimming. It is a steep climb but the experience itself will be truly rewarding. The falls present a lot of great photo opportunities as well, and are remarkably clean and clear.
To get to the Kuang Si Falls, either get a tuk-tuk or a motorbike to take you there. A tuk-tuk will cost more than a motorbike ride, but if you are traveling in groups of four, the tuk-tuk will come out cheaper. Tuk-tuk drivers know where the falls are so you’ll have no need to worry for directions.
The locals looking after the falls often charge a fee to see the falls, but for the beautiful surroundings, the small fee is well worth it. There are also walkways and bridges and if you love climbing, a climb up the top of the waterfalls is possible.
PRACTICAL TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Don’t go after a storm as the hill tends to be more slippery and can be a bit dangerous if you’re not careful.
- Don’t go during the wet season as the constant rain makes the water murky.
- The Bear Rescue Center is just across the waterfalls, so plan your trip to the falls to include a tour of the Free the Bears Rescue Centre. You’ll see lots of black Asiatic bears and the kids will love it!
- The falls are very popular so it can be crowded in late hours. Go as early as you can and enjoy the scenic surroundings by yourself. The falls usually starts to pack with tourists by noon.
- There are fishes in the swimming pools, so be sure to bring some bread with you so you can feed them. The experience of fishes going for a piece of bread in your hand will delight your kids, and possibly even you.
- Don’t take a bicycle to go to the falls, the roads are a bit difficult and not at all bicycle-friendly. Get a tuk-tuk instead or a motorbike. The wind on your face as you travel down the road is nice too.
- Wear sturdy shoes that are suitable for the rough patches that cover the rocky grounds to the Kuang Si Falls.