No tripod needed when photographing in paradise - Tad Lo, Bolaven Plateau, Laos

No tripod needed when photographing in paradise - Tad Lo, Bolaven Plateau, Laos

No tripod needed when photographing in paradise - Tad Lo, Bolaven Plateau, Laos


Tad Lo is a located off the beaten path in an area of Southern Laos called the Bolavan Plateau. The region is know for their spectacular waterfalls, coffee and various ethnic minority tribes. This was by far the highlight of my motorbiking adventure in Laos.

For about 80,000 Laotian New Kip (about $10 USD) I stayed in a bungalow, just steps from the Tad Hang waterfall in the middle of the forest with nobody around me but wildlife, the soothing sounds of the waterfall and tons of mosquitoes.

I took this shot of the Tad Hang waterfall handheld with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens. The water was not flowing at full force since it was the dry season, but I still found the scene spectacular especially since I had it all to myself that evening.

I found my slice of paradise in Tad Lo, Laos.

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Read more about Tad Lo

Tad Lo is located in Salavan province, but most commonly visited on trips based from Pakse, 85 kilometres away via the Salavan Road. It's something of a budget travellers' paradise and more and more backpackers are onto this fact, visiting both by motorcycle and public bus. Tad Lo is really a series of three falls -- Tad Suong, Tad Lo and Tad Hang, around which most of the accommodation is grouped, in the village of Ban Saenvang.

Tad Hang is the first set of falls you'll see when you arrive -- they are the smallest and gentlest of the three, but provide the best opportunity for taking a dip. Signs warn about the dangers of getting too near the falls, but there are plenty of safe areas for swimming at the top of the falls and you'll spot a lot of locals fishing in the waters as well. The water is admittedly a bit murky, but not unhealthily so, as far as we were able to ... Read our complete Tad Lo travel guide

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