A picturesque twin set of waterfalls
What we say:
Just past km 38 along the road to Pak Song is Tad Fane -- a picturesque twin set of waterfalls spilling 200 metres down into a deep gorge, located in the jungle of Dong Hua Sao, which is a National Biodiversity Conservation area. Overlooking the falls is a single resort, appropriately called the Tad Fane Resort. The falls are quite striking, but unlike other falls in the area, swimming opportunities aren't available unless you take a half-day hike under the supervision of a guide -- both the top and the bottom of the falls are a long haul from the resort through the jungle. For the casual visitor, pretty much all you can do is look at them. Half-day treks to the top of the falls can be booked here for US$5 per person, full-day treks including a visit to a local village and a coffee plantation cost US$10. This is another good example of how the Lao government is wisely developing the tourist infrastructure -- local villagers are allowed to sell handicrafts to tourists only if they promise not to engage in illegal hunting and logging which has been having a negative impact on the ecosystem. So, save a tree and buy something.
More details38km from Pakse
How to get there: To get out here from Pakse, a tuk-tuk will take you to the falls for US$20 flat rate. The local bus costs 15,000 kip, and departs from Pakse's Southern Bus Terminal. Entrance to the falls if you're not staying at the resort is 3,000 kip. If you don't plan to take a trek or stay at the falls, it's worth a quick look on the way to Tad Nguing.
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