Tad Yuang Gneuang

Stunning waterfall marred by overdevelopment

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Tourist trap - nice waterfall though
A beautiful waterfall over-run with tourists (Thai day-trippers mostly) and a picnic garden scene. ...

By caseyprich

What we say: 3.5 stars

It's a stunning spot, brilliantly green, and although the waterfall is not the highest in the area, it's wide and impressive. It's easy to access from the road -- the path leads first to the pools at the top of the falls, and then there's a path to the right that winds down to the pool at the bottom.

It's a slippery, slightly treacherous climb down the stone steps, which are perpetually slick from the constant spray, but once down you can scramble across the rocks into the water for a cool dip.

In recent years development of the site has increased and foreign volunteers are also working to make this place even more developed and tourist friendly.

While the intentions are admirable, the shops and cafes at the top of the falls as well as the busloads of tour groups zipping in and out make the place a little like a theme park and certainly the most un-Lao-like waterfall in the country.

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2km from Tad Fane
Last updated: 21st June, 2013

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Adam gave up a corporate career in 2009 and left Australia for the hustle and bustle of Southeast Asia. He now lives in Indonesia, where as well as writing for Travelfish.org he plays around with www.pergidulu.com.

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  • Tourist trap - nice waterfall though 3 stars

    14th February, 2011

    A beautiful waterfall over-run with tourists (Thai day-trippers mostly) and a picnic garden scene. If you're only going up to Paksong for the day then you should check it out, but I'd recommend getting to Paksong first (assuming you're on motorbike) and spending the night and then getting up early to see the waterfall before too many people show up.

    Considering we saw this as our last waterfall on the Bolaven loop its hard to give it an objective rating . . . the fall itself, very nice, 8, the atmosphere around it, 2 . . .so a 5 probably.

    Tad Yuang Gneuang reviewed by caseyprich (3)
    Written on 14th February, 2011, rated 3 out of 5. Visited here in February, 2011

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