Tad Xay Waterfall
A beautiful waterfall
What we say:
Tad Xay Waterfall is the jewel of the Phou Khao Khouay National Park. Consisting of a stepped seven-tiered drop of about 30m, the waterfall has seen many more visitors since the access road was maintained from 2000. Having said that, there's a good chance you'll be alone if it's not the weekend. Most choose to picnic and swim at the pool at the foot of the falls during the day, and leave before dark. Camping is allowed, but there are no on-site facilities. October to April are the best months to visit, when the river is not liable to become a raging torrent. Park authorities in collaboration with donor agencies have been promoting Tad Xay as part of a guided homestay and camping scheme with the villagers of nearby Ban Hatkai.
More detailsPhou Khao Khouay National Park
Opening Hours: Open during daylight hours
How to get there: There is adequate road access to Tad Xay for most vehicles between November and May. Only motorcycles and 4WD can use the road outside these months. Take a right turn at the signposted junction about 1km after Houay Leuk metal bridge on the way into the national park. From there the road passes a further 8km through Ban Hatkai and past a national park checkpoint to the waterfall. Some visitors choose to be taken by longtail canoe to the most upstream point navigable by boat, and then trek for two hours upstream to the waterfall. Boats are available at Ban Hatkai and Ban Houay Leuk. Expect to pay 70,000 to 100,000 kip for a boat.
Jump to a destination
- Hot spots
- Vientiane & surrounds
- Northern Laos
- Southern Laos
Sign up for Travelfish Burp!
Our weekly wrap on Southeast Asian travel.
Click here to see a recent newsletter.