There are several magnificent waterfalls along Road 16 and Falls View Resort puts travellers close to the lot.
Located at Tad E-Tu (Itou) waterfall, the resort formerly known as Ban E-Tu Resort has little cottages that cantilever along a slope. There’s no view of the falls from the 37 bungalows but guests can certainly hear the water from the balcony.
We inspected the property late 2016 just after it came under new ownership and management. It’s difficult to say how the service or amenities will develop, however, the bungalows themselves are solid and boast a pretty exterior of terracotta roof and gingerbread trim.
The interiors are simple and have good bones: solid wood floor, functional furnishings such as a vanity and luggage rack, a balcony overlooking the trees and the river that will soon plunge over the edge, a decent modern bathroom boasting a separate shower area and sink with countertop. Decor is minimal and that’s not a bad thing. There’s a mini fridge, TV and fan—no air-con.
Tad E-Tu itself doesn’t require hours to explore; it’s simply a careful walk down to the base to get a good view of the impressive single cascade tumbling over the cliff. You can get quite close to the falls and swimming is possible in the dry season. Falls View Resort is simply a place to rest for the night, putting you closer to the string of waterfalls than Pakse or Paksong, while enjoying a stay in natural surrounds. Expect a quiet experience, unless a tour group pulls in.
Address: Road 16E, (36 km east of Pakse, 15 km west of Paksong), Bolaven Plateau
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º6'8.41" E, 15º11'37.31" N
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Room rates: US$20 to 50
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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