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Tad Thong Waterfall

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While certainly not the most spectacular of the waterfalls around Luang Prabang, Tad Thong waterfall offers the chance to take a short vigorous hike through the jungle, a brisk spring-fed pool to cool off in and a place entirely to yourself. It’s a very low-key experience, and if you’re sure-footed, want to enjoy some nature and get away from the tourist crowds, Tad Thong is the ticket.





Travellers to Luang Prabang will probably visit Kuang Si and Tad Se waterfalls but few people know of this one, a rainy season-only series of small waterfalls six kilometres from town, where a two-kilometre trail loop through the jungle. It should take 45 to 60 minutes and there’s an optional side trail to walk to a Khmu village, 15 minutes one-way. There are three small waterfalls, one at the trail entrance and two within the jungle. The waterfalls flow from approximately July to December/January.

This is how you do it. Photo taken in or around Tad Thong Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

This is how you do it. Photo: Cindy Fan

A basic map is posted at the entrance and we recommend you take a photo of it, but even with the map, the track can still be a little confusing, so keep your wits about you while walking. The trail is not maintained so expect it to be uneven, slippery and muddy when wet. Wear proper hiking shoes/sandals, bring insect repellent, water and snacks.

Though Tad Thong is only six kilometres from town, we don’t recommend walking or cycling as Route 13 is a major artery and you’ll be sharing the highway with heavily loaded transport trucks. If you choose to cycle, get a mountain bike with gears, and do take care ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Tad Thong Waterfall
Ban Donekang
Admission: 20,000 kip

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