Gardens and butterflies
Published/Last edited or updated: 3rd December, 2018
The forests around Kuang Si Waterfall have always attracted a large number of butterflies. Now the Kuang Si Butterfly Park gives both local and foreign visitors an opportunity to view them up close and provides another attraction to see while you’re already visiting the falls and the bear sanctuary.
After more than a year of work, this family-friendly attraction was opened in January 2014 by Dutch couple Ineke and Olaf. It’s located 300 metres down the road from the front gate and parking lot of Kuang Si waterfall. You can’t miss the enthusiastic display of flags and signs pointing to it.
The admission is 30,000 kip for adults, 15,000 kip for children and it includes an optional 15-minute tour to learn about butterflies and the local flora. “How long do butterflies live?” “Why are they so colourful?” and “Why is the water at Kuang Si blue-green?” are some of the questions you can have answered.
From the entrance, follow the path through the well-designed, pretty gardens and pause to admire the streams. Eventually you will reach a netted garden full of interesting, beautiful butterflies. Various feeder stations have been set up where the fluttery insects flock and allow for a close-up. A fun au naturel “fish spa” has also been set up. Dip your piggies and let fishies nip at your skin.
In Laos, the concept of conservation and preservation is in its infancy and new endeavours such as this one are admirable because they educate on the importance of preserving and studying nature. As demonstrated by the sad stories at the Free the Bears sanctuary, respect for wildlife is a work in progress.
The Butterfly Park plans to share its studies with schoolchildren, universities in Laos and the government. It’s worth the visit if you are already at the waterfalls, one of Luang Prabang’s top tourist attractions. Here you can find something else to do with children on a visit to Luang Prabang while also escaping the crowds, learning something new, sipping a decent coffee and using the cleanest toilets you’ll find at Kuang Si.
Address: 300 metres before entrance to Kuang Si Waterfalls, 29km from Luang Prabang
T: (020) 9823 7466;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º59'49.28" E, 19º45'23.27" N
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Admission: 30,000 adults, 15,000 children
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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