Photo: Oh so pretty.

Kuang Si Waterfall

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With a multi-tiered cascade and mesmerising turquoise water that triggers involuntary gasps at first sight, Kuang Si waterfall is considered one of Luang Prabang’s top attractions and a must visit.

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Set some 28 km from town, clear, cold spring water flows over limestone formations into layers of vibrantly turquoise pools. Follow the unpaved trail as it gradually rises through the forest to different levels. Some have shallow swimming areas popular with families, one in the middle has a rope swing favoured by backpackers. At the top is the piece de resistance, a tumble of water pouring from the mountainside.

A curtain of water. Photo taken in or around Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos by Adam Poskitt.

A curtain of water. Photo: Adam Poskitt

Picnic spots, public toilets and changing huts are available. Swimming is permitted only in marked areas—please obey as certain areas are considered sacred, others (including the big falls) can be dangerous. Modest swimwear is most appropriate. Locals swim fully clothed. Be aware that women clad in bikinis tend to attract an audience. Food stalls outside the park entrance sell baguettes, fruit shakes and skewers of grilled meat, and there are a handful of small restaurants and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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