Photo: Exploring Kuang Si.

Waterfalls around Luang Prabang

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As a World Heritage town, Luang Prabang conjures up visions of golden temples and Buddhas, French colonial buildings and quaint cafes. Often visitors are surprised to learn the town boasts natural wonders as well, including several waterfalls just outside of town.





In 1994, pop group TLC had a hit song telling everyone not to go chasing waterfalls. Maybe it was a metaphor, or maybe they hadn’t been to Luang Prabang. You should go chasing waterfalls, especially Kuang Si. It’s one of Luang Prabang’s top attractions—and it actually lives up to the hype.

Cooling off in the relaxing waters of Kuang Si Waterfall. Photo taken in or around Waterfalls around Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Cooling off in the relaxing waters of Kuang Si Waterfall. Photo: Cindy Fan

Located 28 kilometres from town and flowing year round, Kuang Si is a sum of beautiful parts: cold spring water, one big cascade, little falls, natural trail, forest and blue turquoise waters. Throw in a picnic, some hiking, swimming, swinging from the Tarzan rope and a moon bear sanctuary and you have a half day trip from town. It can easily be stretched into a full day if stops are added along the way—Kuang Si Butterfly Park and Laos Buffalo Dairy Farm, to name a few—or slow down by getting there by bicycle, boat ride or on an organised trek. Entrance is 20,000 kip. Go early or late to avoid ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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