Walk behind the falls
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th March, 2017
Not to be confused with Tad Champee along Road 20 to Tad Lo, Tad Champi is the least developed of the falls along Road 16E between Pakse and Paksong. Aside from paid parking and a few vendors selling drinks, there’s nothing else except to take the steps down and it’s a choice between going the long way or taking a short cut down a steep rickety ladder. The trail to the water’s edge is slick and muddy.
It’s a beautiful, tranquil place for a refreshing swim—it’s not impossible to find yourself alone here. We’d caution against going too close to the cascade as we heard there is a strong whirlpool. It’s possible to carefully make your way behind the curtain of water.
The turn off for Tad Champi is 38 km east of Pakse, on the opposite side of the road as the entrance to Tad Fane. It’s 1.8 km on rough dirt road past pretty coffee plantations.
Address: Road 16E, km-38 (38 km east of Pakse & 12 km from Paksong)
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º7'58.01" E, 15º12'6.25" N
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Admission: 5,000 kip, 3,000 kip for motorbike
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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