Photo: Simple and serene Tad E-Tu.

Tad E-Tu

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As far as Bolaven waterfalls go, at least in terms of size, Tad E-Tu (Itou) falls in the middle—it’s taller than Tad Champi, not nearly as tall as Tad Yuang.

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The waterfall is home to the Falls View Resort—one of the best accommodation options along Route 16—and visitors need to go through the resort to reach the waterfall.

Park your bike and carefully walk down the steep stairs to the waterfall base. Some rock hopping through muddy marsh is required to get up close and a full view, but always be careful and watch your step—the slipperiness comes free of charge. It is possible to swim at Tad E-Tu in the dry season.

Tad E-Tu is located 35 km east of Pakse and 15 km west of Paksong. Like all the waterfalls, the road off of Route 16 is unpaved and the last stretch before the entrance is very steep and slippery with gravel. Do take care when riding your bike.

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Tad E-Tu
Road 16E, km-35 (35 km east of Pakse & 15 km west of Paksong)

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