Photo: Plenty of falls.

Things to do around Tad Lo

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Tad Lo is a quaint spot nestled on the banks of the Xe Set river with several waterfalls just a hop and a skip away. With good budget accommodation, a few diversions and plenty of hammocks, spending time here can be satisfying.





What is known as Tad Lo is actually a series of three waterfalls, Tad Lo, Tad Hang and Tad Soung grouped around the village of Ban Saenvang. The village is usually the first night for those on the Bolaven Plateau motorbike loop, with the majority planning to only stay a night. If departing Pakse early it’s possible to arrive around noon, allowing for enough time to tick Tad Hang and Tad Lo off the list.

Picnicking by Tad Hang. Photo taken in or around Things to do around Tad Lo, Tad Lo, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Picnicking by Tad Hang. Photo: Cindy Fan

Tad Hang is the first set of falls you see when you arrive. It is the smallest and gentlest of the three, providing the best opportunity for taking a dip, but be warned—and this applies to all the falls—a dam is released every day around 16:00 causing the water to sharply rise and everyone needs to be well clear of the water before then.

Signs warn about the dangers of getting too near, but there are safe areas for swimming at the top of Tad Hang and locals fish and picnic here as well. The water is admittedly a bit murky, not unhealthily so as far as we could tell. A good way to get to the swimming spot is to walk across the bridge and follow the dirt road around the other side of the hill where it pops out at some bungalows. From here it’s easy to get into the swimming hole.

There are two ways to reach Tad Lo. If you continue to follow the road up the right side, there is usually a path to the base of the falls, giving visitors an exhilaratingly close view of the water gushing over a massive granite wall. Swim at ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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