Waterfalls and chilling out.
Published/Last edited or updated: 29th January, 2017
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.
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 your own risk.
The easier way is to follow the paved road up from Palamei Guesthouse for 775 metres, past the entrance of Tad Lo Lodge. Turn right onto the dirt road leading to the river at the top of the falls. Follow the path along the riverbanks downstream to get a good view. There may be a rickety bamboo ladder to the base of the falls. Needless to say, exercise extreme caution if ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)
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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