Chasing Waterfalls

Kuang Si Waterfall

We’ve spent the last two days enjoying the beautiful waterfalls located right outside of Luang Prabang.

Yesterday, after much negotiation with a Tuk Tuk driver, we headed to Tad Sae, a favorite waterfall of  locals. The Tuk Tuk dropped us at a dirt port on the Nam Khan River. We paid 20,000 kip ($2.50) and boarded a small dugout  which took us down river.

On the Nam Khan River

We arrived just in time to pay our entrance fee ($2.50 each) and see three elephants from a local camp making their way to the waterfalls with passengers on board.

Up close and personal with an elephant.

Elephants on parade.

While we enjoyed seeing the pachyderms, we weren’t keen on bathing with them, so we headed up a trail that promised another small waterfall and swimming pool just .5km away. 

Into the woods.

No surprise, the .5k was more like 1.5k, but the little hike was worth it as we found a great swimming pool.

A little bit of paradise.

The water was quite cold, but very refreshing after our uphill trek. John strung our hammock over a small waterfall and we enjoyed a brief rest before heading back down.

Today, we sought out the Kuang Si Waterfall. It was much taller than the gentle Tad Sae falls.

John was a little under-the-weather, so I headed up to the top of the falls with an Australian couple we met on the hour-plus, minivan ride to the waterfall.

I was very glad for the hiking companions as it was a very strenuous climb to the top.  The views were wonderful.

Yours truly at the top.

The fall’s edge.

The pool at the top of Kuang Si was incredibly peaceful.

The Aussie chap very kindly helped me navigate the treacherous climb down so that I could rejoin my husband. I roused John from his nap in our hammock and we proceeded to explore the base of the falls. 

John went for a rejuvenating swim and felt little fish, probably garra rufu, nibbling on his feet. 

I highly recommend chasing waterfalls anywhere in the world. They never disappoint.

More falls at Kuang Si.

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