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Why Kouangxi Water Fall is special ?
Kuang Si Falls was a lovely spot to relax for the afternoon and just about an hour from Luang Prabang. The pools make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. You can change clothes for swimming at the wooden huts located close to the entrance. The pools also have cascades of up to five metres high with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle, if you don’t fancy a swim then you can relax in the shade and watch others having fun jumping in and out of the water.
When you get closer to the falls you will feel that the weather cooler and fresher, because the area is high and covered with forest.
What to explore at Kouangxi Water Fall?
Kuang Si falls is a beautiful place where they have formed various levels of water falls in a natural environment of beauty without equal, where is also possible go for a swim, jump on liana from trees and for the more adventurous,climbing up to the rocks where the water with all their strength in Kuang Si falls.
When you arrive at Kuang Si you’ll discover cages enclosing two Asian black bears following rescue from poachers. The weather at the waterfalls is noticeably cooler making it a really good place to escape the heat; children will especially enjoy a day out here playing in the falls. You can make a day of it at the waterfalls by bringing a picnic with you or buying some food and drinks from one of the local stalls. There are tables and shelters located at the front of the lower level pools.
At the very bottom of the falls there are several blue pools of water and small cascades (3-5 metres high); some of the falls are multi-tiered. Most of the pools are open for swimming (one is closed as being a sacred site) though the water is a bit cold because this area is shaded by big trees. This makes the falls a popular cool-off place among locals and tourists alike during the hot season.
There are small wooden huts to change in. Picnic benches are also available all around the park. The whole park area is shaded and cool that makes it perfect for a relaxing family outing and picnic. Sitting under the shade watching children swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. Jumping in the pool yourself can be fun too.
The site is well maintained with walkways and bridges to guide the visitors.
There are also trails to climb to the top of the falls where there are more natural pools for swimming.
How to get to Kouangxi Water Fall?
Distance to Kuang Si
It’s 23 km from town and takes approximately 45 minutes by tuk-tuk. Here are all the ways you can get to Kuang Si.
How to get to Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang
Tuk tuk to Kuang Si Waterfall
A roundtrip tuk-tuk ride should cost around 180,000 – 200,000 kip or $22-25 USD (the driver will wait for you at the falls to bring you back to town). Pay the driver when you return to town. Before you gripe that it sounds like a lot for a tuk-tuk, remember that petrol in Laos is relatively expensive, the driver has to pay one of those special government fees for the privilege to take you there and this trip is likely his fare for the day.
Pro: The most straightforward and easiest ways to go. You can go and return whenever you want to.
Con: Though the road to Kuang Si is nicely paved, you do feel ever bump in a tuk-tuk. Also not so comfortable for tall people.
Combine Kuang Si with a boat trip on the Mekong with Banana Boat Laos.
This is the method I recommend as this combines two must-do experiences in Luang Prabang – the waterfalls and a boat ride on the Mekong. The Banana Boat BB01 trip will take you one hour downriver through gorgeous mountain scenery. You can’t get all the way to Kuang Si via the Mekong so you’ll stop as close to it as possible, then catch a fun ride in a pickup truck for a few kilometers. Best of all, you’ll come back on the Mekong in the beautiful late afternoon light, the best time of day to see life on the river.
Pro: Combining two key experiences in Laos, it’s fantastic to get out onto the river, scenery.
Con: If you spent two days on a slow boat to Luang Prabang, a boat trip probably won’t be so exciting for you.
Riding a motorbike to Kuang Si Waterfall
Yes, it’s a nice and fun way to get to Kuang Si. The road is paved and the scenery rather pretty. Renting a motorbike in Luang Prabang will cost around $20/day + petrol. People often ask me, “Is it safe to ride a motorbike Luang Prabang? The traffic doesn’t seem so bad.” This is my reply:
Traffic isn’t the main issue, nor is it the speed at which they drive. The issue is that people in Laos don’t know how to drive the way you know how to drive. Throw your assumptions of “rules of the road” out the window. The amount of vehicles (especially large trucks) have ballooned over the past two years and people don’t know how to deal with sharing the road and are oblivious to others. And don’t be surprised if you see 12-year old kids street racing or suicidal dogs darting out onto the road.
So I always say, if you’ve never driven a motorbike before, on holiday in Luang Prabang is not the place to learn.
Pro: Independence, get to see the scenery.
Con: If you get into an accident, you’ll discover just how poor medical facilities are in Laos.
Cycling to Kuang Si Waterfall
Kids returning home from school on the road to Kuang Si
23 km one way and it’s hilly. You’ll want a good bike with gears and if it’s a hot time of year, set out very early. Beware it will be dusty and smoky during hot-dry season (February-April). One option is to cycle one way and catch a tuk-tuk back or vice-versa. The journey to the falls is the uphill battle. It’s fairly straightforward to navigate your way there. Get a Hobo Area Map for peace of mind.
Pro: Slow down to see villages and the views
Con: Don’t count on being able to hitch a ride if you want to quit mid-way
It is written by blogger: Cindy (http://somanymiles.com/)
- A turquoise tropical paradise!
- Amazing cool down
- Spectacular mountain pools
- Lovely forest walk
- Break from the town!!
Kouangxi Water Fall Louangphabang Laos
Tips for you
If you hire your own tuk-tuk or mini van you can ask the driver to stop there on your way. It's worth to stop by to see the village, its handicrafts or the way of life of the villagers. If you fancy taking photos of girls in Hmong costume, beware that you might be asked to buy their stuff in return and some can be a little too pushy.Transportation
Try to go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Avoid the crowds of tourists: Sunday is the day where many Laotians come to the Kuang Si falls and therefore the day of the week with greater numbers of people. Around from 13:00 it is full of people who have caught the 12:00 bus from Luang Prabang.Timming
We recommend day visit Kuang Si Falls and Pak Ou Caves. For this purpose it is necessary to organize both visits by free, it is very easy, it is best to go to the access stairs to the Wat Xieng Thong and there to negotiate with a boat captain Laotian both visits. The captain will manage the tuk - tuk that takes you to the falls.Things nearby
The waterfalls are picturesque, beautiful and natural. No wonder why it gets so busy here with tourists. It is possible to swim in the various small pools, but the water was a little chilly for us. Great photo opportunities though. We went right up to the top of the main falls and were welcomed with an incredible view looking down the main waterfall, which must be at least 100 meters high. The water in the pools at the top of the main waterfall is also quite cool but it was very hard to resist having a mini dip. Not many people brave the climb up to the top (which takes about 30 minutes). TIPS: If you are going to go right to the top, make sure you take the LEFT path as you face the main waterfall. We were told that the right path is a lot more difficult and slippery. Also, if you go when it is raining or even slightly wet, make sure you wear good shoes. Flip flops will be a very poor choice if you decide to go right up to the top. Also, and in particular if it is wet, grab a good solid stick to help you to maintain your balance up the steep climb. Going up to the top of the main waterfall is not advisable for elderly, unfit, infirm or very young people. Try and go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. We went mid-afternoon and it wasn't so bad but there are still a lot of tourists around making lots of noise (except at the top of the main waterfall where there was hardly any people). There are toilets near the middle falls. There are no toilets at the top of the main waterfall. There are picnic spots throughout the falls, even at the top of the main waterfall but I would be loathe to cart picnic gear all the way up there! You will need to arrange transport to get to the falls. Be very careful if you decide to take a tuk tuk as the falls are a fair distance away from Luang Prabang through winding and narrow roads. We found out about a tragic accident that had occurred on the way to the falls earlier that day where a lady had somehow fallen out of a tuk tuk and was killed. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep the place clean and dispose of your rubbish properly.
Go to the top, have a nice trip on small boat up to the river. Take off your shoes to cross the river