Falls near Luang Phabang
Luang Phabang is one of the former capitals of Laos. There is a cosy Royal Palace and an interesting collection of Buddhist temples (called 'wat'
). One of the most enchanting certainly is Wat Xieng Thong, near the confluence of the Khan river with the Mekong. The town is dominated by Mount Phousi and fully merits its place on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Let’s be generous and start right away with one of the prettiest waterfalls anywhere. Here, Nature proves that it invented the whirlpool and the hydromassage millions of years ago.
The Tad Sae waterfall runs down the slope of the right bank of the Khan River, a lovely tuk-tuk ride away from Luang Phabang. At the bank of the Nam Khan, a pirogue awaits to bring you to the foot of the falls.
The water runs more than it falls through the forest. Trees have maintained themselves in the middle of the water and provide a shady cover for what is really a natural spa. A collection of pools have formed along the descent of the water to the Khan River below. You can push your back against the water that pours down to have a massage, immerse yourself in the bubbling pools and play around in the cooling water.
Kuang Si falls
Another, more famous waterfall south of Luang Phabang is Kuang Si, a favourite among locals. It lies near the Mekong and Route 1.
This is a fully fledged waterfall, 60m high, with different levels and a collection of pools for swimming. You can try and get behind the main falls, between the curtain of water and the rock wall. It's a terrfic experience!
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