Kuang Si Waterfalls - Asia Travel & Leisure

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Kuang Si Waterfalls

One of the must-see sightseeing in Luang Prabang is Kuang Si Waterfalls, with a series of crystal-blue pools. The road to the falls winds through hills with spectacular natural views, including terraced rice fields, which make the trip a memorable one. On the way to the waterfalls, there is a Hmong village where the old ladies still wear Hmong traditional costume. It is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts. 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. 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.
From the entry you can walk through a forested area where there are enclosures housing Asian black bears rescued from poachers. 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.

Open daily from 8AM - 5PM, all year around
Location: 30km out of town.
Entrance fee: Adult: 20,000 Kips = 2.5 dollars.

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. The trails are steep and can be extremely slippery, especially in rainy season…so you’ll need proper shoes to climb to the top, but the climb is well worth the effort. However it not suitable for unfit people or small children. Don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you.