Picturesque and very accessible – Kuang Si falls, 29 km south of Luang Prabang, has become a popular attraction outside of the world heritage city. Surrounded by lush forest, the falls is 3 tiered, all picture perfect.
The breathtaking main falls is 60 meters high while the rest, equally stunning, are 1-3 meter cascades that creates small aquamarine pools.
The water invites especially on a hot day, many take a dip, some even take to jumping off trees for some thrills.
A forest trail leads the top of the falls where you’ll find the source of the Kuang Si in a stream.
The surrounding area was developed into a lovely park with bridges, a picnic area with tables and even a changing room for those wanting to swim. My journey to Kuang Si wasn’t as easy as taking a tuk-tuk to the entrance of the park.
It started when a van picked us up and dropped us off (an hour later) at a Hmong community.
There we learned the difference between the Hmong as compared to the rural Lao lowlanders. To get to the falls, we trekked through paddy fields and pineapple gardens before entering a rain forest.
Halfway through our trek, we stopped for a simple Lao lunch prepared by the outfitter.
About 3 hours later, the hilly trail took us to a stream that we soon realized was the stream feeding the Kuang Si.
The view from the top looking down the pool below was spectacular. Expecting to approach the falls the regular way from below, the realization of ending at the top was a wonderful surprise and quite memorable, truth to tell.
I made this trek 4 years ago with Green Discovery. Spare an extra day for this if you can, it’s worth the effort.