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Location

Luang Prabang, Laos

Address

Luang Prabang, Laos

Getting there

Access: To get to the Kuang cascade if it can rent a bike in Luang Prabang for 20,000 kip a day, use a tuk-tuk (recommended and most popular option), rent a scooter for 80,000 kip a day, boat or you can take the regular line bus.

More information

https://facebook.com/pages/Kuang-Si-Falls, https://foursquare.com/v/kouang-si-waterfall

Prices

Admission is 20,000 Kip (about US$ 2.50) per person. Tuk-tuk from Luang Prabang 1 person 250,000K, per person in group of 3 85,000K

There is no separate entrance fee for the Tat Kuang Si bear rescue center. During high season the place can get crowded, as during weekends and Laotian public holidays when local people enjoy the area for a picnic and a swim. Wearing modest swimwear will be appreciated. The Laos countryside is conservative, local women will bath fully dressed.

Opening hours

The Kuang Si falls open daily from 8 am until 5.30 pm.

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Kuang Si falls is one of the major attractions of the city of Luang Prabang, it's a natural area filled with trees, vegetation and water. Kuang Si is a huge waterfall that spans several levels to follow his road to the Mekong River.

Kuang Si or Kouang Si Waterfall is one of the highlights – if not the highlight – of Luang Prabang. A single large cascade tumbles from the jungle feeding a series of falls and pools that make perfect swimming holes. Laos may be a landlocked nation without beaches but Kuang Si’s cool turquoise waters make up for it. Don’t dismiss it as “just another waterfall.” W’ve never met a visitor disappointed by it.

Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also 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.

There are trails allowing you to climb up to the top where you can see the stream feeding into the falls and enjoy some more natural pools. Remember to bring the correct footwear as the trails can get slippery and are certainly not recommended for children or the frail.

Breathtaking cascades of water make the Kuang Si one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions. The journey to the waterfall is worth taking time over with vistas across rice fields and the opportunity to meet locals along the way. A Hmong village is a great place to stop where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume, you can also purchase their hand woven crafts to take home as a souvenir. If you want to take photos at the village you will be expected to buy from them in return.

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.

Kuang Si falls are some water falls located about 25 kilometers southeast of the city of Luang Prabang. Kuang Si falls comprise several levels, at the bottom just they are ponds of water but in its highest part, the water falls from a height of 60 meters.

Kuang falls if also known as Kuang Xi, Kouangxi and Tat Kuang if (Tat means waterfall in Lao language), includes a small natural park that includes, in addition to cataracts, a Center of recovery of bears and an picnic area.

At the bottom of Kuang Si falls, the water flows a slowly and with little force, falling by different levels of low-rise. The depth does not exceed half a meter at the bottom.

But the turquoise waters, crystal clear and calm fury they become in the highest part of Kuang Si, where the water falls from a height of 60 meters.

Although it is possible to get close to the rocks to try and climb and climb and finally reach as close to the water in its fall on top of Kuang Si, it is best to see the natural spectacle from a wooden bridge at a distance reasonable.

There is also a small path that goes up to the top of the waterfall, where it can observe closely as the water falls, this path involves some difficulty and should take extra precautions.

Walking path Kuang Si Falls is clearly marked and adapted for tourist visits, although no longer a way of trekking in the midst of nature and therefore it should be a little careful not to slip, as is easy to get distracted looking at this incredible landscape.

Kuang Si Falls are the largest in Southeast Asia, but they have nothing to envy the famous the Bolaven Plateau Waterfalls.

At the bottom, it is very common to find tourists bathing. In the middle part of the ascent to the Kuang Si falls, there are vines hanging from a tree to jump from trees and dive into the water of Kuang Si.

Certain areas of the Falls Kuang If permitdo bathing, clearly marked with signs

At the top of the falls Kuang Si, where there is access for cars, has installed an picnic area. Depending on the flow of water, some jobs may be partially waterlogged, situation that take advantage of children and inexperienced swimmers to play with water.

Although Laos has no beach, the crystal blue waters of Kuang If they forget the sand and sun.

The Kuang Si falls flow year-round, spring is the time of year where there is less water flow.

It takes between 5 and 10 minutes to walk from the front door of Kuang Si to the top of the falls. At the main entrance there are restaurants, fruit stands, restrooms and a place to change clothes.

Center rescue and recovery of bears

At the same venue of the Kuang Si falls there is an Center of rescue and recovery of bears called Tat Kuang if Rescue Centre. It is a private initiative of a group of Australians which are responsible of rescuing bears from the hands of poachers and provide them with a home.

The Recovery Center bears not collecting money from the entrance to the Kuang Si falls, therefore those travelers who wish to contribute to the cause can leave your donations there same or buy souvenirs and memories of the bears, for example t-shirts.

The nicest part of this place is to see the bears roam freely around the grounds.

Good to Know

The Kuang Si Waterfall is located 29km south of Luang Prabang. You can make your own way to the waterfall by hiring a motorcycle which means you can take in some scenic villages en-route. The roads however are rocky and can be hard going so an easier option is to book a tour which usually costs around $5US per person; you can also hire your own tuk-tuk for a half-day rental or jump on one of the mini-buses departing daily from the Naluang Mini Bus station.

An unusual alternative is to hire a boat and ride down the Mekong River before catching another boat for a short hop across to the falls. You will also need to pay an additional admission fee to one of the locals at the falls usually $2.00US per person. This goes towards keeping the bridges and walkways in good working order.

Opening hours and entrance fee to the Kuang Si Falls

The Kuang Si falls are open daily from 8:00 until 17:30 , i.e. While it is day. The price of admission to Kuang Si are 20,000 kip (approx. €2), the ticket of entrance to the falls Kuang Si is purchased at the box office next to the entrance to the enclosure. This ticket allows you to visit Kuang Si, Central falls rescue of bear and Butterfly Park.

Recommendations for the Kuang Si falls

  • 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.
  • For those who do not want to visit the caves of Pak Ou, the trip can be negotiated directly with a tuk-tuk's to the Kuang Si falls and back.
  • It is advisable to wear flat shoes and if you want to enjoy the water and take a swim, footwear and swimwear (eye that to access the enclosure, it is necessary to wear shirt, is not allowed to go to bare chest).
  • At the falls there is a picnic area and food stalls at the entrance, I recommend eating at Kuang Si Falls.
  • 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.
  • The best time to visit the Kuang Si falls is in the morning, around 11:00.

How to get to Kuang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang

The Kuang falls if there are 25 kilometers southeast of the city of Luang Prabang ( Laos), in a natural park where there is a rescue of bears and a Butterfly Center.

To get to the Kuang cascade if it can rent a bike in Luang Prabang for 20,000 kip a day, use a tuk-tuk (recommended and most popular option), rent a scooter for 80,000 kip a day, boat or you can take the regular line bus.

Due to the State of the pavement and that it is a mountain road, is usually takes 40 minutes to reach Kuang Si falls from Luang Prabang, the views and the scenery on the way is spectacular.

Here are all the ways you can get to Kuang Si.

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.

Shared tuk-tuk – the cheapest way to get to Kuang Si Waterfall

The tuk-tuk driver will try to round up as many people to join and split the cost, which will start at 200,000 kip. It will cost you around 50,000 kip per person and the driver will leave when the tuk-tuk has 4-5 people. You’ll see touts who organize this at the big intersection in front of the post office, fruit shake and baguette stands.

Pro: This can be one of the cheapest ways to get to Kuang Si.

Con: You can wait a very long time for the touts/drivers to find people to join and he is the one who ultimately decides when you leave town. You also have to agree as a group on a set departure time from the falls.

Shared minivan to Kuang Si Waterfall

Travel agents can sell you a spot on a public minivan shuttle. The quality of minivan varies but if you’re lucky it will be air-conditioned. There are set departure and return times. At the time of writing this, cost is 60,000 kip and departure times are 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Pro: The cheapest way to get to Kuang Si.

Con: The minivan picks up passengers at everyone’s individual hotels and this process can be slow. Return times are also set. You only get a few hours at the falls.

Boat to Kuang Si Waterfall

This is the method we 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

29 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

Car to Kuang Si Waterfall

Hiring a private vehicle will mean an air-conditioned minivan and a driver. It costs 250,000 kip ($30US) flat-rate so this method is very economical for a group.

Pro: The most comfortable way to go. Inexpensive for a group. The flexibility to leave Kuang Si when you want to.

Con: Expensive for 1 or 2 people.

Apparate

Get there instantly. The most convenient way for wizards and witches since flying on broomsticks is illegal in Laos.

Pro: The fastest way to get to Kuang Si.

Con: As always, you must have a License to Apparate from the Department of Magical Transportation and there is always risk of splinching.

The facts

  • Tad Kuang Si / Kuang Si Waterfall flows year round. Less water from March to May. Big water June to October.
  • Entrance is 20,000 kip.
  • There are changing huts and vendors selling snacks and drinks. Don’t be a dickhead and litter.
  • Some of the pools are considered sacred. Obey the signs and swim only where permitted.
  • Bring money to buy an awesome Free the Bears t-shirt at the Bear Sanctuary inside Kuang Si park (included with admission).
  • Trails are not paved but hard-packed and fairly even. Can be very slippery when wet. Only 10-15 minutes of walking from the bottom to the big falls.
  • Women who wear bikinis may attract an audience of curious spectators.

Reviews by visitors

Must see really! So stunning and if you walk to the top, there's more places to dip your feet in. We got to stay three hours with our tuk tuk driver but would've been nicer if we had a bit more time as we saw another part of the waterfall where people were jumping in and swimming. Lovely

~jcao

A really enjoyable time spent here - beautiful waterfalls and lagoons to take in as well as have a dip! Maybe best to avoid weekends as it is also popular with local families.

~Andrew W

If you are not LAO, all major interested points in LP will charge you 20000 KIP for the ticket as well this fall. But it is really worth it. However, you may pay much more than ticket to get it.

Swangtweau-TUK TUK, hire a car, Join tour, rent a motorbike, all on your choice but no one is cheap. For me, I decide to rent a motorbike. Although motorbike rental in LP far over charged than any tourist city in Southeast Asia, but I still took it one day for more freedom, However, I am from the highest density motor scooter city in the world and ride it every day in chaos. it is quiet easy for me to ride in Lao and ride such long way, but maybe it is good to every one.

~poorluxer

It's half a day's worth of hiking, taking pictures and swimming (generally getting wet). Couple of pointers, if you can go in the morning to avoid big crowds )most tours go in the afternoon). If you ppan to hike up make sure you are healthy enough and take appropriate footwear (getting down is pretty sketchy when its raining).

~Manuel C

About an hour from LP, a stop at the elephant sanctuary well worthwhile.The falls are avarage but the swimming is enjoyable and refreshing.

The bear sanctuary next to it was my highlight.

Good street food.

~Roger H

This was one of the highlights of our stay in Luang Prabang. Beautiful set of waterfalls with turquoise water. Hiking, swimming, relaxing, watching bears, all in all a fun trip!

We rented a motorbike in LP. The drive was easy, paved all the way. Try to beat the crowds by going early in the morning.

~paisam

The Kuang Si waterfalls is definitely worth a visit. Absolutely spectacular, apart from all the people. Early morning would probably be best to avoid the masses and this was the low season!! We had a visit tacked on the end of another tour so it was a lovely way to finish off with a swim in the cool turquoise waters and a visit to the impressive Bear Sanctuary. Give the change rooms a wide berth, the smell is something to behold!!

~gat

There is a bear rescue center near the entrance with bears that look as though they have been well cared for, but the star of the show is the waterfalls - beautiful turquoise coloured water and the main falls are about 50m high in a series of cascades. The easiest way to the top is via the path up the left side, but the views are best from the bottom. You can also swim there. Takes less than 1 hour from LP in each direction, and can be done by tuk-tuk or hiring a motorbike. Paved roads all the way (30km).

~Dave

We are here on the off season so I'm sure that has everything to do with it... But the water if very brown and not at all like the blue that you see in all of the pictures. The waterfall is very pretty but it's definitely a Tourist trap... All the buses come in and dump out a million people who then flood to the falls and pools. Not anything special

~Kelsie M

get there before 11 to beat the tourists. it's beautiful up there. Paid 30000 kip each for me and my girlfriend instead of 50000 which is what the tuktuk driver wanted. 20000 kip per person to enter.

~Jason

The pictures do not do justice to the beauty of this place. It seems something right out of a fairy tale. I went here twice. Totally worth it.

It is 26 kms from LP. Grab a shared tuk-tuk ride for 30,000kip and the entry is 20,000. Hike upto the lagoon and the Buddha caves. It does get very busy after noon though.

~Indrani

Busiest time of the year to visit. Beautiful location enjoyed by a great many locals and tourists alike, some of whom express their gratitude by littering. 

Recommend visiting during a quieter time of year and early in the morning. We took a mini bus but would recommend a private vehicle. Tuk Tuk would take forever. 

Bear sanctuary is great. Definitely also head to the butterfly park nearby. It's small but quiet and you can also swim there. 

~David S

These falls are just stunning. I would highly recommend taking the time to go swim in these falls, just beware of the wrasse that eat all your scabs and dead skin...it is a really funky feeling!

~Lucky

One of the most memorable places we visited in Luang Prabang, alone with the nearby Elephant camp. Stunning waterfalls, do make the effort and walk about 20 mins to the main falls area. Definitley worth the effort.

~Jacknkaz

Kuang si is located about 27kms from LP town centre. There is an entry fee of 20000 kip and you could catch a shared tuk tuk or van for around 30,000 kip per person.The waterfall is really gorgeous and there are spots were you can take a dip. There is also a bear rescue centre inside the premises and a butterfly park about 500m away from parking.

~Vineeth

Absolutely gorgeous waterfall which seems to go on forever. The water is sky blue and completely translucent and in some sections you can swim in it although it is a rather 'refreshing' temperature! It is very well preserved- helped I think by limiting the sections which are open for swimming. 

20,000 kip entry fee is definitely well spent. Make sure you walk/hike/climb up to the top of the waterfall- it is a bit of a clamber through the forest but an accomplishment if you can make it, ( wouldn't recommend for small children or less agile/active adults). Trainers recommended if you do climb to the top.

~corefourontour

We grabbed a tuk tuk for 50 thousand kip each which meant we could go earlier and avoid the big crowds which all arrived when the tours came around 12. Really beautiful place, great for a swim and some nice deep spots for diving in. Nice to see the bear sanctuary as well, you can feed the bears which the staff at about 11.30

~emmalucas

Absolutely beautiful, a must see if in the area. Take swimming costumes for bathing in the pools. Also wear something other than flip-flops as the short walk around the top of the waterfall is a little steep and slippy especially on one side

~furiousjoe

When you arrive you pay for your ticket and as you walk to the waterfall you arrive at the bear sanctuary. I could have stayed here watching these beautiful bears for hours. There are several platforms from which to watch them and take photos. Walk a little further and you arrive at the beginning of the Kuang Si waterfall. the first thing you notice is the beautiful blue water. Simply stunning. Such a good photo opportunity! We walk to the top of the falls first. It is steep and probably slippery in the rain but we enjoyed the exertion. At the top we paid 10,000 kip each for a relaxing trip on a bamboo raft. Then we walk to the source of the water and visited a cave. 10,000 kip gets you admission to the cave and a torch. The cave was surprisingly long and it was just three of us exploring it at this time... a little spooky! Back at the waterfall we relaxed in the cool refreshing water! Just loved it. Our highlight of Luang Prabang!

~Trippin T

I've seen a lot of waterfalls in my life, including the mighty Victoria Falls in Africa (Mosi-oa-Tunya or The Smoke That Thunders), but this is undoubtedly the prettiest, most amazingly gorgeous falls I've ever seen so far. The water is unbelievably blue (turquoise, to be exact) in color, the only one like that I've seen in my lifetime. This we were told, was because of the calcium carbonate it contains after passing through various limestones in the area. The sound of the falls is quite calming and relaxing. I could stay there for weeks on end, just to hear the water falling. Don't miss going to this place when you are in Luang Prabang, it will be worth the whole trip. Highly recommended!

~aforeignnaffair

Just amazing, went early with a guide who showed us round then left us to look on our own, it is truly beautiful. Three main pools top one is not for swimming but the lower ones you can swim or take a dip to cool off. Changing huts nearby - very basic- but appropriate. 

The water is cold when you first get in but so refreshing and the fish will try and nibble your skin.

We could have stayed a lot longer - only there a couple of hours. It is a must see destination.

The bear sanctuary on the way up to the falls appears to do good work rescuing animals but I don't like seeing animals in a zoo environment, even if the have been rescued. 

The small village at the entrance to the falls have lots of street vendors and you can buy b b q pork with sticky rice and all sorts of fruits and drinks etc. Plus the usual souvenir stalls.

Definitely worth the trip out there which took about 40 minutes in a car from Luang Prabang - worth it for seeing the countryside also.

~Mnga

If you are in Luang Prabang you must go to the waterfalls, they are gorgeous. I will warn you that the water is quite cold so be prepared for that if you would like to go swimming. I would recommend it though because there are little fish that nibble on your dry skin which I found relaxing.

~Jane

That was simply unforgettable.. Turquoise coloured pools with amazingly refreshing cold water inviting you to swim your heart out. Dont get freaked out by the little fish nibbling on your skin for free :-) I loved it! You can also climb to the top of the waterfall, it's a trek but a rewarding one.. There is a guy there with a bamboo raft who, for peanuts, will take you to the start of the waterfall.. Then, in the middle of the jungle, you swim like a free spirit..

~Hooyoo

This has to be one of the best waterfalls in Asia! The water is incredibly blue from the calcium carbonate and makes for some great pictures. It was a relief to not have rubbish everywhere as there's recycling bins neatly placed all along the paths. The bear sanctuary at the bottom of the falls was fantastic as well as being very educational, overall we were both really impressed as it was great value for your money!

~Andy W

Not to be missed, but highly recommend going early. We were one of the first visitors in the morning and having the place almost to ourselves was magical. We hiked all the way to the top. It's not far, but very steep, and not sure it was worth it. By the time we got back to the bottom, the crowds had arrived. I think next time, I would have just hung out at the falls and enjoyed the falls before others arrived.

~Dawn M

Really nice place to spend a few hours or longer.

Easy to get to. If you want flexibility without the price, hire a scooter. Was much cheaper for a couple than a tuk tuk (economics might not work with more people). Road was good quality and well sign posted. Took about 45 minutes. Gave us the flexibility we wanted.

Had been expecting blue water, but it is just so incredibly blue! Something to do with limestone. Large falls cascading down rocks are impressive and nice that they don't allow swimming there to keep it peaceful. Swimming areas are understandably busy with loud tour groups but not so much you felt awkward. Go early in the morning to have best chance of avoiding.

Free the Bears is a lovely addition to this trip. They do good work and it's free to see the Bears so donate if you can or buy their merchandise. Bears are really cute (from afar!).

~Putney

Probably to be avoided over the weekends and locals come down to the falls in large groups for fun and frolic. The waterfalls area has a lot to offer- pristine natural beauty, lovely falls, a Bear sanctuary. Keep 3 hrs at least to enjoy all aspects 9entry ticket 20,000 kips including the bear sanctuary); and takes about 50-60 minutes to reach from Luang Prabang. A private mini van 9I traveled alone in that) cost 160K kip (USD 20) for the whole trip. You can also do a shared one for about 50k per person.

~Nish_SG

The scenery is just amazingly beautiful. We took a tuk tuk from Luang Prabang to the park and the ride is an experience in itself so recommend to do that rather than a car. The road is rather bumpy but you get a better feel of the lifestyle, appreciate more the people working in the rice paddy fields, etc

The waterfalls are just beautiful. The pools and their mint blue colour (apparently given by the calcium levels in the water) are just out of this world.

The downside: although there are rubbish bins, there's dirt everywhere: bottles, cans, bags, wrappers, etc. And too many people smoking everywhere. 

~Ana_London

Was there by 10am, and was able to enjoy the falls with minimal people! Go early, on my way down (by 3pm) it was super crowded (nice for people watching, but not for picture-taking).

BIG TIP: From the main falls, take the path up on the LEFT SIDE to go up. Its much easier. The right side is horrible.

The hike to Kuang Si 'springs' is LONG (the signs say 3km). In my opinion, not worth it unless you have a lot of time to kill.

~vivi c

My advice...

Go in the morning and negotiate the price to get there by large tuck tuck or small bus. You will need around 3-4 hours there. Try to get a group together for the best prices. There will be monkey park in the beginning of the park, very worth spending time there reading about and watching them interract. Then proceed toward the waterfalls, there is more than one. There are toilets but no lockers if you plan to swim in the beautiful light blue water, no place to keep you stuff completely safe. Go with a go pro if you got one. Pack lightly, like don't even pack anything but the go pro and a swim suit and you should be in good shape plus cash to get in.

Trekkers can hike to the source of the river in I think an hour and a half and back but double check that cause I didn't do it.

Bad news is that the waterfall is a little load actually. I'd have enjoyed it more with ear plugs after spending lots of time there, it's like noise pollution after awhile. To me at least.

Very worth while and quite a blast if you leap into the blue water yourself, IMO. I was alone and didn't know where to safely put my beloved camera while swimming so I didn't take the leap. What a shame. 

I hope to go back again prepared.

Enjoy your trip! Very worth while!

~Michael

I am a self proclaimed nature fanatic and I do love Kuang Si falls. Gorgeous, serene (except it's quite touristy) and basically, it's nature at its best. Not the best among all falls but worth the trip.

~Casey

First time seeing water of such beautiful aquamarine colour. The pools for swimming were really refreshing and the main waterfall looked great. A case where the photos actually live up to reality.

~Phong

The first glimpse you get of these falls is of the lower sections, where the bright turquoise water. As I moved further up the falls, you will see people swimming in a large lagoon. This waterfall is excellent ways to enjoy Luang Prabang outside of the colonial style town.

~Dechavut

Can't add much to any of the other numerous reviews. They cover pricing and what time to go etc. We went early June and the weather forecasts were abysmal for every single day but that proved a total nonsense. Had one thunderstorm in 10 days and some bouts of rain for an hour or so but for us that gave us respite from the heat! (I'm old!) We went late morning after breakfast and some photos would have been slightly better but for the 20 or 30 younger folks in the pools but lets be reasonable! And they were just chilling not hooraying!

~Matt K

A good place to chill from the hot Luang Prabang. The waterfalls are amazing where you can dip. There is Rescue Center for black Asiatic bears. Clean, natural and refreshing.

~wahyuni

Wasn't sure if it would live up to expectations being a main tourist spot, but loved this place, yes there are tourists but the place is more beautiful than I'd expected and a lot bigger. 

It's 20,000 kip entry fee, around 45 mins journey for the 30km, you can either take minivan which runs at 2 different times for 45,000 or take your own tuktuk at around 200,000 and will wait as long as you like. 

The falls has a bear sanctuary initially then different levels of the falls. The final being a 60 metre cascade, you can climb to the top, take the left path, much easier than the right climb. At the top there is a cave 40/50 min walk away. Great place to visit

~Jaxx26

We enjoyed a motorbike ride out to the falls, it took about 45 minutes through lush green countryside. It would be a long ride in a tuktuk. Around the pools it is quite muddy and slippery, a number of people fell over. The top falls are quite high and very pretty, and it was nice to have a swim in the refreshingly cool bottom pool. But we only stayed for about half and hour (there were lots of mosquitos) and would not have wanted to pay the 200,000 some had to ride in a tuk tuk out. There is also a 20,000 fee each to pay to get in. Guess we are a bit spoiled being from NZ where we also have great waterfalls.

~mkj30

This is a gorgeous waterfall and the highest in northern Laos. It takes about 45 minutes from Luang prabang but worth the effort. You can also swim below the falls in some of the many pools of pristine water. There are picnic tables, toilets, and a cafe/restaurant at the falls. Three are 2 routes in to the falls. The higher route allows you to see an amazing rain forest in better detail than the lower one. Both go by a black bear reserve. Taking the lower route on the way out gives the best view and pictures of the bears as you are above the fencelooking in. Highly recommend this day trip.

~Tim H

Looked nice in the reviews but even better when you see them as they are quite extensive. Very pretty and even more so if you go later in the day when most of the groups leave. Some impressive trees in the area as it's a nature reserve. Walk to the top of the falls via the left-hand path as it's easier.

~brimdav

The water very clearn. Earsy to walk around and make very good picture anywhere. Many people like to swimming. 

Best time in the morning about 9am. Like to recommend for everyone to visit in Luang prabang with very nice hotel Lakhangthong Boutique Hotel. I think that's the best hotel in Asia.

~Ze Z

We spent an afternoon at Kuang Si Falls and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a van drive us up, wait for us, and then take us back. Our hotel arranged it, and it was 40 usd. The entrance fee was 3 usd per person, but none of that goes to the bear sanctuary. You must donate to that separately if you wish. We first stopped at the bear sanctuary and enjoyed watching the brother and sister fight it out over the hammock. There is a nice spot to observe the bears up top and to get pictures without the fencing. The falls and pools were beautiful. The water was refreshing and the hike easy. It had rained in the morning, so water shoes of some sort are recommended as it was muddy and slippery. There is a big tree halfway up where people were jumping and flipping into the pools. Fun to watch! There is a snack booth halfway up and stores all around the base if you need food or drinks. The pools were not too crowded, and the place is so clean. We really enjoyed our almost two hours there!!!!! Highly recommend spending an afternoon there!

~Sparkynrose

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