A Relaxing Day at the Kuang Si Falls

A Relaxing Day
at the Kuang Si Falls

The Kuang Si Falls are the beautiful sight where you can hike, swim and soak up the beauty of
surrounding area. The waterfall is the biggest in the region with three tiers leading
to a 60-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Almost comfortably nestled in the hills of northern Laos, the UNESCO-inscribed town of Luang Prabang once was seen as the country’s royal and spiritual capital and is well-known for its gilded Buddhist monasteries, a slow pace of life along the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, unique colonial architecture with French influences and plenty of charm.

Whereas the walkable centre of Luang Prabang is known for its varied collection of temples and monasteries, its elevated position adds a few more natural landmarks to its portfolio. Without a doubt, the Kuang Si Waterfalls are amongst the most recognisable ones and have to be part of any serious Laos’ explorer. A break from temple galore and in for a sniff of fresh air while being surrounded by turquoise pools…what more do we need to say?

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Relaxing Day at the Kuang Si Falls

08:00 - 16:00

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel in Luang Prabang at around 8 am and drive around 30 kilometres in western direction. En route, we stop at the local Hmong Village of Ban Na Ouane where we witness the daily life of this ethnic hill tribe of the northern part of Laos. A walk through the Luang Prabang’s lush jungle leads to Kuang Si which is considered as Laos’ most beautiful waterfall and a must-see visit for those staying in Luang Prabang. The trail passes untouched forests and the Asian Bear Rescue Centre until the picture-perfect setting of the falls is reached.

The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside which leads to the main fall with a 50 meter, three-tiered cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. The many cascades that result are typical of travertine waterfalls with beautiful scenery; an abundance of flora and fauna surround the area.

After enjoying the scenery, you are free to take a swim in one of the nearby clear pools. There are also some hiking paths around the waterfalls, bringing each visitor deeper and closer with nature. Below the tiered limestone pools lies the Khmu village Ban Thapene. The Khmu men are especially good basket weavers and can sometimes be watched crafting these, still used in the daily lives of the Laotians.

Lunch will be served nearby the waterfall. One can enjoy the scenery around the waterfall for a short time before we head back in the direction of Luang Prabang. We make stops on the way: Ban Xiang Khong, well-known for making paper the traditional way, and Ban Xieng Lek, a local village. At around 4 pm, we arrive back in your hotel in Luang Prabang.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour. Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Recommended to bring: change of clothing (2 sets), towel, swim wear and slippers / waterproof sandals.

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