The dry season being the best time of the year, 25 Km from Luang Prabang is a Turquoise Waterfall.
The road is well paved and allow you to reach village you never could before. Be careful on the small old bridge with two large beams and use all your balance skill.
We rented a scooter for the day at Sok Dee Guesthouse for 100 KK. Another possibility is to take a Tuk-Tuk, which will cost you more or less 150 KK / 18 $ for half a day. Trust me, you won’t have any problem to find one, dozens of them are all around town and willing to take you there day and night.
For the solo travellers, bargain or a price and tell the driver you want to wait for more people, he will walk along and ask people to join the ride.
Kuang Si Falls
Next to the parking lot, there is food, drinks, and souvenir stalls outside the park’s gates, often cheaper than in Luang Prabang,
Don’t miss Kuang Si Rescue Centre at the beginning of the path to the Falls on the right side. Asian black bears (Moon Bear) were saved from poachers and can now start a better life.
Most of the 20 bears enjoying a new life were once a “bile bear”. Caged to harvest their bill, illegal hunter chase them down for traditional Chinese medicinal trade.
A catheter is inserted in the Bear, harvesting 20 to 40 ml a day. Producing 2000 ml over a 5 year period, bile can worth 20.000 $ for per liter. Some are kept in that condition for over 20 years.
Unskilled surgery, stress and ridiculously small cage lead to death in many instances.
A lot of website advise to take the right side up and then cross the falls at the top to go down the left side. I think we just saw a bridge, follow the track and went all the way up and down…. This side is meant to be slightly easier and the left side steeper with no stairs. In our opinion, there was no problem whatsoever, but we may not recommend this for the very young or elderly. The top offers a spectacular view of the valley. You will arrive in a flat area with water from all sides. Use rickety walkways to cross from one side to another. The very top of the fenced-in waterfall don’t really give you a great view of it.
Fearless little fish that quickly come to your feet won’t do you any arm, people even pay to have them removed dead skin in Spa all around Asia.
On the way back you can take a swim in the turquoise water of its travertine pools. Or, if you have enough and depending on what time it is, maybe, the crowd has left and it is time for you to unpack your tripod and take that photo which will be perfect once framed, next to your fireplace.
We didn’t tell you that: When going up to the top from the right side. Half-way, on your left, find a little “path” connecting the middle of the waterfall through the forest. There will be not much, if not any tourists. One of this time, when we had the bright idea to take the hammock
Your choice …
Being open to the public from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM, young children get in for free and adult should pay 20.000 Kips. Lighting is meant to be better in the morning for the best color.
Take the path on the right side to reach the Bear Rescue Center. And then right from the waterfall to the top as it is meant to be more developed.
Please, when climbing to the top, be really carefull as there is some really slippery section. People have already drowned here, sliding on the ground and hitting their head.