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These are the 5 most beautiful waterfalls of Laos

These are the most beautiful waterfalls of Laos you cannot skip while travelling through!

 

The most beautiful waterfalls of Laos

Laos certainly has no shortage of beautiful waterfalls. Hence, no trip though Laos is complete without visiting at least some of these dreamy falls cascading into aquamarine pools. While some pools are great for swimming, some clearly aren’t. The sheer force of rapids created by the massive water volumes crashing down the ragged Laotian limestone cliffs might be too dangerous for swimming. Here’s our top 5 most beautiful waterfalls of Laos!

 

Kuang Si | Luang Prabang

Kuang Si Falls is perhaps the most famous and most visited waterfall in Laos. Located about 32 km (20 miles) from Luang Prabang, these gorgeous turquoise cascading pools are the perfect place to seek some refuge from the Laotian heat. Several aquamarine cascading pools cover the area and lead to the impressive main falls. You can summit the top of the waterfall by going up a trail on either side of the falls. The top of the falls offer magnificent views of the surrounding forest. Bring your swimsuit for some frolicking in the water and sturdy shoes if you wish to hike to the top.

 

Cascading turquoise pools as far as the eye can see at Kuang-Si Falls
View from the top of Kuang-Si Falls over the surrounding jungle
Cascading turquoise pools as far as the eye can see at Kuang-Si Falls
These are the most beautiful waterfalls of Laos you cannot skip while travelling through!
Visitor scale: very popular

 

Getting to Kuang Si
Getting to Kuang Si Falls is easy. Luang Prabang buzzes with Tuk Tuk drivers offering to take you there. They depart anytime you want and cost around 40.000 kip per person. Plan your day so you have at least three hours at the falls if you wish to swim and hike to the top. The entrance fee is 20.000 kip per person ($2.50 USD).

 


 

 

 


Tad Yuang | Bolaven Plateau

When you’re driving the Bolaven Plateau motorbike loop, you’ll find Tad Yuang Fall about 40 km (25 miles) from Pakse. Walk down the slippery steps towards the waterfall and take a dip above or below the falls during the dry season. This time of year the flow of the river is more mild. Restaurants and tourist shops are lining the parking area.

 

View of the gorgeous Tad Yuang Falls while drive the small Bolaven Plateau Loop
Exploring the surroundings of Tad Yuang Falls while drive the small Bolaven Plateau Loop
View of the gorgeous Tad Yuang Falls while drive the small Bolaven Plateau Loop
Visitor scale: moderately popular

 

Getting to Tad Yuang
Best way to get to Tad Yuang is by driving the Bolaven Plateau small loop. Rent a scooter or motorbike for a couple of days and explore the Bolan Plateau’s exquisite natural gems.

 

Tad Fane | Bolaven Plateau

Tad Fane are probably the most famous waterfalls of southern Laos. Two streams of water plunge deep into the jungle covered basin below, creating a scene reminiscent of Jurassic Park. Most visitors take in the views from the viewpoints close to the Tad Fane Resort. If you’re looking for a more active experience, you can hire a guide and trek through the jungle to the top of the falls. Recently you can also zipline across the gorge, taking in some epic views while flying over the jungle.

 

Epic views of Tad Fane Falls from Tad Fane Restort viewing platform while driving the small Bolaven Plateau Loop
Visitor scale: moderately popular

 

Getting to Tad Fane
Best way to get to Tad Fane by driving the Bolaven Plateau small loop. Rent a scooter or motorbike for a couple of days and explore the Bolaven Plateau’s exquisite natural gems. Local travel agencies will also organize tours from Paksé to Tad Fane.

 


 

 

 


Tad Tayicsua | Bolaven Plateau

If you have the time to drive the big motorbike loop through the Bolaven Plateau, Tad Tayicsua should definitely be on your must-see list. This waterfall is quite off-the-beaten-path and requires a bit of dirt-road motorbiking to get there. You’ll likely have the place all to yourself. The site offers a total of 7 waterfalls to explore, Tad Tayicsua being the most impressive. Bring some sturdy hiking shoes as the trek down to the base of the falls is very muddy and slippery.

 

Hiking down a slippery path to the base of Tad Tayicsua Falls while driving the Bolaven Plateau Big Loop
Visitor scale: less popular

 

Getting to Tad Tayicsua
Only way to get to Tad Tayicsua is by driving the Bolaven Plateau big loop. Rent a scooter or motorbike for a couple of days and explore the Bolan Plateau’s exquisite natural gems.

 

Khone Phapheng Falls | 4000 Islands

The Khone Phapheng Falls are in 4.000 Islands (or Si Phan Don) in southern Laos, close to the Cambodian border. These falls surprised the French who wanted to find a way to travel on the Mekong River to China. The falls prevented them from traveling the Mekong river and forced them to build a railroad connecting Don Det and Don Khone islands.

 

Roaring rapids of the Khone Phapheng Fall on Don Khone Island, 4000 Islands
Roaring rapids of the Khone Phapheng Fall on Don Khone Island, 4000 Islands
Visitor scale: moderately popular

 

Getting to Khone Phapheng Falls
When staying on 4000 Islands, you’re favorite mode of transport will be a bicycle. At 10.000 kip a day, the bicycle is your best friend. Take it around a tour of Don Khone island and stop at Khone Phapheng Falls. Do not only stop at the major viewpoint but walk along the riverbank towards the beach, you’ll enjoy amazing views along the way.

 


 

 

 


There you have it, our top 5 most beautiful waterfalls of Laos! Laos has so many waterfalls on display which makes choosing the most beautiful waterfalls of Laos extra hard. Whether you stick to north or to the south of Laos there surely will be a stream of cristal clear water plunging from its famous limestone cliffs that steals your heart.

 

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