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No trip to Luang Prabang is complete without a visit to Kuang Si waterfalls.

Situated a 45 minute ride out of town, there’s a quiet oasis waiting to be explored. Well, quiet is probably not the key word in that sentence, as it can get very busy. Peaceful? Tranquil? Let’s stick with ‘beautiful’. 

We booked seats in a shared minibus through our guesthouse, paying about £5 each. This seems to be the current going rate, but it would cost more for a private tuk tuk. More than happy to share a van to cut down on costs, we hurtled down dirt roads to our destination for the day.

Kuang Si Waterfall

Our van parked up outside the entrance, we snapped a photo of the number plate so we could find it later, and then we were let loose!

Don’t go chasing waterfalls? Or do!

We hit the main falls first. They were so photogenic! Snapping away on our cameras and phones, we dodged the other visitors to try and get the best shots.

You can climb up to the top of the falls, though be prepared – it’s a bit treacherous! The path to the right of the falls isn’t really a path, but more of a trail, clambering up tree roots and rocks. If you’re not up to a bit of scrambling then I would give this a miss. 

On the way back we descended down the left hand side (or your right as you’re at the top, I guess) which actually has steps! They cross through a part of the fall though, so can be slippy. It’s probably easier to go up and come back down via this side, but if you like a bit of a workout in your walk then take the right hand path up.

Once at the top you can wander around and hear the noise of the falls – thereweren’t many people about, making it calm and peaceful! There are benches to perch on and you could even have a quiet picnic.

We ventured the length of the park and snapped some photos of the beautiful pools. There was time for a swim, but the water was so cold and I didn’t want to sit in the minivan in a wet swimsuit!

It was quite busy when we visited, so plenty of people were in the water. You can’t really tell from these photographs, though!

A beary good time

On your way out of the park there’s a bear sanctuary – there are quite a few rescued bears. It’s a fun little place to stop! We managed to see feeding time and it was quite amusing to everyone running up to grab their lunch. Adam managed to snap this slightly terrifying photo of one of the little fellas – I think he might be used to posing for photographs!

All in all, Kuang Si makes for a good half a day trip. We were picked up around 11am and got back to Luang Prabang at 3ish. If you ride a motorbike you could make your own way here – that way you can spend as much time as you like, but we prefer to stay alive so opted for shared transport. It can get quite busy with tour groups, however we still found it to be manageable.

Hope you enjoyed our little post. Add Kuang Si to your Luang Prabang itinerary!