Later on the same day we explored the Buddha caves we jumped into a minivan and headed off for the Kuang Si waterfall.
According to a girl I met in Siem Reap, that is the only waterfall worth visiting right now because despite it being rainy season, the water levels are still low. The ride to the waterfall was a lot like our 762 curves to Pai ride. We spun around sharp curves, honking so both oncoming traffic and stray oxes and chicken would be warned of our presence.
On arrival we found out that in addition to the cost of our minivan tour, park entrance would be another 20,000 Kip. We walked into the park and were greeted by a bear sanctuary before we reached the bottom of the falls.
We made our way through lush green foliage and found ourselves at the foot of a bright turquoise lagoon. Laos is such a gorgeous country. It really looks and feels like a jungle here.
We pushed past each of the lagoons only to find bigger and and bluer pools above.
We continued to climb until we reached the giant falls at the top. The view was astounding but we weren’t the only ones to find it.
The tourist crowds were a bit overwhelming so we decided to walk back downwards in search of the quietest pool at the bottom. Did I mention that it’s full of the little fishies that nibble off your dead skin? Free fish spa!
We lounged here until a little after it was time to go and had to run soaking wet back towards the van, pulling on clothes before we passed the guard who enforce the “no bare chests” rule at the entrance.
Before heading back to town we made one more stop at a weaving village.
There is a path that is designed to lead you through the village and when visitors arrive, the women and children run to the edges to sell you their items. They get a bit aggressive and even angry when you don’t buy.
Rather than provide an authentic experience, this stop felt a bit awkward since we were walking through an impoverished area with villagers pushing knick knacks and trinkets at us since we clearly had money on us.
The children were rather friendly though and tagged along out of curiosity, practicing their little bits of English with us before waving goodbye.
Putting It Together
- Book the tour through one of the local tourism shops around town and make sure to clarify whether pickup at your hostel will be provided
- Bring a bathing suit to swim but you cannot walk around in your swimsuit when entering or leaving the falls
- The ground is wet and slippery so water shoes come in handy and be prepared to leave your belongings on a picnic table away from the water (don’t pack valuables)
- Wear shoes that you are comfortable climbing in if you want to explore above the waterfall
Where is your favorite waterfall? Let me know in the comments below!