The Kuang Si Waterfalls only 30 km away from Luang Prabang is a natural scenic attraction worth a half day trip or even a day trip if you like to swim longer in the incredible beautiful pools.
The waterfall exists of different cascades connecting the pools. There are pools where the stream of the water is so heavy that it’s forbidden to take a swim. However no worries there is enough space in the pools you do can swim in.
There is a walking path next to the waterfalls that goes up hill and once you arrive on top there is another pool with a swing above the water and a view over the jungle area where this magnificent places is situated. There are 3 levels of pools and I went swimming in the first pool when I came back from my hike to the third pool that is situated up hill.
Go in the early morning as it opens already at 8 am, it will be less crowded, not that it was overcrowded when I was there in the afternoon, but in the morning you really can have one of the pools for yourself.
There are changing rooms and toilets and also a small restaurant, always convenient.
Just outside the entrance gate of the waterfall park there is a Black moon bear rescue centre to save the Asian black moon bears, you can watch the bears playing or how they are sleeping in the hammocks. Feel free to donate to the rescue centre or buy souvenirs like t-shirts for example.
These bears have been rescued from horrible circumstances, people hunting them for their bile, or from bile farms where they were kept in tiny cages. In the Bear sanctuary they have been given shelter and food and more space to walk around.
How to get there :
Simple by tuk tuk or minivan, taxi, bike etc,….
I went by minivan, got picked up at the hostel and the 30 km drive is over small dirty bumpy roads and takes almost 1 hour, so to long for me to sit in a tuk tuk, that’s why I preferred to go by minivan. It’s about 20.000 kip (Laos Money) = 2 Eur / 2 Usd
The entrance to the waterfalls is the same price. So it’s very cheap no reason not to go and see this for yourself.