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Kuang Xi waterfalls

Situated at about twenty miles from Louang Prabang, this is a large waterfall and can be reached by Touktouk (taxi) or minivan in under an hour.

The scenery leading to Kuang Si is magnificent. You will find all the tints of green imaginable, open spaces where there is nothing but a few bamboo houses standing in the middle of rice fields and a few buffalo here and there. We cross a few Lao Loum and Lao Soung villages whose traditional houses ; made from wood, bamboo and plaited bamboo are all along the side of the road.

For some years now, due to the abundance of tourists, the way of life of village children has changed considerably, now they will ask you straight away for monry. You can stop in these Lao Soung villages, but their discovery is no longer as pleasing and relaxing as in the past.

The waterfall is really a beautiful place, nearly as perfect as a publicity for Coca-Cola. Swimming is no problem in the "pools"; you can also relax in the well kept grass; drink a few fresh BeerLao’s in one of the local refreshment areas; or get a sun tan whilst reading a book ... Vegetation is stunning, the view from the top is amazing.

Kuang Xi waterfalls, 30km from Luang Prabang

In these peaceful surroundings, you can go and look around the mini-zoo, where black bears are kept. The bears all have their own little story which is told in the Bear Lao website. Not to be mistaken for Beerlao website ;-)

Entrance fee to the park, 20 000 kips (between 2 to 2.5 USD); count 15 to 20 dollars, return fare, for the touktouk (taxi).

My advice :This is something which can be missed under no circumstances. Leave by Toutouk (taxi) mid-morning, rather than with a mini-van at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. There are many small restaurants where you can eat, and no end of souvenir shops.