When you are in Luang Prabang you surely need to visit the Kuang Si Waterfall with the great bright blue colour. Everybody is talking about this one when you visit Laos.
Bright Blue Kuang Si Waterfall
In town are all kinds of travelagencies that can arrange a trip for you. It is an half hour drive through great landscape from LP to the waterfall. I visited with a small group and we walked up the hill together. The waterfall is surrounded with a park for which you have to pay to enter. Most of the time it is included in the trip price and so it is arranged for.
I ofcourse started my walk at the top of the waterfall. There is a plateau from which you can see the waterfall and from where you can make nice pictures with the fall in the back of your picture. From the moment you enter the waterfall you can not miss the great bright and fresh blue colour of the water. The water comes directly from the hills and take my word for it: it’s freezing cold.
Kuang Si Waterfall – Luang Prabang, Laos
While walking down the path along the river side I entered all kinds of great rapids in the river, small waterfalls. The colour is just mesmerizing!! On the background is the lucious green of the jungle that compleets a perfect picture!!
Half way down the path I entered a swimmingpool part, situated underneath a small waterfall. You can really take a great swim there when it is really hot. It wasn’t when I was there so I didn’t went in 🙂
Bear Shelter @ Kuang Si Waterfall
Almost down I saw a bear shelter. They just sit there and I thought it looked sad. They were in a far more worse situation before so they had a good shelter now, they told me. When I searched the internet I found out that Free The Bears had this shelter. They get bears out of nasty situations and try to rehabilitate them into the wild again. They also provide education to the local people to create awareness and to prefend this from happening in the future.
Visiting a Local village near Kuang Si Waterfall
On the way back to Luang Prabang we visited a local village to see how they live here. I’m always so surprised to see how things are combined in such a village. They still live in a wooden shed but next to it you see a satellite dish to receive television. There is a change but it is going slowly.
I don’t know if they always want that change. It seems that some of the locals are happy with living like they did centuries ago but the teenagers and twenty something people are going to the city. For education and/or for modern time 🙂
- Alternative for Kuang Si Waterfall
Near Luang Prabang you have another bright blue waterfall. This one is called Tad Sae Waterfall. I read about the fact that lot’s of people don’t go here because it’s more visited by the local Laotian tourists. Maybe I should have gone there then!! Also.. It is not that high as Kuang Si Waterfall. You can go and swim at this one just as Kuang Si, there are several stages that look like pools. You can swim and relax in there too.
This waterfall is 18K away from Luang Prabang and 2K near the village Bak En.
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I hope you love this beautiful world as much as I do!!
Take good care of it!!