Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Less than an hour away from Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls is known for its milky turquoise waters. There are multiple pools scattered throughout the area; the main pool has rope swings, and an overhanging tree limb from which you can jump into the water. There's also lookout point just a short hike away, which offers panoramic views of Lao’s countryside. The falls are easily accessible and are beautiful throughout the day but visit early for fewer crowds. There are changing facilities, and several eateries in the area where you can relax and take in the views. – Tripadvisor
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  • rperalta63
    Palm Springs, California53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip to the Falls. Worth the trip!
    We visited the falls after our driver said that there was still plenty of water (and not too much water) in them. The falls were beautiful. It’s quite an extensive area and we probably spent about two hours there. We also stopped for a drink at the little cafe near the top of the falls. Be sure to go all the way to the top — it’s not that hard and worth the effort. Our driver was Somsay. You can reach him on WhatsApp at +856 20 52 990 009. Highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Travis SC
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible site
    The falls themselves are quite an incredible site. The water cascades over limestone rocks with lush greenery framing the picture. The lovely turquoise colored pools of water made the experience truly magical. The water was quite cold in comparison to the ambient temperature so it was a great way to cool off on the hot humid day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • dgtravelbug
    Wollongong, Australia114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful natural retreat
    Set within a national park the falls and surrounding forest are a beautiful escape from Luang Prabang. The 1 hour drive is scenic through villages and rice fields and lots of little bridges over creeks. The road is not well kept and full of pot holes so a car or van is more comfortable. There is no need to take a tour, just get your hotel to organise their favourite driver and off you go. If you go in the morning you will miss the tour groups that arrive in the afternoon. Once you pay the incredibly cheap entrance fee you are shuttled about 2km up the road in electric buggies to the forest. We walked straight up the road to the top viewing area and then made our way down along the forest trail that follows the falls. There are several pools that you can swim in, and one we had all to ourselves! The most popular pool was quite gravelly underneath but one of the others was full of sharp rocks which can’t be seen because of the cloudy water. The water was cool but very refreshing once you are in. The bear sanctuary appeared to be under renovation when we visited but we were still able to view some bears in two of the enclosures. We easily spent 3 hours at the falls including a visit to the Butterfly Sanctuary.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Phil W
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom1,288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Power and Beauty of Mother Nature
    This is a must do when staying in Luang Prabang. I followed the advice of other reviewers and travelled early, arriving at just after the opening time of 08:00. This meant that by the time I reached the waterfalls I was the only person there and remained so for a good 15 minutes. Even 45 minutes later only another dozen or so people had arrived. The waterfall itself is an incredible experience - the sound of the water is just as breathtaking as the sight of it. Absolutely a must do.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Marni K
    419 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’ve never seen a waterfall like this before
    Visiting this waterfall was the main impetus why I wanted to visit Laos with my husband. The falls themselves looked amazing in all the photos I saw, and the green water! Oh, my god that water! However, it rained hard the day before we visited, and the water was murky and brown, and not at all inviting for a swim. That being said, it was still a fabulous experience to see the incredible falls. It was quite crowded because everyone wants to see it. But it was a wonderful experience nonetheless. An extra added attraction was the bear sanctuary. We managed to time our visit to seeing the bears being fed. That was more fun than anticipated. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a waterfall like this one before. So many different levels and layers, and the huge amount of water going over… it really should be seen, no matter what color the water is that day.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Saumitra Kabra
    Ahmedabad District, India13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and a must do outing!
    A wonderful wonderful place to go to! If you are in Luang Prabang you simply cannot miss this. Pristine water flowing throughout the area and nice little places to sit and eat alongside makes this a special place to be. A short trek takes you to the top of the waterfall where you can actually swim in the water!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • ianwyj
    Singapore5,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easily a highlight of the Luang Prabang region
    This attraction was in all the guidebooks, so naturally we had to do the touristy thing and give it a visit. And we were so glad that we did. The complex was made up of three fairly beautiful waterfalls, all of differing heights with the main falls being the highest. Over a long period of time, the river that cascaded from the various falls had helped to create pools at several levels. These pools were attractions in their own right, with a fair number of visitors choosing to take a dip in the cool waters. Accessing the falls was easy with a fairly well-kept visitors trail that included a few bridges although some sections could be somewhat wet and/or muddy. In addition, apart from there being no safety handles at the points of entry into the pools, the water's edge also appeared to be a little slippery, so those choosing to take a dip should be careful. Needless to say, there were no lifeguards on duty. Being in the forest, the trail also proved to be a nice nature escape with flowering shrubs and butterflies being a common occurrence.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 November 2023
  • midnight-moon
    Harrogate, United Kingdom427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful relaxing morning
    Arrived at 8 and there were only a few people there that early, by the time we left at 10 it was much busier but still ok. If you’re there for the nature I’d suggest getting there early. The path to the very top of the falls is a little difficult and you’re not missing much if you can’t manage it. They seem be be constructing a new staircase/path so I imagine it’ll be easier in the future. The water is beautiful and obviously pretty cold, very glad we had water shoes to enter as there were numerous branches and rocks. Couldn’t see any showers but the water is refreshing enough you don’t even really feel like you need one!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Patrick G
    Marina del Rey, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than the pictures
    Well worth the drive. These waterfalls are magical, and present so many Instagram opportunities. Easy, family-friendly hike once you are dropped off by the shuttle. Don't forget to wave hi to the rescued bears and visit the butterfly museum :)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Misty Jones
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip!
    Really enjoyed visiting here - climb to top is perfectly doable but steep. Wouldn't have wanted to descend in the rainy season! I'd advise getting here early - crowds had really built up by late morning.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
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MumbaiRiders
Mumbai, India1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Kuang Si Waterfall" is approximately 30 Km from Luang Prabang city and is a 3 tier waterfall that begins in shallow pools atop the hill-side.Had visited the falls in a group tour of 16 tourists at a cost of 40,000 Kips just for transportation.Entrance to the National park is 20,000 Kips and on entering the park the visitor get's to visit the "Rescue bear centre". Had a dip in the natural swimming pool of the waterfalls and it was a out of the World experience and akin to a artificial swimming pool this enclosed tier of the waterfall had a stepped down deep side near the mouth of the gushing waterfall.
Written 29 January 2020
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Pennyworth
Truro, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited the falls from Luang Prabang. Leaving our hotel in a mini van at 8.30 we didn’t stop to “see the village” so arrived at 9.30 and were virtually the only ones in the car park. A really pretty place. We walked to the top of the falls, took the little bamboo raft (1$) for a quiet 10 mins, stick your feet in the pool while you wait and let the little fish nibble your toes! We then followed the flat path through the teak Forrest/jungle to the Spring Water where the river is supposed to start. It is Marked as a 2-3km Walk but only took took around 40 mins at a slow pace. Once there it is a magical spot full of crystal clear pools For swimming, greenery and butterflies. We didn’t go up to the Buddha cave. We were early so no visitors yet, though people were arriving as we left, there were not many and all Europeans. Friendly restaurant owner served us perfectly bbq /cooked fish on banana leaves which we ate in one of the thatched huts, best we have had in Laos! Allow plenty of time to visit not to be rushed. We returned on the left side of the waterfall which was steep and slippery. Fine really, but some with flip flops were struggling. We swam at the bottom waterfall to finish which by then was busy but still great. Call in for an ice cream at the Buffalo farm on the return to Luang Probang and day sorted 👌
Written 25 February 2020
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,319 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited during Chinese Lunar New Year and so the place was absolutely swamped by their tourists.

All around the falls and their pools are clear notices in many languages advising what is permitted, what is dangerous etc but obviously there must have been something in the small print that says that these rules don't apply to Chinese tour groups!!

We also suffered from selfish antics by a couple of Californian idiots whose main aim seemed to be to ensure that every other visitor took home a photo of them in front of / on top of the waterfalls!

Enough wingeing but the Laos management really needs to enforce their rules for the benefit of all the respectful visitors.

The waterfalls themselves are actually very beautiful, particularly the largest, and the surrounding landscape has many beautiful plants and flowers. Also enjoyable is the trip out of Luang Prabang, which was interesting in itself.

Adjacent to some of the waterfalls, and included in the entrance fee, are viewing platforms over an Asiatic black bear (moon bear) rescue centre which provides an additional point of interest.
Written 30 January 2020
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Vinayak Sharma
New Delhi, India92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It a nice place. I recommend you take a taxi and club this with other tours. You can take a dip in water and enjoy scenic walk.  I would recommend visiting around 9 am because around noon it get superb crowded. 
Written 2 January 2020
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northlondonmum
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visited these falls with a private driver from Luang Prabang. It gave us an opportunity to see the surrounding Laos countryside.The falls were very pretty and set in a well tended forested area. They are multi level and the cascades fall into amazing turquoise pools in some of which you can swim. There are facilities for changing and toilets as well. Although it was Saturday and a lot of locals were there with picnics it didn't detract from this pretty area. Near the top of the falls overlooking a cascade is a restaurant that sells beer and good food. Included in the modest entrance fee was a moon bear rescue centre which was well worth visiting.
Written 27 February 2020
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Barbara
Incline Village, NV83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It was well worth the $20 price for the hour plus ride each way in a van with 6 people. It was a surprise to see bears in an enclosed area as you start up the path to the falls. I would recommend taking swimming suit and towel. (I forgot my towel and it was difficult to change into my clothes soaking wet). Around every corner is another beautiful cascading falls with pools just below. It was hard to STOP taking photos. The walk is about a gentle mile up to the largest falls with people picnicking along the way. When I got to the top there was a steeper path that goes up further about approx. 1/3-1//2 mile where there are steps (that were under the water) that you can take further up. (I didn't want to go by myself). There is a bridge you can cross if you do go that will take you to the other side of the river so you can come down that way. I asked the people I saw coming down from there. It was the highlight of my trip to LP.
Written 15 June 2020
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Kate B
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I did: Full Day Kuang Si Waterfalls, Hmong Village Afternoon: Mekong Sunset Cruise (Downstream), Pak Ou Caves, Whisky Village Tour.

The guide (named Thin), van driver, boat captain, and the van itself were all great!

My friend and I chose the full day tour that started with the waterfalls, which meant they weren’t as busy with tourists as they apparently get later in the day. Everyone on our tour agreed we were happy we chose this option. And it also meant we enjoyed the sun set while on our boat cruise back from the caves/ whiskey village.

Kuang Si Waterfalls: They were beautiful! Totally worth it. My friend and I went as part of a group, so we were picked up from our hotel in an air conditioned van. I saw people driving the long (under construction) road in tuk tuks and on motorcycles- and I wouldn’t want to do that myself. None of our group swam as the water was cold. Pro tip: we walked up to paved road to the top of the falls, beating most other people to the top, since the route was direct. So we had a few minutes of the place to ourselves- which was awesome. Then we took the longer main route on the way back down. There is a bear rescue on site as well. I was opposed to the idea of the bears being in a zoo-like environment for tourists to see before going (I don’t even like regular zoos for the same reason).... and I’m still a bit conflicted after having seen it. But on the other hand, they were saved from a much worse fate....
Written 22 February 2020
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James E
Omaha, NE47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Obviously you can see hundreds of photos, reviews and videos of this place, but what surprised me the most was how big the area was. I was expecting a couple of medium sized pools with hundreds of tourists surrounding them. But that was not the case at all. It's a solid 10 minute long walk with at least a dozen stops to take in the falls and surrounding nature. There are even a few places to eat and drink along the way, which was nice.
We were there in December, so it was cold. Jeans and a sweater. It was fun watching the crazy tourists jump in the cold water and scream about how cold it was.
We attempted the trail climb to the top of the falls, but eventually we turned around as we felt it was too dangerous for our comfort level. You would not want to attempt the climb with flip flops.

2 hours went by quickly.

This is a MUST SEE in Luang Prabang.
Written 6 January 2020
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Golly1945
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Being our first visit to Laos, and with only 3 Nights in Luang Prabang, we wanted to make the most of our visit. In researching what to see and do, Kuang Si Falls was highly recommended.
However, our Tour Operator said that it was not worth visiting, as the water flow was too low at that time of year (early February).
However, one Review said that they went later in February and the Falls were stunning. So, based on that Review, we amended our Itinerary ~ what a great decision ~ these Cascading Falls which continue on into Mini Falls & Pools were absolutely beautiful ~ our only regret is that we could not have stayed longer! Would go back in a minute to this enchanting place!
Written 2 June 2020
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Mariele
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The waterfalls are astounding! Therefore happy we went. We booked in wit ha company that had been promoting a shared minibus trip with pick up from the hotel of yours, 2.5 hours in the falls then dropped to the primary night market. It had taken around forty five to make it happen and 2.5 hours was more than period that is enough as the water was much too cool to have there for over a couple of minutes. But walking around and also consuming the breathtaking scenery was worth the journey. On the walk on the falls, you pass by way of a Bear sanctuary that is a pleasant added extra. Certainly head to the falls whether you're previously in Luang Prabang!
Written 7 April 2020
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