While i was surfing the web looking for information about Laos, my sight was drawn by fantastic pics: the Kuang Si waterfall. I immediately thought that i couldn’t miss this fascinating place. The waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area and it flows through a tropical jungle emptying out a series of colorful and clear cascading pools before going downstream.
After waking up we head to the road facing the river, where we find many shared taxi drivers sitting and talking together. As i come up to them, a driver start haggling the price: ”60.000 kip!” . ”No man, it’s too much ! ” I say. ” Ok, give me your price ” he replies. ” My price is 20.000 , i’ve got just this money in my pocket” I tell him. He starts looking at me with feigned surprise….. saying my price is too low. I pretend to walk away looking for another driver, but in a while he stops me saying : ” come on my friend, please give me your last price!”. I get the round trip for 35.000 kit, so, after jumping in the shared taxi with other people, we finally head to the waterfalls.
It took us almost 2 hrs to reach the main gate and pay the entrance fee. My first stop is at the ”Asian bears sanctuary” where the rangers look after of these wild animals endangered with extinction. I stare at these funny wild animals while they play each other and climb up and down trees, then I continue my path toward the pools. While passing by each pool, it’s like to be in the land of make-believe. Now one is around me , the water flows over a white limestone, empties the pools with its incredible aquamarine colour.
I stop beside a big pools where many people are swimming. ” Why not? ” i think. I take off my t-shirt and with a jump from the rock i take a plunge into the water! The weather is quite hot and take a rest here in the pools it’s a great thing. After this break i continue toward the main fall. Once there i take some pic of this 50 meters high fall, then , starting from its right side, i climb a muddy trail to get to the top. Here the view of the valley is spectacular and just few people climb the hill, compared with the lower pools. Happy for my beautiful excursion, i descent the valley up to the main gate, where, after having a lunch in one of the small restaurants, i meet the tuk-tuk driver, ready to go back and explore Luang Prabang.
How to get there: get to the waterfall is very easy. You can pick up a tuk tuk everywhere and anytime in the city centre. A roundtrip coasts around 40.000 kit ( 7$ )