Highlights of Kuang Si Waterfalls
Kuang Si Waterfalls known as Tat Kuang is a huge waterfall comprising several levels. According to a local legend, a wise old man dug into the earth to summon water. Then, a golden deer lived under a rock protruding from the new waters. That is a reason why these waterfalls are called Kuang Si: kuang means deer and si means dig in Lao. At the bottom of falls, there are ponds of water with slow and little force flows. They are only about half a meter in depth and very common for bathing. On the contrary, at the highest part of Kuang Si, the turquoise clear water falls from a height of 60m.
Tourists usually enjoy swimming in cold water or relax in the shade. At the middle of Kuang Si falls, visitors have a chance to swing from a rope of a tree diving into the water. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk through rocks to the top of the falls. Here, there is an ideal picnic area for tourists to have a break and take a sightseeing. Another place suggested for travellers to see the natural spectacle sceneries or take great pictures is a wooden bridge. Some souvenir shops, small restaurants, fruit stands and restrooms are available at the entrance to sever visitors.
In this area, there is a Centre of Rescue and Recovery of Bears where rescues a variety of Asiatic black bears from poachers and provides them with a house. It is easy to see the bears freely roam and play around the grounds. Many people buy a T-shirt or make a donation to support the centre. In addition, on the way to Kuang Si Waterfalls, travellers can meet a large number of Hmong villagers in traditional costume and buy their hand woven crafts.
How to get to Kuang Si Waterfalls
A roundtrip tuk-tuk ride about 45 minutes is the easiest ways to go to the waterfalls. Visitors can return whenever they want to because drivers will wait for you at the falls. It is possible to share tuk-tuk with other groups to gain cheaper price.
There are two mini-buses daily at 12:00 and 14:00 from Naluang Mini Bus station to Kuang Si Waterfalls. The buses will wait at the entrance, therefore, tourists will get to the falls and come back by the same bus. They usually spend two hours for tourists to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Cycling or riding a motorbike is interesting ways to Kuang Si for travelling lovers. You can slow down to enjoy fresh air and see pretty views and peaceful villages on two sides of the road. Moreover, time for going to and back depends on yourselves.
If you go with some other people and want to be comfortable, hiring a car is a good suggestion for your journey. It is really convenient for all when starting and returning time is optional.
Opening Hours : daily from 8:00 to 17:30
Ticket Price : 20,000 Kips