I’ve seen waterfalls. When I was little they were stuff of legend; magical places that take you to distant, mystical lands.
I then got the chance to experience them in the real world in Iceland. In the land of ice and fire, they are breathtaking specimens of nature and its raw power. I got to observe them and even take that magical trip of walking behind them…
But I never really got to interact with them and experience them until this trip.
Kuang Si waterfalls are paradise. Just 30km away from Luang Prabang and easily accessible via taxi or tuk tuk. 40,000 kip will get you there and back with an entrance fee of 20,000 to the waterfalls comes in at a grand total of £5.50. A meagre price to pay for the privilege of visiting this gorgeous place.
The best part about this place is you can actually swim in the waterfall pools. Something, as a self confessed water baby, I was incredibly excited to do.
I recommend trekking to the top first and swimming in the natural pools on the way down. It’s a hot, sweaty, tough (but not unmanageable) walk up and leaving the swimming till afterwards was a refreshing reward.
Depending on your fitness level will depend on how gruelling the walk up is. I don’t consider myself super fit but I do enjoy a good ramble through nature. It is a long way up…
Then it’s time for the fun part! The water is actually blue, something to do with the limestone, not unsimilar to the water at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Don’t expect it to be toasty warm here though, there’s no natural hotspring warming these bad boys up. The water may be cool, but so refreshing and just what the doctor ordered after a sweaty climb to the top.
I definitely recommend having a little swim in each of the pools. Now if you’re a bit of a clutz like me, manoeuvring yourself into the water takes a little preplanning. It’s very slippy, rocky and muddy surrounding the water. On more than one occasion I was a grabbed by a friendly passerby to stop me from plummeting face first into the mud 🙈.
One of the pools has the most ideal jumping point. Fair warning, it does say danger no jumping but after watching a group of guys do it and assessing the risk myself, as any teacher is trained up to the eyeballs to do, the adrenalin junkie in me took over.
This resulted in cheers and a photo request with the guys who advised me 🙈 obviously I obliged but I’m now regretting not getting a copy of the photo!
If you’re a bit of a thrill junkie like me and decide to take a jump then just bare in mind:
- The climb up the tree is slippy, take care
- Don’t dive, the water is deep but even with my grand stature of 5ft1 and a half my feet did just hit the bottom
- Enjoy! It was such a buzz 🙂
If you’re going to South East Asia, do not miss out Luang Prabang and the Kuang Si Waterfalls. I wish we hadn’t jumped the gun and booked our onward travel so soon as you could easily spend 5 days in Luang Prabang. We were nearly put off by the 20 hour bus journey to get there. It’s a tough journey but an experience I will never forget and most certainly a part of this mammoth trip that will have a special place in my heart.