The Kuang Si Falls or Kuang Xi Falls, alternatively known as the Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is a three-tiered waterfall about 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. The waterfalls are a favorite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang, and begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. These lead to the main fall with a drop of 50 meters.
From a 50-meter height, the vibrant water falls into a series of shallow pools before flowing downstream into the jungle river. Over years of flowing over the rocks, Kuang Si Falls have etched deep lines into the stones which make a beautiful travertine pattern. The harmony between the blue of the crystal water and the green of the verdant jungle paints a picturesque landscape of swimming pools in the sky.
Spending a one-day trip to Kuang Si Waterfall outside of the city, you will never forget the experience of unwinding in the turquoise swimming pools and letting the forceful torrent shower your body. The most mesmerizing activity is absolutely taking a swim in the turquoise pools except for some ‘secret pools’ marked by do-not-enter signs. If you are an adventurous person, you will definitely try jumping into the pools by swinging the ropes tied to the tree.
Another worthwhile activity to enjoy the breathtaking rustic nature is hiking up to the top despite a bit of difficult terrain. The stunningly unobstructed views from the top give you opportunities to escape from the noisy crowds and immerse in the peaceful trickle of flowing water, the charming forest, and numerous strange reptiles, funguses, and flowers on the way. It takes travelers around 20-minute one way to go climbing to the most epic view of Kuang Si Falls. A little hiking trick is climbing up by the left wooden footbridge and going down by the right pathway which is smooth, steep, and step-free.
The best time to visit Kuang Si Falls varies from December to around April and May when the monsoon season has ended and the cascading falls begin to settle. However, you are better off visiting on a weekday to avoid the crowds of peak season.
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