After spending a good few weeks in Thailand it was time to enter Laos, and I was pretty excited to say the least. I had looked forward to beautiful landscapes, learning about a new culture and getting involved in the vast amount of activities on offer (including the infamous tubing in Vang Vieng!)
After a two day slow boat journey through Laos, we finally ended up in Luang Prabang. The cultured city is renowned for its world class French food, its atmospheric night markets and the gorgeous Kuang Si waterfalls. On our second day in Luang Prabang, we decided to visit said waterfalls. I had seen friends’ photos of the falls and had seen posters of them plastered all over the town, but I was absolutely blown away as soon as I set eyes upon them.
At the entrance it cost 20,000 kip to enter and from there the falls were a short walk away. I noticed there was a trekking route too, but being in a large group of about 10 not everyone was too keen for anything too strenuous.
We soon arrived to the main falls, which looked like something out of a dream or an animated Disney film. We were all speechless and utterly impressed and spent a while taking various photos – although they in no way do it any justice! This part of the falls was closed off and you weren’t able to swim but we followed directions to another part where bathing was allowed.
There you could jump off trees into the water and shower underneath the cascading blue waves. The water was quite cool, but we still spent a decent amount of time enjoying swimming and messing about.
The Kuang Si waterfalls really were the most beautiful I’d ever seen. Luang Prabang is a lovely little city too and although there isn’t too much to do, I’d definitely recommend a stopover to at least visit the waterfalls. We passed a bear sanctuary on our short walk to the falls from the entrance where we spotted a few, but didn’t have enough time to go in and visit. So combining a visit to both might be a nice thing to do, if the time is available. We ended up staying four nights in Luang Prabang, but for me I felt like this was slightly too long when there are so many other interesting places to visit in Laos.