I’ve seen a lot of waterfalls in my travels. When I heard that Luang Prabong’s top attraction was yet another waterfall, Kuang Si falls, I was not excited. How different could it be from the ones I’ve already seen, I figured. On my prior trip here ten years aga, I did not even visit the waterfall, because I didn’t want to deal with tuk tuk drivers.

But this time I had my own wheels, so there was no reason not to go. So I headed out early enough to beat the busloads of Chinese tourists. It turned out that they were quite spectacular. The pools of water were a beautiful turquoise blue, and there were many small white falls cascading over rocks.

Farmers worked in their fields on the way to the waterfall.
Farmers worked in their fields on the way to the waterfall.

The big attraction was the tall main falls, which were an incredible sight. Traveling alone, I only stayed an hour or so, which was enough time to photograph the falls. After that big groups of tourists started arriving. But if you’re traveling in a group, you could spend hours here, swimming and relaxing.

Kuang Si is a must-see attraction in Luang Pragang.

The countryside was beautiful.
The countryside was beautiful.
There were many cascades.
There were many cascades.
And a water wheel.
And a water wheel.
The main event.
The main event.
Girl and baby.
Girl and baby.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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