• Name: Kuang Si Waterfall (Tat Kuang Si)

  • Location: 29km Southern of Luang Prabang

  • Highest waterfall: 60m

  • Opening hours: 8 AM - 5 PM

  • Ticket: 20,000 Kip/person (about 1 USD)

  • Nature: The weather is humid throughout the year, hosting a variety of flora and fauna.

This complex features three natural waterfalls considered the most beautiful in Laos. The water here takes on a turquoise hue from algae, cascading down several tiers into the pools below. Together, they create a fairytale-like landscape, a truly enchanting beauty.

The best time to visit

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When to visit Kuang Si Waterfall

Ideal visiting time is recommended from December to around May. This period offers tranquil skies, serene landscapes, and gentle waterfall flows without excessive force.

From June to November is the rainy season in Laos. It falls in the summertime with hot and humid weather. However, it is still a great time to explore the forests and go for a refreshing swim. 

A small note for visiting Kuang Si Falls during the rainy season is to be cautious of road conditions due to rain. You should stay away from areas with strong waterfall currents, and only swim in supervised, safe pools.

How to get here

It takes about 40 - 50 minutes to reach Kuang Si Falls from Luang Prabang City. You will have many transportation options to take:

Mode of transport



Shared tuk-tuk

This arrangement is suitable for 6-7 individuals in one tuk-tuk. You should gather a group to proactively ensure the vehicle departs with a full passenger load.

200,000 kips (9.7 USD) for a group of 6


The bus operates on a fixed schedule.

50,000 Kip/pax (about 2,4 USD)

Private tuk-tuk/car

With this option, you have the freedom to navigate and travel by yourself.

40,000 - 50,000 Kip (2 - 2,4 USD)

Motorbike/ Bicycle rental

The motorbike journey takes about 50 minutes. Cycling requires around 2 hours. 

You can find a place to park your vehicle outside the entrance to the waterfall.

  • Motorbike rental: 4 - 10 USD/day

  • Bicycle rental:  1 - 5 USD/day

Boat ride

The boat trip also includes visits to Pak Ou Cave and a few surrounding villages.

A boating package may cost around 150 USD/person


Things to do and see

At this waterfall, you’ll be pleased to find not only stunning landscapes but also a variety of intriguing choices.

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What to see in Kuang Si Waterfall

  • Swimming: You can find pools available for swimming at many points of the complex. These beautifully blue pools are refreshing and entirely natural with water cascading from above.

This place has rope swings hanging from tree branches. You can swing and immerse yourself in the flowing water.

  • Hiking: Beyond the waterfall, the mountainous area is charming for a leisurely stroll and a light hike to the top for 20 minutes. Some areas might be a bit challenging and slippery due to water, so be cautious.

  • Bear Rescue Centre: Admission to this area is included in the waterfall entrance fee. If you're lucky, you may encounter bears enjoying their natural environment. You can support the center through donations or by purchasing merchandise.

  • Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park: Here, you'll receive detailed guidance on the park and butterfly nurturing. You'll also witness a beautiful natural space with various butterfly species. The entrance fee here is around 40,000 Kip (2 USD).

  • Take Pictures: A picturesque and popular photo spot is the wooden bridge in front of the waterfall. You're sure to capture memorable shots with the harmonious natural scenery here.

  • Picnic: Sightseeing and picnicking can take half a day or a full day. This place is an excellent spot for an outdoor lunch excursion.

Tips to explore

These days, Kuang Si Waterfall is quite a touristic destination. This is understandable as the site attracts a large number of visitors every year. However, that doesn't mean you can't expect an opportunity to immerse yourself in absolute nature here.

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  • Low-traffic periods: The tourist off-season spans from May to October, early mornings from 8 AM to 10 AM, and weekdays. 

  • Not all areas are accessible for swimming: So pay attention to signs indicating restricted zones. 

  • For hiking: Choose suitable sandals or shoes, as the mountainous terrain can be challenging. If taking a light stroll, flip-flops are acceptable.

  • Explore the main waterfall first: To find a more pleasurable spot for swimming. Many travelers find this approach helpful.

  • Restaurant: You can discover dining options in the surrounding area.

  • Things to pack: Dry sack, dry towel, appropriate swimsuit (as Laos places importance on traditions).

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Kuang Si Falls is an ideal destination for a half-day or full-day trip from Luang Prabang that you should not miss. This destination offers more than just a waterfall scenery. Feel free to leave us a message if you want to include Kuang Si Falls in your Laos travel plan!